Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

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Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby scrapman » 13 Dec 2017 12

hunted last year in ohio with the 300 grain winchester hollow point loads in my rg, results were far from spectacular. killed the 2 deer i shot at but very little internal damage, resulting in prolonged death. shots were broadside between 45 and 65 yards. shots were placed behind shoulder 1/3 the way up. this season i used the hornady rounds in 325 grain. opening day at 73 yards i shot a very large bodied buck in same location and he went straight down with the shot, not even a twitch. nice entry hole and fist sized exit hole. upon field dressing the deer diaphram was intact and the lungs and heart were jelly. on thursday, i was able to fill my antlerless tags on two much closer shots and the results were the same. this round takes a lot of flack it seems about bullet integrity, but for deer hunting i find it amazing.
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby akuser47 » 15 Dec 2017 18

Good to hear you found a round that puts them down humanly.
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby Ranch Dog » 16 Dec 2017 07

Thanks for the report. I wonder what the problem with the Winchester bullet is. It has been around a long time. Sounds like it is not expanding, just punching a hole through them.

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Go to a place like MidwayUSA where there are a lot of reviews and it is very positive in regards to hunters stating that the kills are immediate. I've used it and the Federal as proof ammo for pressure trace testing, both shot very well but I haven't used it on any game. I steered away from buying the Hornady for the pressure trace role as the Hornady brass isn't suitable for reloading with other than the FTX bullet, its well below the SAAMI minimum trim length.
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Re: 45-70 le 325 grain

Postby scrapman » 16 Dec 2017 07

definitely what they did. the felt recoil of that winchester round was so light it made me think the lot i had was way underpowered. saved the brass from that lot for reloading just in case. 100% correct about the hornady brass, much shorter. going to gun show today, my wife says i have enough guns, i say no!
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby Ranch Dog » 16 Dec 2017 08

Just curious, how cold was it in Ohio when you shot those deer? I'm wondering if the W748 used in the ammo had a problem and didn't deliver the intended velocity. Your comments about the felt recoil caused me to consider this. It is good to see someone out in the field with a Rio Grande!
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby scrapman » 18 Dec 2017 08

around 35 degrees, but even target shooting with those rounds, the difference was amazing. the reason i used them last year i was shooting iron sights and the winchesters hit to point of aim at lowest setting and very accurate. the hornady round was 7 inches high. this summer i put a nikon 2-7 on the rio grande and sighted in for the ftx round.
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby Ranch Dog » 18 Dec 2017 11

scrapman wrote:around 35 degrees, but even target shooting with those rounds, the difference was amazing. the reason i used them last year i was shooting iron sights and the winchesters hit to point of aim at lowest setting and very accurate. the hornady round was 7 inches high. this summer i put a nikon 2-7 on the rio grande and sighted in for the ftx round.

Thanks for the reply. When I was looking at the ammo on MidwayUSA, the Hornady was less than the Winchester so that is a win as well.
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby scrapman » 18 Dec 2017 14

inexpensive for the hornady, buds usually the best price.Ranch Dog, when you shoot the cast, what is your aiming point? do you need to break the shoulders? i have the double tap 405 grain load but have never used a cast bullet. thanks
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby Ranch Dog » 19 Dec 2017 09

scrapman wrote:inexpensive for the hornady, buds usually the best price.Ranch Dog, when you shoot the cast, what is your aiming point? do you need to break the shoulders? i have the double tap 405 grain load but have never used a cast bullet. thanks

I try to put the bullet across the top of the heart no matter the angle. You will cut the bottom of both lungs as well. I depend on bullet meplat, the flat point to do its work, I typically see a 1" hole all the way through the animal.
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Re: Hornady 325 FTX LEVERevolution & 45-70

Postby scrapman » 19 Dec 2017 09

thanks so much, the meplat seems to be ..330 on the double tap. hoping to secure a hog area here in jacksonville and fill my freezer with some pork.
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