.45-70 Sambar Load

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A .45 calibre 350gn round-nose bullet is good medecine on the largest sambar.
A .45 calibre 350gn round-nose bullet is good medecine on the largest sambar.

Q: I plan to use my .45-70 Marlin 1895 Guide Gun on a hunt in Victoria. What load do your suggest for sambar deer? I'd prefer a bullet that's not too heavy so as to cut down too much on velocity, but that penetrates well on angling or going-away shot.
Marty Hurst

A: A couple of years ago I compared the expansion of a number of .458 soft-nose bullets up to 400 grains in weight by shooting them into wet newsprint. When loaded to maximum velocity from a Marlin like your'n, the Hornady 350gn round-nose won the contest by penetrating deeper and retaining more of its original weight. After sectioning the various bullets, I

Hornady 350gn .458 Interlock Round Nose
Hornady 350gn .458 Interlock Round Nose

discovered why. The Hornady bullet has a much thicker jacket and is actually constructed to hold together at .458 Win. Mag. velocities. This should get the job done on a trophy-size sambar stag from any angle. 

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