4 replies [Last post]
Joined: 10/24/2012
Posts: 37
45-70 range on Bear, moose, and bison ?

What would be the effective range of a 45-70 on a brown bear, moose, and a heavy bodied bison ?

Critter's picture
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 4060
A 45-70 shoots like a

A 45-70 shoots like a rainbow, the further away a target is the higher you need to aim. For any of the animals that you listed except for the brown bear I would have to say that 150 yards would be max. For the bear I would keep it under 100 yards just for the simple fact that you don't want to make him mad.

A lot of brown and black bears have fallen to that round and I would figure that most of them have been under 100 yards.

possum's picture
Location: SK Canada
Joined: 03/31/2009
Posts: 212
I totally agree with you

I totally agree with you critter on the 150 yds with the 45-70. Like you mentioned they have a trajectory like a rainbow. Definetly would'nt be my 1st choice for an open area where shots could surpass 200 yds

groovy mike's picture
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Joined: 03/19/2009
Posts: 2503

I agree but a lot will depend on the load you are using too....

Joined: 10/20/2014
Posts: 12
150-200-150. Used it on a

150-200-150. Used it on a drawn hunt near delta junction Alaska for bison with great success at 150 but the bullet failed to penetrate past the far shoulder. Moose are a lot less tough though