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Thread: shooting through multiple people (19th cent.)

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    45-70 would absolutely do it with a 400 or 500 grain lead softnose. Even with the relatively low-speed loads used in the trap-door rifles of the period, exit wounds on buffalo weren't uncommon.

    A Sharps 45-120, although a less common chambering, is period-accurate and would have even greater potential penetration.

    Google the website "box of truth" and use the search feature to find the 45-70. The testing they do there will give you an idea of the penetrative potential of the round.

    If you can push a little past the turn of the century, the .30-06 has huge penetrative potential with lead solid, the only downside is that at short ranges older rounds sometimes had a tendency to blow apart on impact due to the velocity.
    Last edited by JNG01; 02-15-2018 at 05:54 AM.

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