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45-70 barrel length

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Ok I have a question. I’m going to buy a 45-70, but I’m not sure about the barrel length. Is there that much of a difference between an 18” barrel over a 20” out to say 200 yards? Most all of my shots will be under that. Thanks


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On a 45-70 I don’t really think it’ll matter which one you go with. If you’re doing a lot of stalking/driving I’d go with the shortest barrel more so to lighten the load more than anything. If you’re stand hunting then get whatever is the best price.
It’s more important once you get the gun too hit the range with it as much as you can to get comfortable with it and know where it hits at what yardage. That to me is way more important than length of the barrel especially being a shorter range type gun....

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Ok I have a question. I’m going to buy a 45-70, but I’m not sure about the barrel length. Is there that much of a difference between an 18” barrel over a 20” out to say 200 yards? Most all of my shots will be under that. Thanks


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Negligible difference bud. The real difference will be in aiming. If you intend to put a scooe on it then it doesn't matter. But for iron sights the 20 will be a little easier to aim steady. Welcome to the site!
 
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On a 45-70 I don’t really think it’ll matter which one you go with. If you’re doing a lot of stalking/driving I’d go with the shortest barrel more so to lighten the load more than anything. If you’re stand hunting then get whatever is the best price.
It’s more important once you get the gun too hit the range with it as much as you can to get comfortable with it and know where it hits at what yardage. That to me is way more important than length of the barrel especially being a shorter range type gun....

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Ok thank you, I wasn’t really sure. It’s never been something that I really ever thought about, I’ve only used a shotgun and a rifle in PA.


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Ok I have a question. I’m going to buy a 45-70, but I’m not sure about the barrel length. Is there that much of a difference between an 18” barrel over a 20” out to say 200 yards? Most all of my shots will be under that. Thanks


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Negligible difference bud. The real difference will be in aiming. If you intend to put a scooe on it then it doesn't matter. But for iron sights the 20 will be a little easier to aim steady. Welcome to the site!
Thank you, I’ll be using a scope on it so it should be fine


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