shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

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shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#1 Post by JNG » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:30 pm

The weekend after Thanksgiving is deer gun in Ohio. Any of you folks had this issue, shooting a Sharps 45-70,for a load that I can use?
(12 weeks after surgery) Shots will be ~100 yards.

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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#2 Post by piller » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:35 pm

What about a factory level load safe for use in a trapdoor Springfield? That should be plenty mild with enough power to kill any whitetail deer.
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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#3 Post by Sixgun » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:48 pm

A 300 grain bullet at 1000 fps will handle thin skinned deer. 11 grains of Unique with any grain bullet shot out of a 10 pound gun will feel like a .223.----6
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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#4 Post by fordwannabe » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:03 pm

For my suppressor equipped 45-70 I was loading 11 grains of trail boss with a 405 or 520 lead bullet, but shots would probably need to be close. I also use 11grains of unique as well in a couple old 45-70.
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#5 Post by 3leggedturtle » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:11 am

I was using Unique, can’t remember charge weight but was about 1100fps with a 350gr bullet. Todd

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#6 Post by Ray Newman » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:37 am

Have you discussed this with your surgeon?
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#7 Post by Old Savage » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:40 am

Shoulder surgery usually involves a long gradual recovery. First full strengthening cycle of ligament Is about 30 months.
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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#8 Post by jeepnik » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:58 pm

It's been just over a year since my chest was cracked open. It was months before I dared .22 leverguns. I only started using centerfire leverguns a few months ago. I'm just a bit leery of touching of the 45/70 GS. Doc says it should be ok, but some days it still aches a bit and I have no desire to mess up all good work that was done putting me back together.
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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#9 Post by Pete44ru » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:11 pm

Old Savage wrote:
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Shoulder surgery usually involves a long gradual recovery. First full strengthening cycle of ligament us about 30 months.


Yeah, I sure wouldn't be shooting a .30-30 only 12 weeks after shoulder surgery, much less a .45-70 !

I look at it this way: If the shoulder never recovers fully because of another injury, powerful long guns might be verboten forever.

If you miss it, there'll be another deer season next year - pretty much what I had to do last year, after my open heart surgery.


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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#10 Post by jkbrea » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:14 pm

I went elk hunting about 16 weeks after a shoulder replacement. It gave me an excuse to buy a Marlin TK 30-30. I used one of those shotgun shoulder pads. It helped a little. It took me about 6 months before I could shoot a 30-06 and 45-70 pain free. My doctor wouldn't give me the ok. Maybe for liability reasons. Everyone heals different. I was 52 at the time. Keeping up on physical therapy helped a whole lot. Good luck hunting!

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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#11 Post by TraderVic » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:53 pm

In 2012 I scheduled and had rotator cuf surgery on my strong side (right shoulder) in July, so I would be healed enough to fire a rifle for deer hunting in later November. At the range, I strapped on my recoil shield and started with my 30-30, and it was fine. Then I carefully shot my 270 and it was comfortable as well.

I have a Marlin 45/70 That I reload for - and shoot, but there's no way I'd shoot my 45/70 back then. I'm a bit hesitant now six years later. My son mostly uses it now.

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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#12 Post by Old Savage » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:45 pm

Well Pete, I have seen and taken care of a number of them, no hard and fast rule. They can blow up in rehab. You take your choice but if you rush it, don't cry. Many get away with what they want.
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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#13 Post by gundownunder » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:53 am

I'd use this as an opportunity.
It won't be good for your shoulder to shoot the 45-70, you need to buy either a 357 magnum rifle or a 44-40 rifle, whichever of the two you don't already have. :P
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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#14 Post by 1894cfan » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:25 pm

I'd start out light if I was you, start with a .22 rimfire, if that works go to a light shooting pistol caliber rifle then work up to heavy shooting pistol caliber rifle, then go on to a light shooting rifle caliber rifle and so on. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BLOW OUT YOUR SHOULDER AGAIN! You'd be stuck with just rimfire for the rest of your life, if that. :mrgreen:

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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#15 Post by JNG » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:17 pm

I talk to the doc, don't shot a 45-70 for~5 more months.
I am sure that is good advice, so I guess I will use the .357 max.
I was just hoping that I could do it with the Sharps.
I'll let you know how my hunt goes, thanks for the advice.

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Re: shooting 45-70 after shoulder surgery

#16 Post by FWiedner » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:41 pm

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Can you shoot from the other shoulder?

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