I recently put a G2 carbine in 45-70 on layaway should have it in a month or two. This is my first Contender and first 45-70 and I'm hoping somebody could provide me with some good load data to start with. I plan on using this gun for plinking and hunting whitetail so I cant envision having to shoot any further than 100 yards. I plan on mounting a cables lever action scope with the bullet drop recticals calibrated for this cartridge. Also, hows the recoil pad? should I consider investing in a Limb Saver or Pachmeyer?