45-70 Bullets

Check out our in-stock 45-70 bullets for sale below. Please note, this page contains products that are only the projectiles for reloads. Head to this page for our loaded 45-70 ammo.

While by no means a sharpshooter’s cartridge based on today’s standards, at the time of its introduction the 45-70 Government delivered a marked improvement in range and accuracy over the 50-70 Government cartridge it was designed to replace. As one of the more popular classic American cartridges the 45-70 is often favored by old-timers with lever-actions.

The cartridge’s complete name “45-70-405” indicates its original bullet diameter, black powder weight, and bullet weight. 45-70 bullets for reloading can weigh as light as 300 grains or heavy as 500 grains, and generally sport the flat nose profile requisite for proper functioning in a lever action. The soft, pointed polymer tip featured on Hornady’s LEVERevolution bullet does offer the greater accuracy of a spire point profile.

How “hot” you ought to make your 45-70 handloads depends on your rifle. A Springfield Trapdoor’s action isn’t able to handle very powerful pressures, and demands cartridges loaded to less than 18,000 psi. Standard 45-70 rifles must be loaded to less than 28,000 psi, but Ruger’s No. 1 and No. 3 rifles can manage up to 40,000 psi. Be very careful not to handload rounds that could damage an antique!

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  1. Hornady .458 Diameter Bullets - 325 Grain FTX - 50 Count


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    Cost Per Bullet 60.0¢ per bullet
    Bullet Weight 325 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 45 Caliber, 45-70 Gov, 458 Lott, 458 SOCOM
    Quantity 50
    Bullet Type Flex-Tip-Technology (FTX)
    Manufacturer Hornady
    Manufacturer SKU 45015

    If you need an outstanding bullet for your .458 SOCOM cartridges, order this 50-round box from Hornady. These sleek and expertly-designed 325-grain bullets deliver the maximum performance you expect while maintaining superior accuracy and consistency.

    These .458-inch diameter bullets have a patented flex-tip design and an interlocking ring that mechanically-locks the core and the jacket together for excellent weight retention and deep penetration. The secant ogive gives the bullets stability and flat trajectories, increasing the effectiveness of each and every shot. The bullets will cycle smoothly into the chamber and give off less fouling, helping you maintain superior accuracy.

    Hornady is one of the most popular and innovative bullet manufacturers in the country. They have a large selection of top-quality bullets that deliver accuracy and precision to many different calibers. Since 1949, this Nebraska-based company has been a top name in ammunition and reloading supplies.

    Customer Reviews

    Excellent service thank you much

    Very please with my purchase and You guys were On point We'll see you again thank you much

    Review by Shoe dog (Posted on 6/14/2020)

    very accurate and consistent

    Have now used 100 rnds in our 458 Western Carolina Arms Mjolnir AR15 rifle. I have tested it for function and accuracy so far have shot groups 1/2"cc at 5o yards. function is flawless in our gun. will be doing 100yard test next week.Western Carolina Arms

    Review by Beaver (Posted on 7/16/2017)

  2. Hornady .458 Diameter Bullets - 480 Grain DGX - 50 Count


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    Cost Per Bullet $1.10 per bullet
    Bullet Weight 480 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 45 Caliber, 45-70 Gov, 458 Lott, 458 SOCOM
    Quantity 50
    Bullet Type DGX
    Manufacturer Hornady
    Manufacturer SKU 45032

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