.45-70 ammunition is a former military cartridge developed by the US Army and used in the "Trapdoor" Springfield Model 1873. Effective against man-sized targets out to 300 yards, the .45-70 was a powerful cartridge for its time and was used in both rifles and Gatling guns.
.45-70 cartridges fire heavy 300 or 400 grain bullets at muzle velocities in the 1,500 to 2,000 feet per second range. This gives them excellent close-range performance but significant drop-off at a distance. As a result, modern use of this caliber typically involves hunting in areas with dense vegetation; in these environments, the .45-70 can be used against everything from deer and hogs to bears.
Despite its length, the .45-70 has also been used in revolvers such as the Magnum Research BFR. Shooters of these "hand cannons" must be steady-handed and strong of wrist!
Hornady 45-70 Gov 250 Grain MonoFlex Polymer Tip - 20 Rounds$49.85
Manufacturer Hornady Condition New Bullet Weight 250 Grain Bullet Type Flex-Tip-Technology (FTX) Use Type hunting boar, hunting whitetail deer, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 45-70 Government Manufacturer SKU 82741 Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 090255827415 Cost Per Round $2.49 per round
If you want a powerful cartridge that you can use in you lever-action rifle, order this 20-round box from Hornady. You’ll have .45-70 Government cartridges that are consistent and reliable, delivering smooth feeding and accurate shot placement to your shooting sports. Thanks to an innovative Flex Tip bullet and LEVERevolution design, these cartridges maintain superior feeding with excellent ballistics.
When these cartridges are fired, the 250-grain bullet comes out of the muzzle with a velocity of 2,025 feet per second and a hammering energy of 2,276 foot pounds. Even when the bullet reaches 300 yards, it still has a speed of 1,071 feet per second and 636 foot pounds of energy.
Hornady is one of the nation’s most popular ammo manufacturers. Since 1949, this innovative company has been creating world-class bullets for American gun-owners. Although they started with big-game hunting bullets, they now make whole cartridges for a wide range of purposes.
Fiocchi 45-70 Government 300 Grain HPFN – 20 Rounds$49.85
Manufacturer Fiocchi Condition New Bullet Weight 300 Grain Bullet Type Semi-Jacketed Hollow-Point (SJHP) Use Type hunting boar, hunting whitetail deer Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 45-70 Government Manufacturer SKU 4570B Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 762344712192 Cost Per Round $2.49 per roundThe most American handgun cartridge is a .45 cal. So too is the most American rifle cartridge – the 45-70 Government. It takes some skill to put that heavy bullet precisely where you want it, but nothing’s more satisfying than dropping a hog or buck with the old-fashioned round.
Fiocchi created this round so you can nail down any medium sized game on your hit list. It’s loaded with a nontraditional 300 grain projectile, so you’re going to witness a higher 1,900 fps muzzle velocity and flatter short-to-medium range trajectory. The 0.185 G1 ballistic coefficient projectile retains at least 1,000 ft lbs of kinetic energy until about 205 yards, and stays supersonic until about 257 yards.
The bullet itself is a hollow point flat nose. It has a gilding metal jacket that prevents fragmentation to promote an effectively deep wound channel. It’s technically a semi-jacket, as it leaves a good portion of the lead core exposed at the tip. That helps its nose cavity unleash wide terminal expansion at relatively low velocities. The HPFN is safe to load in a lever-action rifle, so your Marlin or Henry is ready for action as soon as UPS or FedEx delivers the goods to your doorstep.