45-70 Ammo

.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!

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  1. Sellier & Bellot 45-70 Government 405 Grain SP – 20 Rounds


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    Manufacturer Sellier & Bellot
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 405 Grain
    Bullet Type Soft-Point (SP)
    Use Type hunting big game, hunting whitetail deer, plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 20
    Ammo Caliber 45-70 Government
    Manufacturer SKU SB4570A
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 754908512744
    Cost Per Round $2.94 per round

    We don’t expect the U.S. Army to begin using the 45-70 Government again any time soon. Don’t hold your breath until military surplus 45-70 starts hitting the market! But for all your target shooting and hunting pleasure, Sellier & Bellot’s new production 45-70 is going to hit the spot.

    This round has the 45-70’s true 405 grain projectile: a soft point, to be precise, which fans out inside of soft tissue to quickly drop game with a wide diameter wound cavity. This round’s classic bullet simply can’t be as accurate as the high-tech polymer tips hitting the market, though it’s still ballistically efficient enough to reach 300 yards with over 1,000 ft lbs of energy to spare. (That’s if you have a 24” barrel – not a BFR.) The bullet features symmetrical notches around its exposed core to help control positive expansion, and its broad tip makes it safe to load in a lever-action rifle.

    Sellier & Bellot’s state of the art factory in the Czech Republic draws straight brass cases, loads clean-burning propellant, and mints non-corrosive Boxer primers. This ammo’s nonmagnetic bullets offer highly consistent ballistic performance, so you can hunt even better than the old-timers.

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