The .45-70 rifle cartridge, also known as . 45-70 Government, was developed at the U.S. Army's Springfield Armory for use in the Springfield Model 1873, which is known to collectors as the "Trapdoor Springfield". The new cartridge was a replacement for the stop-gap .50-70 Government cartridge which had been adopted in 1866, one year after the end of the American Civil War.

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  1. The Heretic

    .45-70 Marlin guide gun @ mile plus

    This team has a number of vids of long range shooting like this.
  2. tac

    Loading .45-70 Govt.....

    can be a RPITA for a number of reasons, but the biggest one, for me, is trying to get a GOOD load of BP in that seemingly HUGE case. The eponymous 70gr of FFg just ain't gonna happen, especially with modern cartridge cases and their somewhat rounded inner volumes. 60gr? Nope, even using a...
  3. xyzzy

    .45-70 WCF questions

    Howdy gals & gents, before you get too excited about the topic, let me say that my question is about a rifle, not the caliber. (I already am a fan of the caliber.) I have an original model 1886 Winchester chambered in .45-70 with octagonal barrel which, by its serial number, was manufactured...
  4. Seacowboys

    Lee-enfield SMLE to .45-70 Conversion

    I am new to this forum and in fact, am a Southerner living down in Mobile, Alabama but a friend on another forum recommended this would be a good place to get a bit information about a project I want to under-take. I have a .45-70 in a double rifle, a Henry Golden Boy, and a Savage 219B...
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