45-70 Ammo for sale in stock and ready to ship

The .45-70 Ammo is a cartridge that has a long history, dating back to its introduction by the U.S. Army’s Springfield Armory in 1873 as the Springfield Model 1873. Its full technical name is .45-70-405:

  • The “.45” refers to the bullet diameter, which is 11.6 mm.
  • The “70” indicates the weight of the black powder charge in grains.
  • The “405” specifies the weight of the lead projectile (although there was also a .45-70-500 variant).

During the late 19th century, the .45-70 was widely used as a significant game round in America. However, its popularity declined as the 20th century progressed, resulting in less commercially available ammunition. Winchester ceased production of .45-70 rifles in 1935.

Interest in the .45-70 was revitalized in 1972 when Marlin introduced its “new” Model 1895 lever-action rifle chambered in .45-70. Since then, the round has experienced a modest increase in usage, particularly in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

The .45-70 cartridge, with its large diameter bullet, can create substantial wound channels upon impact. However, due to its slower velocities and longer distances, it may not always produce significant hydrostatic shock for quick and efficient kills. While some advocates recommend .45-70 Govt. ammunition for use in dangerous games, its effectiveness in such situations ultimately relies on the shooter’s skill and composure.