The .45-70 was later an immediate hit among sportsmen, and the .45-70 has survived to the present day. Today, the traditional 405-grain (26.2 g) load is considered adequate for any North American big game within its range limitations, including the great bears, and it does not destroy edible meat on smaller animals such as deer due to the bullet's low velocity. It is very good performer for big-game hunting in brush or heavy timber where the range is usually short. The .45-70, when loaded with the proper bullets at appropriate velocities, has been used to hunt the African "big-five." As Reloading Solutions Limited has no control over improper storage, handling, loading or use of Vihtavuori powders after they have left our facility, we make no warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, limited or full. We specifically disclaim all warranties of fitness for a particular purpose and merchantability. We specifically disclaim all liability for consequential damages of any kind whatsoever, whether or not due to seller’s negligence or based on strict product liability or principle of indemnity or contribution, Reloading Solutions Limited neither assumes nor authorises any person to assume for it any liability in connection with the use of this product.
Designed in 1873 for use in the single shot “Trapdoor” Springfield, the original .45-70 Government cartridge loading fired a 405-grain bullet propelled by a powder charge of 70 grains of black powder in a copper case. This original black powder load pushed a cast lead bullet at a velocity of about 1350 feet per second. With more than 1600-foot pounds of muzzle energy, this cartridge was one of the most powerful loads available at the time and was effectively used by the Army through the Indian Wars in the late 1800s.