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45/70 Government 300gr. Hornady JHP (Goldilocks Load) 500 Rds


Due to popular demand, we have brought back our 45/70 Government load that is ideal for deer at < 100 yards. The reason for its name, “The Goldilocks Load,” is that its recoil is JUST RIGHT. Falling between our low-recoil, Trapdoor safe load (1,410 FPS from a 18″ barrel) and our potent, high power load (2,054 FPS from an 18″ barrel) this round outperforms the low-recoil load at longer distances without making your shoulder sore.

Compared to our high power load, impact velocities between 0 and 70 yards will produce a more controlled bullet expansion with greater weight retention and potentially less meat damage. Velocity from 18″ barrels is 1,830 feet per second.

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45-70 Ammo | 45 70 Govt Ammo from TOP brands like Winchester, Federal, Hornady, and More! | Free Shipping Available! — 17 products / 17 models
45-70 ammo was introduced by the U.S. government (hence, the 45 70 govt nomenclature) in 1873. For two decades, they used this rifle ammo to chamber an assortment of military weaponry, including rifles and Gatling guns. Today, .45 70 ammo maintains popularity among lever-action rifle shooters and fans of firearm history.image

What is the 45-70 round good for?
45 70 govt was one of the first centerfire cartridges in the industry, and it gained the attention of hunters in the United States after its proclaimed success in the army. A 45 70 round packs the power and penetration you need for taking down deer and other big game at least 150 yards out, which is plenty of distance for most sportsmen. 45-70 ammo is available for many short-barreled leveraction rifles, which are easy to carry and quick to fire.

Will a 45-70 stop a grizzly?
It’s important to note that .45-70 ammo comes in a variety of loads and bullet types, and it is dangerous to shoot higher pressure ammo (sometimes labeled as P+) from an older lever-action rifle. Always check ahead of time to make sure your rifle is compatible with higher-power loads. That being said, manufacturers like Federal Premium have 45 70 bullets designed to take down bears. The only issue is that you will need to be about 100-feet away max to stop a grizzly bear. If you want a round with more range that can stop a grizzly, you may want to check out more modern rounds like 338 Win Mag.

Which is bigger 300 Win Mag or 45-70?
When it comes to 300 Win Mag vs 45 70 rounds, you need to figure in bullet grain to fairly decide the more powerful cartridge. 180gr bullets are one of the most popular for 300 Win Mag ammo, while 300gr bullets are the preference for 45 70 rounds. On average, 300 Win Mag 180gr rounds have a muzzle velocity of 3,000fps and have enough stopping power to take down an elk at least 600 yards out. 45-70 300gr rounds have a muzzle velocity of around 2,350fps and pack enough power to guarantee takedowns at about 150 yards. Both cartridges are equally effective at shorter ranges, but you should go with 300 Win Mag if you want to effectively shoot from longer distances.

Is a 45-70 too big for deer?
Some people believe that 45 70 ammo is overkill for deer and makes a lot of the meat inedible. However, in its effective range of 100-150 yards, 45-70 ammo won’t ruin as much meat on a whitetail as a 300 Win Mag round would. You want a powerfully to ethically take down a deer, and 45 70 govt provides plenty of stopping power that certainly isn’t overkill in most situations.

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Range (yds) Velocity (fps) Energy (ft-lbs) Trajectory (in)
                      –        1,830        2,231           (1.5)
                     50        1,653        1,820            0.9
                    100        1,491        1,482              –
                    150        1,347        1,208           (4.8)
                    200        1,223           997         (14.3)
                    250        1,125           842         (29.7)
                    300        1,050           734         (52.0)


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