The Henry .45-70 Lever Action Rifle

The Henry .45-70 is a caliber that traces its origins from the battlefield to its modern-day presence in hunting camps across the country.

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Introduced by the U.S. Army in 1873, this cartridge was first known as the .45 Government. As it made its way into commercially produced firearms the name .45-70 appeared because it was loaded with a 70-grain blackpowder charge with 405 and 500-grain bullets. Virtually all rifle making companies of the late 19th century chambered their single shots and lever actions for the .45-70. As those companies and their rifles faded away, the .45-70’s popularity did not.

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Factory .45-70 ammunition has been cataloged continuously since 1873 but never in the variety of loadings available now, in the 21st century. They range from 405-grain lead bullet, low-velocity loads for deer hunting and target shooting to high-velocity 300 to 400 grain jacketed bullet ones meant for large game.Watch the Henry .45-70 Lever Action Rifle take down some buffalo in our 3 part series of Eye of the Hunter at the Crow Nation in Southeastern Montana!

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