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.45-70 vs .450 Bushmaster — Cartridge Clash

This cartridge clash between the .45-70 Gov't and .450 Bushmaster is less about the minute details of the cartridge and more about your personal taste in firearms.

.45-70 vs .450 Bushmaster — Cartridge Clash

That the .45-70 stills warrants discussion as a modern sporting round is something of a miracle. After all, this straight-wall cartridge was originally designed to be used with blackpowder propellants in 1873 and somehow survived the advent of bottleneck cartridges and smokeless powder.

The .45-70 has benefited from technological advancements over its long lifespan. Modern actions like the Ruger No. 1 and the Marlin 1895 can handle higher pressures than the bygone 1873 Trapdoor Springfields, and the current selection of advanced smokeless powders and quality bullets allow modern hunters to do things with the .45-70 that shooters a few generations back couldn’t imagine.

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