Browning has brought back Winchester 1886’s in different configurations. My favourite is the light contour 1886 lever rifle. Also, Browning’s Winchester brand has brought back the 1885 High Wall in various versions: the heavy barrel Vernier Sight Target Model and this year the traditional hunter in 45-70 and also 45-90. H&R New England Firearms build a couple of standard break open 45-70 Rifles and also the Buffalo Hunter which is quite a bit of rifle for the money. Marlin has re-introduced the 45/70 quite a few years ago and has had stainless, long barrel and short guide guns, etc.
Ruger offers the No. 1 in 45/70 single shot in a couple of variations. Chiappa and a couple of other reproduction companies offer the 1886 rifle or carbine in 45/70. Uberti offers the Sharps and the Highwall in 45/70. Let’s not forget the BFR 45/70 single action revolver. Also, the Baikal SXS 45/70 double rifle which we have found shot better than what its price would indicate. I know there are others I’ve failed to mention in this old U.S. military cartridge.
The point is there are a lot of choices to shoot a big bore without killing your shoulder or pocket book.
The 45/70 with Remington factory ammo is pleasant to shoot with more of a shotgun recoil than a heavy sharp magnum recoil. Better performing ammo for hunting or long range target can be bought from Hornady or other manufacturers who load for modern firearms. Reloading will also squeeze more performance out of this old war horse.
Enjoy shooting a gong or paper with this vintage big bore cartridge. Maybe even hunt moose in heavy cover; the 45/70 might not be going 3000 F.P.S. but up to 150 yards or better it’s a large bullet with devastating knock down power.
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In 1962 Remington announced the new model 700 ADL (Average Deluxe) and BDL (Better Deluxe) and within a year or so even Remington management was stunned by the rifle’s success.
Remington would follow this success with the 700 Classic, a straight stock with no monte carlo or cheek piece and satin finish. In 1981 Remington offered the 700 Classic in a limited production in caliber 7mm Mauser and every year there after the Classic was only offered in one special caliber.