My Favorite Cartridges for Africa (Part 15)

by david on November 9, 2012

45-70 Government

A 405-grain bullet at 1800 fps yields 2850 ft. lbs. of energy and 35 ft. lbs. of recoil

Probably not available in Africa

            Why in the world would I put a 140+ year old American cartridge in a blog about African cartridges?  Just because I like it and I want to.  All kidding aside, the 45-70 is a grand old cartridge and I plan on using mine in Africa some day for plains game.  The 405-grain bullet, which is almost ½ inch in diameter, hits like a sledge hammer, makes a nice wound channel, and leaves a great blood trail.  I would have no problem at all hunting any plains game (with the possible exception of eland) with my set up.  I shoot the cartridge in a Marlin 1895-lever action and it is drop-dead accurate.  I have no trouble at all keeping my shots in a 6” circle at 100 yards with iron sites.  I have long dreamed of taking a 1895 Winchester on safari like Teddy Roosevelt did, but I probably never will be willing to part with the cash to purchase a period rifle.  The 45-70 would be a perfect substitute, and I will use mine some day.

My Marlin 1895 in 45-70 Govt.

My Marlin 1895 in 45-70 Govt.

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