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The Ancient .45-70 Government is Quite Popular

November 15, 2008
By KENNETH COBB, For The Inter-Mountain

The .45-70 Government was developed at the United States Army's Springfield Armory for use in the Model 1873 rifle known as the "Trapdoor Springfield." This cartridge replaced the .50-70 cartridge that had been in use since 1866. This new cartridge would be completely identified as the .45-70-405. The nomenclature at that time was based on these characteristics of the cartridge:

 
 
 

 

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