From C.W.’s place:
I have to say that for me, the pleasure I get from shooting the .45-70 Govt depends very much on what rifle I’m using. In my Browning High Wall, it’s fantastic fun. With a lever rifle — any lever rifle — I have to have some serious padding at the shoulder to be able to shoot more than a few rounds.
I haven’t yet tried that custom ammo in the picture, but I must say I’m intrigued.
I still have a sneaky Bucket List item, which is to hunt Cape buffalo or grizzly bear with my single-shot High Wall, using the heavy Buffalo Bore loads.
HSM makes a 430-gr +P cartridge that breaks the 3,000 ft/lbs at the muzzle, but I don’t know how much that drops off by 50 yards — not much, I would guess.
Compare that with the .375 H&H (300-gr) load Doc Russia ad Mr. Free Market used to nail their respective buffaloes:
Whatever. All the Africa hands and serious hunters of my acquaintance think I’m insane, because to hunt buff or grizzlies you need a minimum muzzle energy of 3,000 ft/lbs at 50 yards, and the 45-70 doesn’t get there. Apparently I wouldn’t be able to get a PH / outfitter to accompany me.
It’s still on the list, however. (Just don’t tell New Wife.)