45-70 Government 400gr SPFN 500Rds


  • 1,610 FPS (18″)
  • 400 grain Soft Point Flat Nose Speer
  • 500 Rounds
  • New Starline Brass
  • Hodgdon (smokeless) Powder
  • 45/70 Government (modern and strong actions only)

Best Experience of 45-70 Government 400gr Soft Point Flat Nose 500 Rounds.

The 45-70  Government 400gr SPFN 500Rds rifle cartridge, also known as  45-70 Government, was developed at the U.S. Army’s Springfield Armory for use in the Springfield Model 1873, which is known to collectors as the “Trapdoor Springfield.” The new cartridge was a replacement for the stop-gap .50-70 Government cartridge, which had been adopted in 1866, one year after the end of the American Civil War.

45-70 Government 400gr SPFN

This is our all-purpose 45/70 hunting load.  This load is capable of cleanly taking deer, elk, and moose-sized games.  The Speer soft point is proven to expand uniformly while providing more than adequate penetration on all but the largest brown bears.  The cartridge overall length is < 2.545″ so they run smoothly through all lever guns.

Recoil with this 400 grain jacketed bullet falls between our trapdoor safe loads and our High Power load.  It can be described as a moderate push- compared to the more abrupt recoil felt when driving a lighter bullet significantly faster.

  • 1,610 FPS (18″)
  • 400-grain Soft Point Flat Nose Speer
  • 500 Rounds
  • New Starline Brass
  • Hodgdon (smokeless) Powder
  • 45/70 Government (modern and strong actions only)

Like all of our 45/70 loads- accuracy is impressive and reliability is unmatched.

Note: This load will not be chambered freely in Henry single shot rifles due to the relationship between throat length and bullet profile.

Important Product and Safety Information of 45-70  Government

  • You must be 18 or older to purchase Rifle or Shotgun Ammunition and 21 or older to purchase Handgun Ammunition. In ordering this product, you certify that you are of legal age and satisfy your jurisdiction’s legal requirements to purchase this product.
  • For safety reasons, we do not accept returns on ammunition. Always make sure you use the correct ammunition for your specific firearm.
  • The sale or shipment of this product to residents of certain jurisdictions is prohibited. Check your local laws before ordering this product. Check your local laws for any other regulations.
  • We recommend the use of protective eyewear whenever using or near the use of this item.
  • Item will only be shipped using Ground Shipping to the contiguous 48 states only.
Features and Benefits of 45-70 Government
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From left, .30-06, .45-70, and .50-90 Sharps
Type Rifle
Place of origin United States
Service history
Used by United States
Wars Indian Wars, Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War
Production history
Designer US government
Designed 1873
Case type Rimmed, straight
Bullet diameter .458 in (11.6 mm)
Neck diameter .480 in (12.2 mm)
Base diameter .505 in (12.8 mm)
Rim diameter .608 in (15.4 mm)
Rim thickness .070 in (1.8 mm)
Case length 2.105 in (53.5 mm)
Rifling twist 1-20″
Primer type Large rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
300 gr (Trapdoor) lead PB 1,597 ft/s (487 m/s) 1,699 ft⋅lbf (2,304 J)
405 gr (Trapdoor) lead FN 1,394 ft/s (425 m/s) 1,748 ft⋅lbf (2,370 J)
300 gr (standard) JHP 2,069 ft/s (631 m/s) 2,852 ft⋅lbf (3,867 J)
300 gr (strong) JHP 2,275 ft/s (693 m/s) 3,449 ft⋅lbf (4,676 J)



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