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‘Straight-Shooting’ Advice

Iowa and other states are opening shotgun-only deer seasons to straight-walled cartridges like the .45-70 Gov’t., .444 Marlin and .450 Bushmaster. Here’s how to wring the most performance from their rainbow-like trajectories.

New for 2020: Magnum Research Custom BFR .45-70 Gov't. Revolver

This massive 17.5-inch-barreled .45-70 BFR from Magnum Research’s custom shop is entirely stainless steel, and features a Hogue rubber grip, adjustable sights, an octagonal barrel and pentagon-shaped 5-round cylinder.

Top 5 Lever-Action Rifle Cartridges

Let's take a closer look at five of the best lever-action rifle cartridges.

Lever-Gun 101

A quick-handling lever-action excels in situations where seconds count, but like any rifle is only as good as the hunter who’s carrying it.

8 Best Charge-Stopping Bear Cartridges

Over the decades, several cartridges have proved themselves as worthy against charging bears in North America. Here’s a look at the best bear defense cartridges ever made.

Behind the Bullet: .45-70 Government

The .45-70 Government represents an era of American firearm development that is most certainly romantic and charismatic. However, the usefulness of the design is what has allowed it to see its way from the 19th century through the 21st century.

The Most American Rifle Cartridge

It’s as big as the Grand Canyon, it’s right at home when chambered in a classic lever gun like the Winchester Model 1886, the Marlin Model 1895 or a classic Sharps falling block, and like America herself, it’s big enough to handle Alaska. Meet the "Most American" rifle cartridge: the .45-70 Government.

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