I love the 45-70 Gov't and my favorite rifle is my Ruger No. 1 of course chamber in it. With that, my go to rifle and cartridge is my Savage 110 in 7mm Rem Mag. To me, it works well in the woods of Kentucky and the wide open plains out west.
The 45-70 still sees a lot of action each deer season though.
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