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    Modern bolt action 45-70?

    It just occurred to me I've never come across a modern made bolt action rifle in 45-70.

    Can any one refer me to a manufacturer?

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Well, according to google, a re-chambered Enfield is about as close as you are going to get.

    Is that a modern rifle? Kinda depends on what your definition of "Modern" is, doesn't it?

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    Gibbs Rifle Co. made a few 45/70 conversions of the Enfield Mk4 rifle. But i don't believe that they are in business anymore.

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    These guys do conversions of enfields as well. I've also seen a couple of Mosins converted. Commercially I think you may be out of luck. It appears to be a one off or custom request. I've considered getting a Mosin and Enfield done. Just not enough time or resources.

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    "...never come across a modern made bolt action rifle in 45-70..." You won't either. No demand.
    Gibb's is still in business, but they don't bubba No. 4 Lee-Enfields any more. They're busy making fake 1903A4's out of DP'd rifles.

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    I considered this too, got a Marlin 1895 in 45-70. If I want a 45 caliber bolt rifle I will get one of the .458 mags and download to 45-70 power levels. That will give everything the 45-70 can give and a wee bit more if desired. You would want to hand load.
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    I had a friend of mine years ago who converted a Siamese Mauser to 45-70. Said it was a fairly easy project and that the rifle would handle stout hand loads. He called it his "stump roller".

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    bolt action beauty

    "F-Frank:"

    Your'e going to give me a heart attack, and it's not the rifle.

    Thanks for all the replies.

    May be I'll have to go with the Marlin 1895G or Ruger single shot -if I could afford it.

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    The Marlin is quite accurate - takes heavy loads and you can make fast follow up shots - you give up very little with that cartridge in a lever over a bolt gun. I like mine.

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    There is not a factory production bolt action .45-70 as there is no demand for it.

    It takes a LOT of work to make a bolt action feed a rimmed cartridge, even more when it is a big, fat rimmed cartridge.

    The Enfield conversions (Gibbs made a bunch on the No. 1 Mk. III action also) and the few Mosin-Nagant conversions are notable for being done on rifles that are ALL READY set up for handling rimmed cartridges. Same deal with the Siamese Mauser, set up to handle a rimmed cartridge, nearly the ONLY Mauser action that was so set up.

    Your other choices would be the Remington-Lees and some Winchester-Hotchkiss (I think I have them right, it is from memory) from the turn of the century. The US Navy issued a .45-70 Remington Lee for some time.

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