THREE CURRENT .45/70S
A lever-action for the traditionalist: The beautiful case-hardened receiver, gorgeous octagonal barrel, and pretty wood give the ’86 tremendous aesthetic impact. The heft of the rifle is a good thing because the crescent metal buttplate, pretty though it may be, is rough on the shooter’s shoulder.
Steel crescent buttplate Receiver tapped for peep sight Case-hardened finish
9 ½ pounds, 42 ¾ inches long 24-inch octagonal barrel
HENRY STEEL WILDLIFE
A handsome blend of traditional elegance and practical hunting utility, this is the fastest cycling of the .45/70 lever-actions. And the receiver is drilled and tapped for mounting a scope, though the iron sights it comes with are quite good. The thick recoil pad takes the sting out of hard-hitting loads.
Receiver tapped and drilled for scope base
No external safety
Game profiles done in 24k gold 7 ¼ pounds, 37 ¼ inches long 18.4-inch barrel
MARLIN MODERN HUNTER
Produced by the Marlin Custom Shop, this is the best expression of the .45/70 in a 21st-century lever gun. With its durable Cerakotefinished exterior and synthetic stock, oversize lever loop, and excellent peep sight, it is ready to take on the toughest animals in the harshest environments.
Outstanding peep sight Picatinny rail for mounting optics
• Oversize lever loop
• Crossbolt safety
• 7 ½ pounds, 35 ¾ inches long • 17 ½-inch threaded barrel • Price: $2,195