PHOENIX WEAPONRY’S .45-70

PHOENIX WEAPONRY PUTS A NEW SPIN ON A FRON­TIER CLAS­SIC WITH THE .45-70 AUTO

Recoil - - Front Page - BY TOM MAR­SHALL PHO­TOS BY AZ PHOTOMAN AND STEVEN KUO

It wouldn’t be much of an ir­ra­tional ar­gu­ment to claim that the AR-15 plat­form has been re­fined nearly to its engi­neer­ing apex. Dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers have made al­ter­ations to bar­rel length, gas sys­tem length, buf­fer weight, buf­fer spring weight, gas port size, cham­ber di­men­sions, and just about any other phys­i­cal di­men­sion you can name. With the sheer vol­ume of tech­ni­cal data now avail­able on the ri­fle’s per­for­mance in var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions, Amer­ica’s Ri­fle has now be­come a prime test bed for all man­ner of bal­lis­tic ex­per­i­ments. In a quest to push the per­for­mance en­ve­lope of the plat­form, and to sell more ri­fles, many com­pa­nies are field­ing AR-pat­tern ri­fles in more and more un­con­ven­tional cal­ibers for spe­cialty ap­pli­ca­tions.

En­ter Phoenix Weaponry in Colorado. They’ve un­der­taken a num­ber of out­side-the-box projects and are bring­ing a par­tic­u­larly unique big-bore AR to mar- ket. What started as a pet project will now be avail­able for pur­chase. They’ve built a highly cus­tom­ized AR ri­fle around an equally cus­tom car­tridge: the .45-70 Auto. Phoenix Weaponry let us play with their pre­pro­duc­tion test ri­fle dur­ing a group hog hunt­ing trip in Texas. The ri­fle’s per­for­mance against the Lone Star State’s four-legged ver­min didn’t dis­ap­point. Be­fore we talk about that, a lit­tle his­tory on where this hard-hit­ting round came from.

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