Paired with a good lever gun, the .45/70 is a consummate hunting rig for thick brush or timber. The rifles are short and handy, can be run very fast, and pack a wallop. Lever-actions, being scabbard-friendly, are great for horseback hunts, but they are also ideal for hunting from a blind. For everything from elk to grizzlies to hogs, this pairing is an excellent choice. Many states have relaxed their regulations for primitive weapons seasons, allowing old straight-walled cartridges like the .45/70 to be used where only muzzleloaders or slug guns had been permitted. Good quality, inexpensive break-action single shots are also an option.