.45-70 Gov't

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For the variant appearing in Fallout 4 add-on, Far Harbor, see .45-70.

.45-70 Gov't is a type of ammunition in Fallout: New Vegas.


A powerful, .45 caliber, late 19th century era black powder rifle round, .45-70 Gov't (Government) rounds are one of the rarer types of ammunition found in the Mojave Wasteland. However, especially at higher levels, they can be bought in decent quantities from some merchants.

Weapons using this ammunitionEdit


Standard and SWC .45-70 Gov't rounds can be crafted at a reloading bench. A single cartridge requires the following ingredients:

Lead (30)
rangeIcon range
Repair: 65
levelIcon level
.45-70 Gov't Rounds (1)
Lead (40)
rangeIcon range
Repair: 90
levelIcon level
.45-70 SWC (hand load) (1)


Breaking down a standard .45-70 round yields:

.45-70 Gov't Rounds (1)
rangeIcon range
Repair: 65
levelIcon level
Lead (27)


.45-70 Gov't, hollow pointEdit

Hollow point bullets mushroom or fragment on impact, causing massive trauma to unarmored targets, similar to those of buckshot. However, since the bullet loses almost all of its energy upon contact, it will hardly be able to penetrate armored targets. Certain weapons such as the Medicine Stick, combined with 100 Guns skill, as well as perks such as Cowboy, Bloody Mess and other damage boosting perks can result in the total damage exceeding the 3x DT multiplier of these bullets.

.45-70 Gov't, SWC (hand load)Edit

Flat-nosed round designed to deal maximum damage to targets at close range by tumbling when it hits. This type of round was originally designed to shoot paper targets. This ammunition type puts a severe strain on a gun's condition due to its extremely heavy powder load. It requires the Hand Loader perk to craft.


Ammunition typeAssault carbine extended magazines Damage modifierIcon damage Damage Threshold modifierIcon shield gold Condition penaltyIcon repair Spread modifierIcon spread CraftableIcon crafting Percentage chance of empty casingIcon chance
.45-70 Gov't, standardx 1x 1x 1x 1yesIcon check35% chance
.45-70 Gov't, SWC (hand load)x 1.2- 6x 3x 1yesIcon check20% chance
.45-70 Gov't, hollow pointx 1.75x 3x 1x 1noIcon cross35% chance

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