Then you realize Marlin had continuous issues with production, and the 45-70 is pretty anemic for what it could be if rifles were built to handle what it could be. It's a nice looking rifle but that's about all I'll give it. I'll take my 444 over it in any situation presented to me on this Earth, or even my 450 which is basically what the 45-70 could have been.
End all be all rifle can't beat a Scar 17 for shtf.
As a reloader I tend to give the 45-70 a real break. Most of the rounds sold at the sporting goods store are probably not fully loaded. Their reasoning is simple. There are lots of 45-70 rifles still loose in the world that do not have receivers that us "modern boys" have.
Heck, I've seen barrels that were made by wrapping the steel around a big, solid bolt.
Then again, shooting is fun. And if I have to put fewer grains into the brass it's still a nice day out in the sun with a buddy!