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FO76 publicteam xpd.pngFor the variant appearing in the 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.


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

Lead (30)
Build/Scrapped at:
Skill Level:
Repair: 65
Lead (40)
Build/Scrapped at:
Skill Level:
Repair: 90
Perk (Rank):


Breaking down a standard .45-70 round yields:

Build/Scrapped at:
Skill Level:
Repair: 65
Lead (27)

Weapons using this ammunition


.45-70 Gov't, hollow point

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)

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 typeAmmunition typeSpread modifierWeapon spread modifier
Damage modifierWeapon Damage modifierBonus effectAmmo bonus effects
Damage Threshold modifierTarget Damage Threshold modifierCraftableAmmo is craftable
Condition penaltyWeapon condition modifierPercentage chance of empty casingPercentage chance of empty casing, hull or drained cell/pack/tank
Ammunition type Damage modifier Damage Threshold modifier Condition penalty Spread modifier Craftable Percentage chance of empty casing
.45-70 Gov't, standardx 1x 1x 1x 1Yes35% chance
.45-70 Gov't, SWC (hand load)x 1.2- 6x 3x 1Yes20% chance
.45-70 Gov't, hollow pointx 1.75x 3x 1x 1No35% chance

Named locations


If one looks closely at the headstamp on the cartridge model, it reads ".357 Magnum".