The curve on a 5.45 mag is much closer, but the .45-70 is quite a bit longer than a 5.45 and won't fit the mag. You could probably cut and weld some strips to make it work, but my MIG skills stop at "utilitarian"; for something decent, you'd want someone with a TIG welder and the ability to make those pretty little fish-scale welds.
There are two Remington-Lee .45-70 magazines up on gunbroker at the moment. The Lee was the predecessor of the British SMLE Lee-Enfield, and since it was intended for sale to the US Army, it was chambered in the Army's current standard .45-70 cartridge.
Note how it is stamped in left and right sides, and how the rear grooves guide the rim of the cartridge.
Last edited by TRX; 01-20-2010 at 12:33 PM.
I dont have it any more I just recall he was from Wisconsin and he was using a 20 guage Sagia. its been around 5 years ago I read it. i was doing a search on building a 50 cal wildcat.Link?
I followed two dozen links in a "Saiga .45-70" search, lots of comments from people wondering about it, nobody who actually had one.
it was from around the time tromix was working on the 444 marlin.