I can't say enough good things about this rifle. The balance and all the ergonomics are perfect.
The oversized lever loop shows that someone built this "for use". Since most large game hunting is in Winter it stands to reason most people will be wearing gloves, right?
The XS rail is perfect for mounting optics a little farther away than most rifles to prevent getting a black eye and the ghost ring sight with white front ramp sight are actually usable.
The recoil pad really does it job. You'll be very glad its there and reduces recoil below 12ga shotgun levels.
Stainless = less rusting than bluing. The laminate stock is beautiful and very rigid. I drilled some holes to mount an Accu-riser cheek pad and it was very hard to drill into.
While most poo-poo the rainbow trajectory of the 45-70, the fact remains that with the proper load this round can drop anything with legs on every continent on Earth. Any seasoned hunter will tell you most shots are under 150yrds. Rounds range from 300gr to just under 600gr. Buy a rangefinder!
This is my only rifle, but not my first. Be wary of the man with only one gun, for he surely knows how to use it. If you're even considering this rifle, buy it. You will never sell it.