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Magnum Research’s 45-70 BFR

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Several years ago I was able to participate in an old fashioned Kansas buffalo hunt. We lived in a dug in mud wall hut, rode horses and cooked on open fires. I hunted with a classic “buff” rifle an 1873 Sharps in 45-70, 30-inch barrel, and a tang peep sight. I took my bull after hand crawling to within 50 yards of the herd and took the shot sitting. That was quite an experience.

Using a 45-70 in the Sharps gave me a first hunt using that cartridge. I know it as a heck of a hard hitter, but with quite a rainbow trajectory. Some call using a 45-70 as “tossing pumpkins” at a game animal. Now imagine trying to get your head wrapped around a single action revolver that takes that same 45-70 cartridge.

This is exactly what you get with the Magnum Research BFR (Biggest Finest Revolver) handgun. You might be tempted to call this gun a classic “sixgun”, but the BFR 45-70’s cylinder only takes five rounds. That’s enough for a 45-70 cartridge. The 45-70 round is a thumb big brass cartridge with buck busting power at handgun hunting ranges.

The Magnum Research BFR 45-70 is one of several models with a half dozen or more long cartridges for hunting or recreational shooting. This model is referred to as a long cylinder model at the MR web site. This BFR comes in barrel lengths of 7.5 and 10 inches. The overall lengths are 15 to 17.5 inches, a big gun.
The finish on the BFR is a brushed stainless steel. Weight? It tips the scales at 80 ounces or roughly five pounds, a big gun. The front sight is a black fixed sight. The rear is an adjustable sight. Grip handle styles come in a standard type western revolver or the British originated Bisley grip. The Bisley will promote a rock back reaction to the 45-70 recoil.

As mentioned the BFR’s cylinder only handles five rounds rather than the usual six for a gun of this type. A fully loaded BFR would be quite a bit to tote. You’ll need a good holster or even a shoulder holster especially if you are going afield with this gun with the intent of hunting.

Magnum Research is now part of the Kahr Firearms Group, but the BFR models can be found at Check out all the models, variations, and chamberings.

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