You could get a 30-06 and forget the whole mess (just kidding). I own 3 45-70s, factory standard loads 405 grain really don't kick much. Sort of like a dove load in a 12 guage. The real beauty of a 45-70 is the wide range of possible loadings. Reloaders make "mild" loads which don't kick any more than a .410 and can still drop game. The hot loads really do kick hard. I bought 3 boxes of corbon and buffalo bore cheap from a guy who tried a few 500 grain whompers than said no thanks and sold the gun.