Like yourself, just became the owner of an 1895 45-70. Had the entire rifle parkerized for bit of weather protection. Working up a load for the 2014 Bear Season in NB Canada. Have a load with Hornady FTX 325Gr. 55Grs.of H322. Haven't shot it yet, but the day is still young. Been wondering about a scope. Leupold fire dot looks good since it's dark (dense woods) where my blind is. If anyone is into this set up please contact me. I'm new to lever guns, old bolt actions die hard....but I'm willing to learn.