I dont hunt, plain and simple (although when I relocate, I would like to). I know the .45-70 is basically used for only hunting purposes now-a-days, especially short distance hunting, due to wonderful ballistics, haha. I'm all into lever guns now that I bought a little bitty Henry .22, and want to expand the lever collection. I figure in the future, .45-70 would be a useful caliber to own, due to its ability to repetitively easily take down pretty much anything on this continent, and then some. Not to mention, I'm sure it'd stop a 2 legged predator from a good distance. Also, it seems like .45-70 is a very easy and popular caliber to reload as well, which would be good. I'd like to expand my collection to have useful rifles for a not-so-happy future, shotgun (defense), a defense rifle (some semi auto), .22 for small game, pistols for carry, and then something in a larger caliber for hunting. I've been in love with the marlin Guide gun for some time now. I don't know if there's any reason for me to own this caliber, maybe i jsut want another lever gun that'll go "BOOM" and be fun (albeit expensive) to shoot around with.