I bought my first centerfire rifle, a Marlin 1895G at Rays Sporting Goods in Dallas. Ray saw me looking at the surplus rifles and asked me what I was looking for. It was some years later before I realized that he was the owner of the store. I told him that I was looking for a Siamese Mauser in 45-70... He asked me to wait a few minutes, and disappeared in the back of the store. When he returned, he was carrying an 1895G with no box, and a reasonable price was soon agreed upon.
The 1895G is of course chambered in 45-70... This one had a fairly short barrel, a straight grip and a hard plastic butt-plate. I soon discovered that with 400 grain Remington factory loads, it was not a fun gun at the shooting range, but in the field where I shot standing up, the recoil was not so bad at all.
Still, I developed a flinch with the 1895G, and worked my way through it. This was a good thing for me, as I never developed another flinch thereafter, even with the magnum rifles that I grew to favor.
My next 45-70 was purchased perhaps thirty years later, a Marlin 1895CB, or "Cowboy" model with a 26 inch tapered octagon barrel and full-length magazine tube. This rifle had a trigger that was so good, it was hard to credit that it came on a lever-action rifle. - And it was accurate, particularly with the then-new Hornady Lever Evolution ammunition.
This 1895CB was the most shootable, most accurate rifle that I have ever found for off-hand shooting. Standing up on my hind legs, I could reliably hit a soda can at 100 yards with it. I can assure all that I have never shot anywhere near that well off-hand with any other firearm. Most of the time I am doing good to hit an 8" gong at 100 yards. With this Cowboy model though, it seemed like I couldn't miss.
I will note here that I installed a Williams Guide receiver sight on this rifle, utilizing the two rear scope mount holes just forward of the hammer on the action's flat top. Most of the time I used that sight without a peep aperture screwed into it. The brass bead front sight almost a yard away worked very well with the Williams receiver sight.
Currently I do not own a 45-70. If I do buy another one, I am now leaning toward the Cimarron Winchester 1885 High-Wall reproduction, offered with the double-set trigger. - A nice range gun perhaps a bit too heavy to lug around the mountains here.
Maybe if I shorten the barrel to 18 or 20 inches...