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Need a 45 Long Colt rifle load

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Need a 45 Long Colt rifle load

#1 Post by Hippycrowe » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:00 pm

I am trading a 2 pistols for a Henry lever action rifle in 45 Colt and need a load for hunting deer. I think I will use the 250 grain Hornady Flex tip bullets. Most of my shots here in Ohio are less than 70 yards some just 10 yards and my 45-70 is too much. Thanks for any info :dance:

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Re: Need a 45 Long Colt rifle load

#2 Post by shoot4fun » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:22 pm

20gr of H4227 does well for me with the 250 gr bullet, out of a modern 92 action. I don't know if it is safe in a Henry action. It is a starting load listed for Ruger & T/C pistols (max 24.6gr, FYI).
I've got lots of 4227, so I use it. H4227 isn't available anymore, but new IMR 4227 is.

If I had H110, I'd work some with it. From their webpage For Ruger, Freedom Arms & T/C pistols - 250gr XTP bullet. 25.7 gr 1398fps 27,000 CUP starting load. Max load 26.5 gr 1455fps 29,800 CUP.

Now it is up to you to determine if it is safe to shoot these out of a Henry action/receiver, or do you stick with the lighter Colt/SA loads. I don't own a Henry, so I've never looked into it.

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#3 Post by Smokey » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:29 pm

You could also consider Winchester 296. Basically you want a powder on the slower side for a pistol cartridge.
The Hodgdon website has a good reloading section.
You want to keep maximum pressure down, but have more barrel (than a pistol) to burn a slower propellant.
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#4 Post by les1234 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:57 pm

Your load may depend on the type of Henry rifle you have. Are you talking about the modern "Henry" that looks like a brass framed Marlin, or the reproduction of the 1860 Henry? For the reproduction "toggle link" rifle, you should stay away from any "Model 92 only" loads, it's not built for that, the action is basically the same as an 1873 Winchester. For the "Modern" Henry, I have no idea what they can be safely loaded to.

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#5 Post by Hippycrowe » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:51 pm

I have a brand new Henry Golden boy same frame as the 44 mag so they can take +P loades Thanks for the info

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#6 Post by Ozzman » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:45 pm

Looking at my notes:
16.4 grains of 2400

This was the most consistent out of my Marlin 1894 out at 50 yds.
My hen scratch in my book shows I went up to 17.0, but show that the groups were not as tight.

A good starting point with the lever actions is 16 grains of 2400. Then work your way up (2 tenths at a time) for the charge that fits your rifle.
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Re: Need a 45 Long Colt rifle load

#7 Post by Hippycrowe » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:08 am

I read some guys trim down 454 brass to Long Colt so the brass holds up better not sure if its true or not. I know 454 is thicker than colt

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