Henry Big Boy 45 loads


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jharper
January 6, 2009, 02:40 PM
I'm looking at buying a Henry big boy in 45 LC. I don't find much info for rifle loads in the 45. Would the Henry rifle be considered stronger than any pistol? Would it be safe to shoot +P loads in this rifle?

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rcmodel
January 6, 2009, 03:31 PM
No, certainly not stronger then any pistol.

No conventional lever-action is as strong as the strongest Magnum revolver designs, or single-shots, due to the way the bolt locks shut, and the amount of case exposed at the extractor.

I don't have any information on the Henry Big-Boy as to whether it will handle +P loads or not.

However, since they also chamber it in .44 Magnum, (36,000 CUP) I think we can assume it would be safe with +P .45 Colt. (25,000 CUP)

However, the best thing to do would be to call Henry and ask them.

rcmodel

HOME DEPOT GEORGE
January 6, 2009, 06:34 PM
I posted a while back asking about the 1860 model using 45+p and was told that it wasn't recommended in brass frames but this is the internet and the only ones I would actually trust would be the company.

rcmodel
January 6, 2009, 06:56 PM
They certainly would not be suitable in brass receivers or frames.

However, I don't believe the Henry is a brass receiver, so much as a brass plated or covered receiver.

With that said, I know exactly nothing about the Henry Big Boy, except it handles the .44 Magnum at a third more pressure then +P .45 Colt.

And again, I suggest you call them and ask them.

rcmodel

archer2500
April 5, 2010, 12:31 PM
I have a Henry Big Boy in .45LC and it IS indeed a forged Brass receiver and I was wondering the same thing this thread is the subject of. I just called Henry Arms and they said without a doubt that the Henry can handle 'hot' loads, and the .45LC+P is no problem for their Brass receivers.

jmortimer
April 5, 2010, 10:04 PM
It is not "brass" it is a "brass alloy" - very strong. You should be able to use the "Ruger Only Loads"

TexasPatriot.308
April 5, 2010, 11:05 PM
I agree with Archer, I called and actually talked to the someone on the phone and they said it would handle "hot loads"

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