45 Colt target load for Henry lever action


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bds
June 19, 2013, 12:09 AM
I have been looking for a Henry rifle for a friend for some time and today found a "Big Boy" chambered for 45 Colt (I also finally found a Ruger 10/22 Takedown for me so it was a very good day).

I checked the 45 Colt pet loads (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=718811) thread but looking for lighter recoiling plinking/target load.

I have the following powders on hand and welcome suggestions.

- Bullseye
- Clays
- Promo
- Titegroup
- N320
- WST
- W231/HP-38
- Unique
- Universal
- PowerPistol
- WSF
- AutoComp

Thanks.

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zxcvbob
June 19, 2013, 12:15 AM
My favorite .45 Colt load is a 230 grain Lee truncated-cone bullet with 7.5 grains of Promo. This is a "+P" load, but just barely. Very cheap to shoot, and accurate from my Ruger Bisley.

rcmodel
June 19, 2013, 12:27 AM
Start out with a 250-255 grain RNFP bullet which was always the standard bullet weight & style in the .45 Colt.

Your sights are most likely to be dead on with that bullet weight.

Then look at any reloading manual and pick a powder you have on hand and load to around 800 FPS or so.

Your sights are most likely to be dead on with that bullet weight and velocity.

It's like a 'standard .45 Colt load' don't cha know.

looking for lighter recoiling plinking/target load.
Alliant has low recoil Cowboy Action load data available on-line.

http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/index.aspx?page=/reloaders/index.aspx&

rc

bds
June 19, 2013, 10:09 AM
Great! Thank you.

RealGun
June 19, 2013, 11:26 AM
This Hornady 225 gr FTX Leverevolution (http://www.hornady.com/store/45-Colt-225-gr-FTX-LEVERevolution) round's performance specs might be what you would want to match. My Henry likes them.

david bachelder
June 19, 2013, 11:29 AM
Titegroup should perform well, and should be the most accurate.

Lyman Book 49th edition:

255 grain cast, #2 alloy (this is a hard bullet)
Start at 5.6 (933fps)
Max at 6.2 (1009 fps)
Large pistol primers

Pick your poison.

I use a lot of Titegroup, the thing is that it doesn't use much room and a double charge may go un-noticed. When using Titegroup, always be aware. Very aware.

GCBurner
June 19, 2013, 11:57 AM
For full power loads with the .45 Colt, I generally use Unique with a 255gr. SWC. For lighter "cowboy" type loads, I use the same bullet with Trailboss. Trailboss is bulky enough that a double charge is unlikely, and even a double charge shouldn't be enough to be dangerous.

bds
June 19, 2013, 12:50 PM
Thank you all!

Don McDowell
June 19, 2013, 04:09 PM
8 grs of 231 with a 200 gr bullet used to keep the grandkids entertained for about as long as it took them to blow thru a couple hundred rounds.

bds
June 19, 2013, 06:11 PM
Great, I got plenty of W231/HP-38.

I picked up some Red Dot and Herco. I figured these would be good for 45 Colt loads too and I kinda like the cans. :D

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=185457&stc=1&d=1371676252

RugerBob
June 19, 2013, 07:05 PM
My fav load for my 45LC rifle is 7grs Unique and 200 grain round nose. I use it for all my 45LCs be it vaqueros or lever gun.

Henry45
June 21, 2013, 01:37 AM
My Henry 1860 Uberti likes 6.5g Trailboss w/200g RNFP. Shoot great, really accurate and is just fun to shoot.

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