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Henry Big Boy 45 loads

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jharper, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. jharper

    jharper New Member

    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?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.


    HOME DEPOT GEORGE Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.

  5. archer2500

    archer2500 New Member

    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.
  6. jmortimer

    jmortimer Well-Known Member

    It is not "brass" it is a "brass alloy" - very strong. You should be able to use the "Ruger Only Loads"
  7. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    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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