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45 Colt target load for Henry lever action

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bds, Jun 18, 2013.

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  1. bds
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    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 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.
     
  2. zxcvbob

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    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.
     
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    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.

    Alliant has low recoil Cowboy Action load data available on-line.

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

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  4. bds
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    Great! Thank you.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Thank you all!
     
  9. Don McDowell

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    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.
     
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    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

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    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.
     
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    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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