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pre 1898 winchester1885 45-70 questions

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by iluv308, Oct 13, 2003.

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  1. iluv308

    iluv308 Member

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    Can the old girl handle 'marlin level' handloads????she is in fine shape....
     
  2. mete

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    Though the 1885 is a strong action ( I have the new version by Browning) it is after all over 100 years old and should be handled gently for that reason. I wouldn't exceed factory loads or equivalent. Now the new one is a different story though even there I wouldn't exceed Garrett loads. If you want a 458Mag get one. If you've never hunted with a 45-70 you might be suprised at how effective those "weak" factory loads are .
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    The High Wall will hold it, lockup-wise. The problem would be with piercing primers in high pressure loads with a black powder firing pin. Firing pin retention is probably the '85s only weak point. (Except for Mr Browning's typical complicated disassembly and worse reassembly.) The better conversions to varmint rifles used the Mann-Neidner gas-proof firing pin.
    I'd stop with the loads recommended for original '86 Winchesters, which are short of those for Marlins and new make '86s.
     
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