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Which reloading data for 45-70 HandiRifle?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mek42, Apr 14, 2007.

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  1. mek42

    mek42 Member

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    I am thinking of buying a new HandiRifle in 45-70 this summer for my first big bore rifle (I may even be able to just squeak it in for BAGD). Looking through my reloading manual gives 3 different choices based on the type of action and I am wondering which is the correct choice for the HandiRifle.

    1) Trapdoor Rifles: Springfield "trapdoor", 1886, Rolling Block and Antique replicas.

    2) Lever Actions: 1895 Marlin only

    3) Modern Rifles: Ruger No. 1 and No. 3, Browning 1895 and modern bolt actions.

    I'm assuming that choice 3 is the correct one, but would appreciate guidance.

    Thanks!
     
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    I don't think running Ruger loads thru your Handirifle would be a good idea first off in such a light rifle recoil is going to be brutal to say the least. IIRC the Handirifle is a break open like a single shot shotgun not sure I would trust the lock up with 40,000 psi loads Marlin loads would be okay but that's as far as I would push my luck.
     
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    mek42

    I have an H&R Shikari model in 45/70. The action will open upon firing Marlin loads in it. Best stick to the Trapdoor loads
     
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    If it's recoil you are after with that cartridge...and aren't we all? :)
    just use big bullets,like 405's.They will thump a bit more than the 300's,and boy do they ring a steel plate.:) :)
     
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    I ASKED NEF about this, after I saw some heavy commercial 45-70 loads rated for the Handi-Rifle. They said that the Handi-Rifle is rated to take the same loads as the 1895 Marlin with no problem (other than recoil, perhaps!). ;)
     
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    I would start at the bottom with #2 for the 1895 and work from there.I started there shooting an Encore and recoil was minimal. I have since progressed and recoil can be hell with the heavy loads. I have stated using Trail Boss and I am eager to shoot it. Recoil should be light. Unfortunately last week I seperated my shoulder so shooting and Trout Fishing have been put on hold, talk about cabin fever.:banghead:
     
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