Henry Big boy 45 Colt

Henry Big boy 45 Colt

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    Henry Big boy 45 Colt

    Im looking for a lever action 45 Colt to go with my Ruger Blackhawk. Will the Henry handle 45C loaded up very hot? Also the Rossi 92? Would like to have a Winchester, but the price is out of range.
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    Please describe "loaded up very hot." I have a Marlin 1894C in 45LC and I load mine pretty medium.
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    I am just running factory 200 grn for practice right now, but man are you gonna love the Henry.
    I recently found cowboy action shooting and am getting set up, the Henry, matching Ruger New Vaqueros, making some metal targets out of old water heaters. (They make some nice bells to ring)
    Just need a dbl barrel shottie and I will be all set to go in the spring.
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    Re: Henry Big boy 45 Colt

    This will be my next rifle purchase. There's something about a lever action that makes me feel like a kid again.:p

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    My future son-in-law used to competitively shoot in cowboy action events, he has a Henry 45 and loves it.
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    It looks like it is the same frame as used on the 44 Big Boy, so it should handle hotter 45 loads.
    I love the action, but they are a heavy rifle for the caliber.
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    I own a Henry Big Boy in .45LC. I see no reason why it wouldn't handle any .45LC load you might feel comfortable shooting.

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    Those are on my ever growing list. Lets see some pics while we are at it!
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    I worked up a load for bear hunting a few years ago that was pretty "stiff", 300grn Hornady XTP @ 1220fps from a 4 5/8" Blackhawk and 1440fps from my Rossi "Puma" 16" carbine. Both guns handle it well with no visible signs of high pressure.
    As I was working this load up; the first place I noticed signs of pressure were slight bulges of the brass into the extractor groove on the Rossi. That load was chronograph-ed at 1520fps from the Puma and 1280fps from the Blackhawk (with no signs of high pressure). That is why I dropped it back just a tad to be safe in both firearms.

    I was surprised when the first signs of high pressure showed up in my Rossi. For whatever reason, I was expecting to see signs of high pressure in the Blackhawk first and almost missed the first signs because of my preconceived ideas. If you are planning on sharing ammo between revolver and rifle, I would be sure to work any load up slowly and to test them in both to be safe.

    I don't have any personal experience with the Henry, but as stated before, the 45lc appears to be built on the same frame as their 44mag. I would expect it to be strong enough to handle fairly heavy loads.
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    As to hot loads, i have found that pushing the limits of velocity isn't at all necessary with big bore calibers. For an example, I have a rare Marlin 44 with a 16 inch barrel and a 4 inch 629 that I share loads with.

    The load is a 240 weight XTP over 21.5 grains of H-110. I get a chrono measurement of 1190 from the 4 inch tube and 1490 from the 16 inch barrel. The 4 inch barrel has accounted itself well for medium game at less than 50 yards. Can't really tell a difference between the two on deer.

    I could get good results at even 900-1000 fps using the 240 weight bullets.
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