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Posted: February 13 2006 at 6:36pm | IP Logged Quote Rabbitrack

Anyone got any ideas on where I can lay my hands on reload data for a 45/90. I picked up an 1895 Winchester Limited edition takedown the other day and I'd like to see what its capabilities are.

NO, I'm not planning on shooting it. It's one of 500 made for Davidson's Gallery of Guns and NIB.

Besides, I've got my Marlin 1895 Cowboy in 45/70 for the field.

Mark E. Robinson

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Posted: February 13 2006 at 7:43pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Rabbitrack,
As you probably know, the .45-90 was originally a black-powder load that featured a 300g bullet over apprx. 90g of BP.

It was later commercially loaded with a 300g soft point over enough smokeless powder to give a velocity of just over 1,500 fps.
It was known as an "express cartridge", which meant that it featured a faster, lighter bullet for flatter trajectory.

If you would like to buy a box of cartridges to have around, Cabelas lists "Goex Blackpowder" cartridges loaded with a 405g bullet over BP.
However, at $49.99 for 20, they are a bit pricey.


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Posted: February 13 2006 at 8:06pm | IP Logged Quote Rabbitrack

I'm familiar with the BP load. I know that a lot of loads have been worked up in 45/70 for use in the new rifles from Marlin and Winchester.

I was just wondering if there was anything around like that for the 45/90. Like I said, I'm really only interested in it for the education about a round that I'm not terribly familiar with except for the BP load and the 300 gr. bullet. I don't intend to shoot this limited edition. It's for resale.

Thanks for the info.

Mark

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Posted: February 13 2006 at 9:06pm | IP Logged Quote Slick

My Lyman 48th edition manual has loads for 385gr, 400gr, 500gr, and 535gr bullets - all #2 alloy.

The loads each feature 4 - 6 powders, with XMP-5744 being the "favorite" for three of them (SR-4759 for one).

I have a .45-70 and DO NOT have any experience loading .45-90, but I recommend the brass from Starline. I just wanted to point out that what I'm giving you is from a book and NOT personal experience.

Good luck, sounds like you have a nice rifle. Mines an 1886 Miroku take-down Ltd Edition. Great quality firearms!

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Posted: February 13 2006 at 9:35pm | IP Logged Quote Rabbitrack

I just looked and mine and yours are evidently the same rifle.

I have used Triple Seven and other sulphurless black powder substitutes and if they don't bring back the fun to BP shooting, nothing will.

Not having to deal with sulphuric acid makes things right with the world... and simpler.

I load for my Great grandfather's Remington 1889 SxS and it hunts as good as it ever has. At least as far as I can tell.

Thanks,

Mark

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Posted: February 13 2006 at 9:45pm | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

Check out Accurate's reloading data on the web, they list loads for the 45-90 with 300,405, and 500 gr bullets using 5744.

Edited by Ranch 13 on February 13 2006 at 9:48pm


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Posted: February 13 2006 at 10:24pm | IP Logged Quote Quickdtoo

Hodgdon has Pyro data..

http://www.hodgdon.com/data/cowboy/pyrodex-p-r.php

Here's Accurate's...

http://accuratepowder.com/data/PerCaliber2Guide/Rifle/Obsole teCartridges/45%2090%20Winchester%20page%20363.pdf

And here's some I aquired somewhere...



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Posted: February 13 2006 at 10:34pm | IP Logged Quote Rabbitrack

I like the chart! That's very interesting for a 300 gr.

Thanks!

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Posted: February 14 2006 at 2:41am | IP Logged Quote westexcruzer

RCBS cast bullet manual has 45/90 data if my memory serves me correctly. Jake

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