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Old 04-02-2018, 10:20 AM
Sammy1943 Sammy1943 is offline
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Default 45 Long Colt in pistol compared to rifle

I reload 45 long colt using pistol load data which gives a velocity of 800 to 900 fps. Using the same load, what might I expect in a Henry lever action rifle with a fairly long barrel.
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:26 AM
ceresco ceresco is online now
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Most loading manuals have data for .45LC in lever guns. Obviously there are wide load variations but in general, expect about 200 fps more. Good Shooting. ..
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:05 AM
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Use SLOW powders, or your velocity window will be way larger than you want!!
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by jimthompson502002 View Post
Use SLOW powders, or your velocity window will be way larger than you want!!
Let me see if I can decode this for the OP.

It is certainly safe to use ammunition loaded to classic revolver recipes in your rifle. A load of Unique behind a 250-grain bullet that gives 850 fps from a revolver may produce 1000 fps in a rifle.

A load specifically intended for a rifle may give better rifle performance than a pistol load. Then again, it may not. Too many variables to estimate only based on the OP's question.

Generally, slower pistol powders may give better rifle performance. However, really slow pistol powders like 296 and 4227 are not recommended either for rifle or classic revolver loads. A load that maxes in a rifle may not be safe in a Colt revolver or clone.

Loading manuals contain separate loading sections for the .45 Colt cartridge for old (or old-style) revolvers, newer handguns (Contender, Ruger), and rifle. The wise reloader will use data from the proper section of the book.
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:42 AM
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Excellent advise
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