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Winchester 1886 Safe Loads
September 13, 2019
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I'm reloading a 300 gr bullet 45-70 for an 1886 made in 1910. Can anyone help me avoid disaster with a safe load? At what years would you say they are strong actions or cowboy actions?

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September 13, 2019
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Do you have a loading manual? Most address this subject much more thoroughly than we can in this format.

 

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Lester said
I'm reloading a 300 gr bullet 45-70 for an 1886 made in 1910. Can anyone help me avoid disaster with a safe load? At what years would you say they are strong actions or cowboy actions?

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Good inquiry. I would like to know myself.

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September 13, 2019
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TXGunNut said
Do you have a loading manual? Most address this subject much more thoroughly than we can in this format.

 

Mike  

Buy Mike Venturino's book.  Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West.  The 1886 has a strong action but heavy loads over time can cause problems.  Have a gunsmith check the gun out first.  Head spacing is important.

September 16, 2019
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 Loads listed for the old 45-70 trap door Springfield rifle, should be okay in the Model 1886, in a good condition rifle.The Model 1886 action is much stronger than the old single shot Springfield rifle.

September 18, 2019
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 Loads listed for the old 45-70 trap door Springfield rifle, should be okay in the Model 1886, in a good condition rifle.The Model 1886 action is much stronger than the old single shot Springfield rifle.  

Thank you very much. That helps. I appreciate that information.

September 18, 2019
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 You are most welcome.I use the 45-70 Springfield loads for my .45-70 Model 1886,even though it has a nickel steel barrel and no doubt would handle heavier loads,I keep it low for use in the old rifle,so as not to put undue strain on the old rifle.Smile

October 24, 2019
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Lester--I use lead in all 1886 loads. For the 45-70 we use IMR 4198  44 grains. I have an RCBS press for 38-56 and 40-65, all other calibers I use the 1894 tool. Its really fun doing it the old way--Bill

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