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Favorite loads for your 86

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cpt dan blodgett:
I hear ya may well stick to 300 grainer JHP or 350 LRN I do have almost a box for speer 400 fps that might work at a reasonable velocity dont want my brain rattled loose
I do know with 65 grains Olde Eyseford 2f under a 500 grain bullet my original 1888 trapdoor is no fun

cpt dan blodgett:
Hit the range with 300 JHPs and 350 JRNs over varget starting max trapdoor safe load for each bullets then down in .5 grain increments shot in min charge to max charge order just to be clear.  Grouped best at 1 grain below max in each case.  Lot easier on shoulder at 1 grain below than the .5 below and max load.  Since going to range picked up some RL 7 may try different powders and actually try some cast bullets have some Desparado bullets 415 grainers that worked ok out of a H&R officers model trapdoor

Well I got to going through my notes and--DEAR ME--I found that you wanted some more info on that load that I use in my 45-90 and here it is:  As I said-I use IMR 3031 and with 58.0 grains with a Hornady 300 grain jacketed soft point bullet.  The  muzzle velocity=-through my PACT chronograph is 1859 and the energy is 2303 foot pounds  The recoil is not too bad-especially when you are going after meat!  Now, I believe that this data answers your questions that you had.


My preferred load for my Browning 1886 rifle is the old Elmer Keith load of 53.5 gr IMR 4895, large rifle primer, and a Lyman 330 gr HP Gould bullet.  I cast mine soft and paper patch them.  Load chronographs a just under 1700 fps.  Very pleasant to shoot and very accurate.  Especially with a shotgun butteplate stocked rifle.  With a paper patched bullet there is no leading.

If you're looking to shoot at CAS targets, as I do with mine, 13 grains of Trail Boss under a 405 grain bullet (.45-70) is a lot of fun.  Takes targets down with some authority!


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