View Full Version : Best rifle for a 445 chambering?

October 30, 2006, 01:22 PM
I love the 44mag. It's a great cartridge.

I would like to get a 44mag rifle, but I want a big bore rifle with a bit more ZING to it... more along the lines of 454casull or 45-70.

I've heard of the 445 supermag pistol that Dan Wesson puts out, and this sounds like the right cartridge for what I want... a 300gr bullet around 1800-2200 fps out of a rifle is what I am looking for, and if I can get away from buying new dies that would make me quite happy. Also, if I can use my plinking 240gr LSWC bullets in both my handgun loads and my rifle loads, that would make me even happier.

Can a rifle barrel's chamber be reamed out to accomodate the 445 supermag if it was originally chambered for 44mag? What rifle would be the "best" candidate for such an operation? I favor lever guns and I am left handed, and I would suspect that a marlin or winchester would be best. I'd prefer to have a magazine of some sort, so I'd prefer to stay away from the H&R single shot rifles.

Would a lever gun have feed issues with the extra cartridge length? Are there any bolt action 44mag rifles out there (lefty or righty)? Anyone here successfully done this?

October 30, 2006, 06:00 PM
I have been talking to a number of lever gun specialists as I want to accomplish the same set-up. The weapon in question is a Winchester Trapper Large loop model currently chambered for .44 magnum. I have one respondent who states

"I recomend a barrel change to get the required twist as I believe that the Trapper has a 1 and 38 twist where as you need a 1 and 20 twist to stabilize the heavier bullets that will make the 445 shine, barrel and action conversion with reblue would be $475. I don't recomend a rechamber to original barrel as accuracy would be dismal, to bad the factorys use that slow twist and no reason to do it because this could be a reasonable conversion. Have a great day Regan"

If you are seriously interested, his name is Regan Nonneman and his contact info is [email protected]

Hope this helps.

October 30, 2006, 09:13 PM
Thank you!