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Old March 15, 2019, 07:50 AM   #1
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Henry Single Shot 45-70 Strength

Does anyone know what strength loads the Henry Single Shot 45-70 Blued steel model will handle?

In other words, how does it compare, strength-wise, to a Marlin or Ruger No1?
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Old March 15, 2019, 10:59 AM   #2
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Consider it a Marlin.
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Old March 15, 2019, 11:38 AM   #3
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I have the Big Bore 1895SBL from Marlin. The only reason I didn't go with a Henry is because I didn't like the way it's loaded. I have always had side loaders so that is what I prefer. The Henry is a good rifle and will handle the same loads as the Marlin. Find yourself a comfortable cartridge to shoot and enjoy it.
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Old March 15, 2019, 01:40 PM   #4
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Its definitely no Ruger1. I have been told by people I trust you can load 45-70#1 using 458 win mag data. (I am not brave/stupid enough to try it) The #1 is crazy strong.
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Old March 15, 2019, 04:41 PM   #5
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Its definitely no Ruger1.
Yep.

And... Let me rephrase my previous response:

Consider it a Handi-Rifle.

Theoretically stronger than a Marlin lever gun, but still not something to be pushing very hard. Case in point: The .500 S&W Handi Rifles have a well-deserved reputation for battering themselves and getting loose, due to the recoil and pressure of the cartridge - even with standard loads (not even crazy-redneck-with-a-reloading-press loads).

It's not a Trap-Door. But it's no Ruger #1, either...
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Old March 15, 2019, 07:08 PM   #6
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I load for a Sharps and an 1895 marlin, I do not believe it can handle the same loads as a Ruger#1. If I were you I would load it at the same capacity for the marlins1895, better yet just call Henry.
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Old March 16, 2019, 08:17 AM   #7
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I,m not a brake open single shot fan, but the 45-70 does not have to be loaded hot to kill any animal in the USA. put that big bullet where it needs to go and the animal will die.
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Old March 18, 2019, 03:59 PM   #8
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"Its definitely no Ruger1. I have been told by people I trust you can load 45-70#1 using 458 win mag data. (I am not brave/stupid enough to try it) The #1 is crazy strong."

Well the Ruger #1 in 45-70 can handle the same pressure lever as the #1 in .458 Win. Mag. but no way can you put a .458 Win. Mag powder charge in a 45-70 case and still have room to seat a bullet. If you want 458 Mag, power buy a 458 Win. Mag. and be done with it.

The late gun writer Ken Waters opined that one could use Ruger #1 45-70 load levels in the 1895 Marlin. They'll work bit they hurt on both ends and you'll have the lever slamming open on every shot. I respect Mr. Waters and his knowledge of handloading but based on personal experience, he's dead wrong. Oh? And when that lever snaps open it gives your knuckled one hell of a healthy rap.

I can't speak on the strength of the Henry. Hell, I've never even seen one. I can speak on the Ruger #1 and 1895 Marlin though as I had both at one time. Sold the Marlin and the #1 is part of a small collection of #1s that range from .22 Hornet to .416 Rigby.
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