Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

This is the general discussion forum on shooting the challenging lever-action rifles, for fun, or BPCR silhouette competition.
borderdogs
PostsCOLON 10
JoinedCOLON Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:54 pm

Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by borderdogs » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:50 pm

I recently acquired a Marlin 1895 45-90 vintage 1896 and wanted to work on a smokeless load for it. There is not much info on 45-90 smokeless loads. The stuff I have seen recommends AA5744 which is near impossible to get. I would like to use a 300 grain bullet express load

So a question I was wondering is could you use 45-70 loads and use them in a 45-90 case? I probably will not start to work on a load for the rifle until the fall but I am just doing research. I have used H4895 in 45-70 with jacketed 300 grain bullets and want to do something similar with this one.

Suggestions?
Thanks,
Rob Drummond

W.M. Brown
PostsCOLON 1
JoinedCOLON Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:59 pm

Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by W.M. Brown » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:36 pm

Rob.
I have tried 5744,3031,H4831,4198 and 2400 in my 86 Winchester.Unique works the best, 15 grs. with a Lyman 457121 bullet.This load came out of a Lyman Ideal Reloading manual #39.Hope this helps.
Wayne Brown

Brent
PostsCOLON 1591
JoinedCOLON Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:12 pm
LocationCOLON the most boring real estate west of Illinois

Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by Brent » Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:22 am

Rob, check your PMs.

Brent
I'm not from here, I just live here.

jorgy
PostsCOLON 3
JoinedCOLON Mon May 07, 2012 2:05 am

Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by jorgy » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:14 pm

I have 2 old Marlin levers in 45-90. What works best for me is 48 gr IMR4895 & a 325 gr cast bullet. Also 29 gr 2400 & a 300 gr cast bullet. The marlins had a 1in 20 twist so they shoot better with heavier bullets but then you get more recoil.

Brent
PostsCOLON 1591
JoinedCOLON Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:12 pm
LocationCOLON the most boring real estate west of Illinois

Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by Brent » Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:16 pm

Jorge, that thread is 3+years old, sadly.
I'm not from here, I just live here.

borderdogs
PostsCOLON 10
JoinedCOLON Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:54 pm

Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by borderdogs » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:12 am

Hi Jorgy & Brent,
It doesn't have to be an inactive thread and I appreciate the info on your loads. I haven't worked with this rifle since the fall of 2015 but I expect to start up again soon. When I did I started with BP and a cast bullets of around 292g and another of 405g and used a card wads and an SPG grease cookie. I used 88g of ffg Goex, card, gc, card, then 292g bullet.This load wasn't bad with a group of around 3" at 50 yards off hand (barrel sights). Better than what I found with the 405g bullet using 90g ffg Goex compressed, card & gc. This 405g bullet sits about 1/2 inch in the case and it didn't need to be crimped. This rifle definitely likes the lighter bullet. At that time I couldn't get some of the smokeless powders I like (5744, Unique, and 2400). I wanted to develop a smokeless load the mirrored BP velocities and pressures with a 300g bullet. Though when winter hit here in NH late fall 2015 my attention was directed to snow shoveling and taking care of the livestock, etc. and I stopped working on a load with the Marlin.

Since then I worked on a few different projects most recently with a 25-20 Marlin 1894 and I am just finishing this one up. After this I am going to start on the Marlin 1895 again. I plan on giving the rifle a good cleaning again and putting a set of MVA Combination tang sight and possibly a MVA Combination front sight as well.

I anyone interested in the 45-90 in lever guns I wouldn't mind hearing about your experience.
Thanks,
Rob

aka "Borderdogs"

BUTTON_POST_REPLY