Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

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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

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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.
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Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

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

Rob, check your PMs.

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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.

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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.
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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

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Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by Hiwall55 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:27 am

I know how hard it is to get 5744 and the price is too high, we have been using Buffalo rifle powder,1/2 the cost and use 5744 data in 45 caliber rifles. It shoots just as good.

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Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by Brent » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:46 pm

How much 5477 do you want? I'd be happy to help you out.
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Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by borderdogs » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:47 am

Hi Guys,
5477 is available around here although it is usually in the 8lbs containers. I have around 5-6 1lbs containers which is enough for now for me but it is one of those powders I buy when I see it in 1lbs containers.
Rob

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Re: Original Marlin 1895 45-90 loads

Post by GrumpyBear1 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:06 am

Hiwall55 wroteCOLON
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:27 am
I know how hard it is to get 5744 and the price is too high, we have been using Buffalo rifle powder,1/2 the cost and use 5744 data in 45 caliber rifles. It shoots just as good.
First I've heard of this powder sounds interesting and much better pricing. Have to see if I can find it locally. Hate paying shipping & hazmat.

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