New 1886 Winchesters in .45/90

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New 1886 Winchesters in .45/90

Post by mrhunterken » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:34 pm

The new Winchester 1886's in .45/90 have a sticker prominently displayed on the barrel " Use Black Powder Only". Should these rifles at least in theory be strong enough to handle loads in the 1886 smokeless powder level. Or are these stickers placed on these barrels on the advice of the Winchester lawyers. :?:
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Re: New 1886 Winchesters in .45/90

Post by Premod70 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:04 pm

The new 86's will take any of the loads listed for the 90 by powder makers. The design prohibits going past their recommended loads. That said, the max published loads will pound your shoulder into mush post haste.

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Re: New 1886 Winchesters in .45/90

Post by Plainbase » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:37 pm

The 45-90 (like the 40-65) has no SAAMI specs so all the makers can legally say is that it is a black powder cartridge. The rifle should be safe at any pressure level given for an 1886 in 45-70. You shoulder may say otherwise.