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1885 High Wall pressures

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I recently met a fellow who has an original 1920s manufacturer Winchester High Wall in 45/90 and he is shooting some questionable (to me anyway) loads in this thing. Using 500 grn jacketed bullets and H4198, not sure about the charge, that thing not only kicks painfully but hard extractions are common however he is writing this off to an extractor problem. I just met the guy and could say little except that it looked to me as if the loads were a bit hot and that it might be a little too hot for an old gun. He assures me the rifle can handle anything a new High Wall can but IMO there is soon going to be an accident.This however does raise a very interesting question to me and that is just how much pressure can an original High Wall handle? The reason I ask, and the reason I became acquainted with the guy I mentioned, is because of a 45/90 High Wall replica I hope to have soon. I certainly don't intend to "hot rod" my rifle and BP load pressures will be just fine with me however I do want to use smokeless if I can keep the loadings within a safe and sane range.
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There is never any reason to abuse an action like that.

Exactly the way I see it and I never could understand why so many people think they have to jack-up the performance in everything they shoot! Many personal injuries have resulted from this as well as the destruction of many fine old guns, a lot of them very desirable collector guns. I think that is what made me post this in the first place, just seeing that well kept (until now) original High Wall mistreated like that just didn't sit right with me. The Italian replica I have coming soon and (hopefully anyway) a custom built High Wall will never see anything except what they are meant for. I have nothing against shooting high power loads IF the gun is designed for it and apparently the new High Wall models, Browning and Winchester, will safely digest about any sane load a person can put in them but an old original?

Red Pepper, I didn't find out what the powder charge was he is using but unless I am seriously mistaken I saw what appeared to me to be some very obvious warning signs, most notably the sticking cases and horrendous recoil.
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