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hi everybody,
     I just ordered a new Winchester 94 45 colt and after reading some of the past posts you've gotten me kind of worried, I was hoping to shoot some of the heavy loads I shoot in my blackhawks(300-345gr at 1200-1350 fps) in this gun and was lead to belive it could handle them. 85-90% of the time I will be shooting milder loads in the gun, just want to be able to use the heavy stuff. Let me know what you all think. Thanks in advance.
                Goose
                                       
 

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Goosepit, No problem!!

The loads you're using are way below the 40,000 p.s.i. limit that this action is designed for.

One thing though.  Make sure that your ammunition is not too long in o.a.l. to function through your gun.

I do know that in a '92, loaded ammunition can not be any longer than 1.590"  to reliably feed through that action. I'm not sure what the specs are for the '94.

Anybody have the specs for the maximum o.a.l. for ammunition in an 1894 Winchester in .45 colt?

Have fun shootin' your '94!
Jack




(Edited by John Kort at 10:22 pm on April 29, 2001)


(Edited by John Kort at 10:25 pm on April 29, 2001)
 

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I have a 94 in 45 Colt, and it is a great little rifle. I regularly run 325 grain GC bullets out of it, over 19 grains of 2400. Not problems at all. Case expansion is within spec, and primers are fine. As the other fellow said, this load is within the working limits of the modern 94 action.
 

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My .45 Colt M94 was purchased in 1985, and has a 16" bbl and color casehardened frame. It will feed 1.665 oal every time, 1.670 oal will feed sometimes, and 1.673 oal will not feed at all. This is with the SSK 340.451 cast bullet, but should be typical.
 
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