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Thread: 45-70 mold for Browning 1886 26" rifle

  1. #1
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    45-70 mold for Browning 1886 26" rifle

    Have laid my hands on a Browning 1886 with 26" barrel in .45-70.
    What mold would be the one? Just for plincking, not hunting and braking my collar bone!
    So, easy loads, is there a need for gas checks?
    Was looking at a BAC mold; or less weight?

    Whats your opinion, experience??



    PS: Working on my 1886 40-82, have to get here going

  2. #2
    Nice rifle you have there.
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  3. #3
    Boolit Buddy

    Join Date
    Apr 2010

    If so, my Browning 1886 45-70 (un altered leads) will chamber the RCBS 45-300-FN, 45-405-FN and the 45-325-FN-U molds just fine.
    Also the Saeco #017 (350 gr FNGC) chambers fine.

    All these molds except the RCBS 45-325-FN-U boolit are gas checked.

    I didn't have any leading with the non checked boolit, I just prefer to use gas checks in my rifles.

    I have these molds (and love them both) but they will not chamber in my Browning unless I get the leade lengthened; the diameter of the ogive forward of the crimp groove is of a size, that these boolits are jammed into the rifling upon chambering. (Great in a Marlin 1895 though)

    Accurate #460350B, NOE 460-350RF

    Good luck & have fun.
    Last edited by PbHurler; 07-07-2018 at 08:43 AM.

  4. #4
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Castlegar, B.C., Canada
    Its been a long time since I had a .45-70 and I keep wondering why!

    My first one was a custom converted Siamese Mauser and I started with the Lyman 457125 500 gr. round nose because that was "the" boolit for .45-70. it worked well in that rifle and I shot a lot of them.

    Then I got a Marlin 1895 (in the 1970's) and loved that gun. I don't actually recall if I ever tried the 457125 in it but I did buy a Lee 405 gr. flatpoint mould and the Lyman 457124 (385 gr. RN). I wound up using that 385 gr. RN exclusively. It seemed to shoot noticeably flatter and better than the 405 gr. FP with both BP and smokeless and had noticeably less recoil. I was young and loaded hot in those days.

    I always liked the .45-70 and really don't know why I didn't replace my old one (a victim of my need for money to go to school). It is an extremely versatile cartridge. If I was to get another .45-70 lever gun (which I am planning) I'd get a collar button mould for fun shooting/cheap plinking, a mould around 300/325 grs. for general shooting and one of 400 grs. +/- for hunting or longer range shooting. I really don't hunt much though so mostly plinking and paper punching for me. I'd also load lighter than I used to! BP level loads are easy to shoot and easy on the shoulder.



  5. #5
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Lynn Ma
    When I had an 1886 the biggest bullet that would fit/feed was a Saeco 450 gr. Could get 9 of them in the magazine

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check