Home Forums Hunting Firearms henry big boy in 45 lc or 44 mag ?

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  • .sooperfresh
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    Iam looking to get a henry big boy in when are going back in production but i dont know which caliber to get. Iam leaning towards 45 cause ive always been a fan of it and also wanted to get me a uberti outlaw in that caliber aswell but some tell that the 45 aint a good rifle as compared to the 44 ? Any thoughts would help

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    It depends on if you reload. There are way more ammo options available for store bought for 44 mag.  If you reload you can build just about whatever performance level  you want for the 45 colt.  If  you get a rifle in 454 or 460 they will outperform the 44 mag and you would still be able to use 45 colt.

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    Are you planning to hunt with it?  45 colt can be loaded to a powderpuff or to 44 mag loads.

    Brad Phillips
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    .44 mag is easier to buy off the shelf if you need ammo. Either one will work well if you reload. Of course this only makes sense in the pre-covid BS. If was to buy something now, it would have to be something I have ammo for or components for.

    Yes, the .45 has a larger diameter bullet, but the .44 Mag is loaded to higher pressures. Some guns will allow higher pressures with the .45, but that is generally a handload only thing.

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    I have one of the few late model Marlins that was correctly made  in 44 Magnum and I love it!   I also can download / reload to make powderpuff loads or purchase off the shelf ammo.   Its very accurate and I even put on a lower power scope. Yes when you get over 70 or so you need a scope.  Perhaps a red dot would have worked just as well?

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    I think I would have to go the 44 Mag route due to availability and punch.  I’m also interested in the Big Boy  and think if I had any sense would get the .44 but want to get the .38 Spl/.357.  Reason being I have a couple .357 revolvers and a considertable amount of 38 Spl /357 ammo on hand

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    I already reload for 44 mag so it’s a an easy choice. What your going to use it for and availability of ammo would be what I would base my decision on.

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    <!–more–>I already reload for 44 mag so it’s a an easy choice. What your going to use it for and availability of ammo would be what I would base my decision on.

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    A good friend has a Henry in .45 Colt and loves it. Check out Buffalo Bore’s Deer Grenade if you want to deer hunt with it. Extremely impressive ballistics. Neither he nor I liked the stock sights and he upgraded them. A common issue on many brands of lever guns. I didn’t like the ones on my Marlin in .44 mag either.

    Right now(9/30/21) both .45 Colt and .44 mag are scarce but have about the same availability. What I can’t find is any full power .357 mag loads for a price I can stomach.

    Personally, I’d avoid .357 for deer hunting. While capable, I feel it is pushing the low end. I’ve heard too many anecdotal stories from friends about it under performing, but YMMV.

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