I just called Browning and sat through about 8 layers of recorded phone system selections. I called to find out whether the 1885 Traditional Hunter in 45Colt would be OK with Ruger/TC load pressures. (Just checking on what some of you folks said.)
Here was their answer when I finally got to a person. "The rifle is designed for factory ammo." and "The pressure data is proprietary. Can't help you beyond that." Well "factory ammo" does not mean much anymore with all of the custom factory ammo out there. Why won't they choose a conservative pressure level and quote that?
I guess I just expect too much from the company wearing John Browning's name (and Winchester too by the way). Are they too consumed by legal speak or just out of touch with the shootin scene - or both?
I work in the aerospace & defense scene and any company that won't relase a simple spec. or capability like that does not get the contract. So, that leaves me wondering if I am limited to cowboy loads or I can safely shoot Ruger - T/C loads listed in my half a dozen manuals. I know what everyone says about staring low and working up. Yeah I do that. But if I know I can't get to where I want to be - no sense starting.
This is not encouraging me to pick up that little 1885 45 colt - even if it is a sweet little rifle. I need to know whether I can push my 300 g lead beauties out this puppy ala Paco. (See sixguns.com )