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.45 colt
« on: November 06, 2008, 05:47:23 pm »
Anybody have any favorite .45 colt loads? I'm talking about accurate powerful loads not those weak downloaded "cowboy" loads or most of the rest of the downplayed commercial loads. I'm also interested to hear from anyone who has experimented with loading higher than standard pressures such as with Ruger Blackhawk and original Vaquero's. Disclaiming of course that these latter loads would not be safe in most guns of this caliber.

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    Re: .45 colt
    « Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 11:10:53 pm »
    My 45 Colt old model Vaquero can handle higher pressures but after playing around with hotter loads I've settled in at top of (or just above std pressure loads) for most of my 45 Colt shooting.  The extra muzzle flip of hotter loads just isn't worth it to me.

    My 2 favorite loads for (ahem) social work?

    1) Cast 255gr SWC
    2) 240 JHP

    CCI LP primers, Starline brass, both over 8.5gr Unique. Unique: is there any other powder for 45 Colt?  ;)

    Of course the hardcast 310gr SWC hogslayers waiting at my bench to be loaded are a whole 'nother story.  Those are going to be loaded to painful, crushing, unpublishable (but carefully & methodically approached) levels .

    Also I still have a mess loaded up (~300) with 255gr RNFP 'cause I got a great deal on 500 old stock bullets locally.


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    Re: .45 colt
    « Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008, 02:52:16 am »
    Only in my Ruger and Thompson Contender I load one grain less than
    max loads for the 44 Mag. with 2400.   I use a 250 and 220 jacketed.
    These loads need to be worked up to in only the above firearms, and
    are stout.  Do not hang your targets on wooden fence posts as they
    will not survive a cyclinder of these loads before falling :-X


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    Re: .45 colt
    « Reply #3 on: November 09, 2008, 10:15:55 am »
    I've got a 45 colt redhawk.  Still working up loads myself, haven't settled on anything just yet.  But I can tell you this-

    Vit N110 behind a hornady 300 XTP is showing a lot of promise accuracy-wise, as is 2400 behind a cast-performance 325 grain LFNPB. I started working with heavy loads in this caliber a couple years ago.  Life has intruded since.  Time I get back after it.
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