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This is a discussion on .45 Colt loads within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I'm looking for input on ya'lls favorite .45 colt loads. I'm shooting a Ruger New Vaquero, and just ordered some Keith-style 255 gr. lswc. I'm ...


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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:08 AM   #1
 
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.45 Colt loads

I'm looking for input on ya'lls favorite .45 colt loads. I'm shooting a Ruger New Vaquero, and just ordered some Keith-style 255 gr. lswc. I'm looking to get something in the same fps as original loads. Something with enough "umph" to take a deer and capable against the two legged animals.

Mainly just wanting to see what has worked for you guys in the past. I currently have some Autocomp powder, but have read that may not be the best for this caliber. So, what says the forum?



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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:35 AM   #2
 
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Unique works well in the old .45 Colt. With that bullet, 8 grains should get you where you want to go. As always, double check anything you read here with a manual or three, and good shooting!
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Myself, I've always used 3f black powder in the Goex mode, made plenty of smoke, so ya might say I had a nice smoke screen to hide behind, in case I missed my intended target. CAS!!!
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I use blue dot 11 g. Last time I loaded. I got out of a 79 Speer manuel.but I have a S&W. That ruger frame is more stout. I think it called for 13 g. For the ruger. But the other guy said make sure don't want anybody to get hurt

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7.0g Green Dot under 250-260g lead bullet works for me.
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8-9 grains of Unique does the job.
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9 grains of unique under a 255 grain swc is good for 950-1050 from a 71/2 inch blackhawk. take 100 fps off for a 5 inch barrel.
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9 grains of unique under a 255 grain swc is good for 950-1050 from a 71/2 inch blackhawk. take 100 fps off for a 5 inch barrel.
It's the 4 5/8" length, so I figure if I can get around 800-850 fps, I'll be happy. I don't in any way want to try and hot rod this, just something for plinking, self defense (if need be) and maybe a well placed shot on the unlucky deer that presents during hunting season. That's why I chose the LSWC style, fairly cheep to get and cuts a full size, .45 cal hole......in almost anything.
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7.6 grains Autocomp

Tried this loading with the 255 grain lswc. Just five shots, but it seemed to be close (just aiming at a rock about 10 yards away.) Not a whole lot of kick and no leading in the barrel. Primers seemed like they might have flattened a tad, but nothing to really indicate overpressure. I'll have to work up more and put them on paper to really see what I have.
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Nineround: My 45LC load is 7grs of Win 231 with a Hard Cast 255gr LRNFP Bullets. This works very well in all of my Son and I`s S/A & D/A Pistols and all our 45LC Lever & Pump Rifles. This load has enough ((( UMPH ))) for any thing We have ever needed it to do.
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For deer, I use 225 gr Oregon Cast, 225 gr FNL (.452 dia.) with 9.0 grs of IMR 4756, WLMP primer @ 980 fps in 7-1/2 inch barrel. Works well on almost anything standing also.
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Well, looks like reloading will be on hold for a while. My scales decided to take a dump and now won't give a true reading. Thanks for the replies and advice.
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With that bullet I like Unique. 7 1/2grs for plinking, 8 1/2 to 9grs for hunting.
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With Unique, 8.0 to 8.5 grains has worked well in 3 Rugers and one Colt in .45 LC. I size & lube my bullets to 0.453", using a Lyman Lubrisizer and 50-50 Alox/Beeswax then swirl lube with Lee Liquid Alox (LLA). With your store bought bullets, the swirl lube with LLA will probably eliminate any leading you get with that hard commercial lube. That Unique load is good for ~2" @ 25 yds. using the Vaquero or Colt SAA sights too. Unique at 8.3 grains chrono's at 829 fps from my 4-5/8" NV.

Another good load is 7.2 grains of Winchester 231 for 854 fps from my NV. Same accuracy or better as above. For this one I like Lyman's excellent mold #454190 (255 gr from my mold) sized at 0.4543" using straight Wheel Weight alloy.

As always, these loads were worked up for my guns. If interested, work up your own after checking with a GOOD reloading manual and considering all pressure implications.

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So after the arrival of a new Hornady digital powder scale, pulling the 30 suspect rounds I had loaded, and reloading them to the correct grain increments I was after, I went out just now and fired these three groups. All are at a measured 15 yards kneeling behind a converted camera tripod. Granted, not the best they could be, but I do think I have a load to start with now. I'm going to say the fliers are my fault. Stateline Bullets 255 grain HC LSWC loaded over 7.4 grains of Autocomp, with a COL of 1.60"
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