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Old February 12th, 2011, 05:39 PM   #1
 
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Favorite 45 colt handloads?

I'm starting to load 45 colt. Was kinda thinking about using heavy cast bullets like 300-350gr. Powders on hand are 2400, power pistol, Blue dot, H110. I'm wanting a medium velocity loading probably around 1,000 fps. Anybody use these powders in the 45 colt?



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Old February 13th, 2011, 06:18 AM   #2
 
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I'm starting to load 45 colt. Was kinda thinking about using heavy cast bullets like 300-350gr. Powders on hand are 2400, power pistol, Blue dot, H110. I'm wanting a medium velocity loading probably around 1,000 fps. Anybody use these powders in the 45 colt?
I've used all the powders you mentioned in the .45 Colt, except the Power Pistol. However I've only recently started experimenting with the 300gr + bullets. You see I'm not convinced they are needed for normal hunting or shooting, but for my own education I'm doing some research.
The first thing I did when I started with the heavy bullets is to go on eBay and acquire a copy of Hodgdons #26. This is the go-to manual for heavy siliwet (sp) loads and will have what you want for those bullet weights.

For my own loads I won't shoot heavy bullet hot loads with ball powder from my revolvers. I've had too much forcing cone erosion because of them. I stick with flake or extruded powders such as 2400 or 4227. There are others too. Power Pistol may be too fast a powder for your loads. I reserve the heavy ammo loaded with H110 for my rifles.

Sorry I don't have any actual load data to share as I load the heavy bullets full tilt. The way I look at it, if I'm going to shoot a heavy bullet I might as well push it fast.

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I never tried anything heavier that the 454424 Keith bullet(255 gr) with 9 gr of Unique. It was and is a great load for that caliber. I've looked though five manuals I have dating back to 1969 to the present and see no load for a bullet over 260 grs.

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I've used Power Pistol with 45 Colt: 225gr. lead for shooting bowling pins with 8gr. run about 1000fps. I have never seen this load in any manuals, Power Pistol doesn't seem to be used in larger calibers; therefore I am NOT recommending it. The load worked fine for me, but I wouldn't want to use it for heavier bullets - too much pressure for the speed you are looking for. I'm sure you can find good loads with the other powders that you have.
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335gr HC over 24gr. of 296/110
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W-296/H-110, no question in my mind..

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You just might find some info here : Linebaugh's Custom Sixguns - The .45 Colt - Dissolving the Myth, Discovering the Legend .

My shooting is limited to 250-255g bullets. So I can't help you myself.
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335gr HC over 24gr. of 296/110
I see from you Club Membership that you are a Marine. You must be to shoot many boolits with the powder charge you list!!!

Now then, I am just former Army and I have only used 23 grains of H-110 and that was with a 283 grain boolit...

That must be one flipper to shoot--any recoil?...

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That is back in the day Larry Kelly/JD Jones loads for big game hunting and yep you know if your fireing pin is broke or not
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I use 2400 to push a 250gr cast boolit of BHN 15-16. Works great.
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I like 21.5 H110 behind a 300gr hardcast. Magnum primer of course.

This is a Ruger Only load!

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Hey guys, this reloading forum is about SAFE SAAMI level loads. We also allow loads to be posted from reputable reloading manuals such as Speer or Hornady, which would cover some "Ruger Only" loads. If you want to hot load 45 Colts, there's plenty of data in other sources .... but not applicable here. Please read this before posting load data:
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favorite 45 colt loads

I treied many loads in the big Colt.45.I never got good results with I M R 4227.Did ok with some loads of 2400.My all time favorite is 9 grs Unique behind a hard cast 255 gr keith style semi wadcutter.I settled on this load years ago as it is very accurate in both my old Blackhawk,and the Rossi lever gun.Just cant find anything else that does as well in both,and quit trying after much trial and mostly error.Some here have recommended 4227.but I had way too much un-burned powder in both my guns.9 gr Unique and the bullet I mentioned is plenty accurate for me.That load is about all I shoot anymore.The most accurate I have found is the winchester Silvertip.Just too expensive for every day shooting .Be safe.
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My all time favorite is 9 grs Unique behind a hard cast 255 gr keith style semi wadcutter.I settled on this load years ago as it is very accurate in both my old Blackhawk,and the Rossi lever gun.Just cant find anything else that does as well in both,and quit trying after much trial and mostly error..
Same load I use. Can't go wrong with it.
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Some here have recommended 4227.but I had way too much un-burned powder in both my guns
Well, I found that the un-burned powder doesn't affect anything and I am more interested in 'accuracy'. I found an IMR-4227 load (20g 4227 pushing 255g SWC) that shoots very well in my .45 Colt Vaquero, so I am sticking with it for that revolver. BTW, this is not a 'hot' load even though it is a grain over the max listed in the Hornady manual. My chrony shows around 900fps (surprised me as I expected around 1000fps) <shrug>. I was using standard CCI primer and some places it mentions using a Magnum primer... Or maybe not using a firm enough crimp... No matter as it is an accurate load in both of my .45 Colt Ruger revolvers and that is what counts.... Right?

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9 grs Unique behind a hard cast 255
About to try that load myself but pushing a 250g RNFP in my .45 BH. 8.5g (Max in Hornady manual) has been a good charge too, but I see 9.0g being mentioned (not just here), so willing to try it, as it is in the velocity range I am looking for and not a Ruger Only Load. Plus it is fun to try new loads . Then I get to test it all over again using 255g SWC bullets down the road. Fun Fun....

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