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Old August 23rd, 2012, 05:58 AM   #1
 
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Ruger Single Action .45 Colt Ammo-Open Discussions,Opinions,Thoughts

Howdy To All & A New Member Here:

Minor Leading was an issue with both my Ruger SA 45 Colt NM & OM Vaquero's
when going target shooting running several hundred rounds of various cowboy
factory ammo during practice. Was driving me nuts cleaning them day to day.
Well..... (Note : I have nothing to do or gain from these companies below)

No longer a problem, as we went to a gun show and picked up from the
Milwall Corp Ammo Booth some .45 Colts that creat no leading whatsoever.
They are fairly priced at about $300 for a box of "500" rounds. They are lead,
but are Flat Nosed TMJ (Total Metal Copper Jacket). They are accurate enough
for practice and have low recoil as they are cowboy type loads. I get ZERO
leading with these loads and I just now clean and lub with CLP and rock on.
If I want to super clean them I just add a little Flitz lightly as well on the
cylinder burn rings to clean off that residue.....Then I drop them in my
Lyman 6000 Sonic Cleaner ( for SS guns only ! ) and they're better than new
inside and out.

Now for home SD or CCW purposes who cares about leading so.....
I load my OM .45 Vaquero with Corbon DPX 225 +P Barnes.
I load my shorter NM .45 Vaquero Montado with Hornady 185 JHP CD's
(Buffalo Bore, which I also like, have similar offering at even hotter levels.)
(Just a word of caution here-The High Pressure rounds do not use in a "NM" Vaquero).

ps-Really like the Corbon DPX +P 225 Barnes in the "OM" Vaquero.
(Solid Copper-No Leading possible)
Great reviews and a good middle ground choice at about 1100-1200 fps.
The BB's have an offering of 1,500 fps, but you have to contend
with the higher recoil at that level which might slow down follow
up shots, and of course, night muzzle flash and ear ringing firepower.
I'm always concerned about over penetration too when in comes to SD.

Note: Many of the JHP standard pressures are also good in the "NMV" but
a little slower at around 850 to 900 fps-Liked the reviews on the Hornady
185 JHP CD's especially for my shorter barreled Montado .45.

AGAIN-Follow manufacturers warnings on ammo types and use !

EDIT-Just got some new .45 Colt Barnes Vor-Tx 200's-Me likes.




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Old August 23rd, 2012, 06:22 AM   #2
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I suspect your initial batches of lead bullets were either swaged or a softer alloy mix as these combinations have plagued me in the past. It might be worth your while to look into casting your own hardened lead bullets and finding a load that suits you with them. You’ll find that the gas check’s and jacketed bullets aren’t necessary to avoid leading and a hard cast SWC bullet has good penetration and accuracy. Oh yeah, I have a Ruger Old Model Blackhawk in 45 Colt that's a tackdriver.
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I always used hard cast bullets for my 45 colt shooting. I have never cast as the wife does not want it. Happy wife happy life. So I have purchased from several sources. I have also used Berry's plated bullets with good results.
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I have had good results in my OS Vaqueros using the Lyman 452424 bullet and AAC-#5 and Unique with wheelweight alloy. Hornady swagged cowboy bullets also worked well. Overtime I have become an advocate of matching bullet diameter to throat diameter of the cylinder. The most extreme leading I have experienced came from gas cutting on lead bullets that were too small for the throat.
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Welcome from MT.

I roll my own so have not much to add...

Other than bullets from 12-15 BHN seem to work well for me at the power levels I use (900-1100fps). Of course that is just part of the battle. Need the right sized throats and no barrel constrictions to eliminate leading entirely.
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I have also used Berry's plated bullets with good results.
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Thanks for the information about the ammunition. My OM Vaquero will shoot anything, but cleaning can be tedious. I appreciate you sharing your experience.
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Glad no one mentioned powder coating.
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Glad no one mentioned powder coating.
I was going to but now I won't...yes I will and also the comment about shooting soft lead in a 45 Colt causing leading...I shoot a 12 BHN lead (both "nude" and coated...both from Missouri bullet co) and the loads I shoot are not high enough pressure to cause leading...In fact I shoot the same exact bullet in 45acp and again...soft bullet and all....no leading at all...let the discussion of hard vs soft begin...as it always does.
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I like Powder Coated bullets from Missouri Bullet Co. No leading at all.
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