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    45 Colt

    This probably has been asked before, but I got to wondering. I use a drop tube for loading 45-70's, but is there anything to be gained by dropping powder in a 45 Colt case? Using a Lee, 2.2 cc dipper for an average mass of 34.4 grains per cartridge.
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    That is exactly how i do it. Simple simple simple.
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    I would say nothing is gained by using a drop tube with the .45 Colt. Even .45-70 ammo doesn't need a drop tube unless it's match ammo. I only drop tube for .45-70 for 300 yards and beyond.

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    What exactly is a "drop tube"? I've seen that term before and admit I'm clueless.

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    A length of tube with a funnel on top to let you trickle in black; the fall and arrival help the grains settle more densely. Rolled up paper and an exterior tape wrap works without getting fancy, depending upon the case mouth diameter (like an 8x57 or something).

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    By the way, maxing the BP in a .45 Colt single shot lends itself to some fun loading possibilities.

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    Nice longer OAL.
    I dump the powder slowly tthrough t he funne. That adds about 2 grs mkre capacity. Also some original45 colt BP rounds had.2 compression.
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    .2" compression is roughly what I put on 36gr FFG in 44-40 cases. I made a comression die from an old RCBS seat die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Jack Hammer View Post
    I would say nothing is gained by using a drop tube with the .45 Colt. Even .45-70 ammo doesn't need a drop tube unless it's match ammo. I only drop tube for .45-70 for 300 yards and beyond.
    I always though drop tubes were used for compressed powder loads? What's the connection to match loads?
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    I use a drop tube for 45-70 and 45 Colt. It's a special kind of therapy.

    Had fun shooting some 45 colt BP today!



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    I just drop in about 32g of FFFg Goex with a .060 veggie wad and a homemade wonder wad soaked with Emmerts/lanolin lube. Then press the pullet in with a little crunch. Standard deviation is 5 and they pretty accurate, better than my smokeless loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donkee View Post
    I just drop in about 32g of FFFg Goex with a .060 veggie wad and a homemade wonder wad soaked with Emmerts/lanolin lube. Then press the pullet in with a little crunch. Standard deviation is 5 and they pretty accurate, better than my smokeless loads.
    Was that with a 200 or 250 grain boolit?
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    I've used a long drop tube and vibration singly and together. None of these 3 powder charging methods shrunk the powder column significantly more than the other when loading the 45 Colt.
    So to save time an speed up the powder charging process I've settled just using a bit of vibration.
    Touch the vibrator tool to the case rim and slowly slide it up to the case mouth then slowly down the other side. You can see the powder granuals dance then collapse to a lower level.
    I pre-compress the powder column with a compression plug mounted in the expander die body.
    The press with the compression plug is so powerful I doubt a drop tube or vibration is actually needed just to pack down a 35 to 36 grain charge of GOEX 2fg in 45 Colt case.
    I'm loading a soft cast (20:1 lead:tin) 261 grain RNFP from Jetbullets.com with SPG lube.
    In Starline brass with CCI 350 magnum primer. No over powder card wad or lube wad is used as these ctg's will be fired in 5.5" barrel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnhenry57 View Post
    Was that with a 200 or 250 grain boolit?
    250g Missouri Cowboy #1 re-lubed bullet. I am using CCI magnum large pistol primers.

    I could download them or go with a lighter bullet but I like the BOOM and the recoil rolling those pistols back into position to cock the hammer.....
    Last edited by donkee; 07-09-2017 at 08:37 AM.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check