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Thread: Commercial full power 45 Colt BP ammo

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    Commercial full power 45 Colt BP ammo

    Hey guys,
    Do you know of any commercially available BP ammo, that is full power and not reduced "cowboy" loads. I want to try full power BP loads in my 45 Colt single actions, to decide if that's the route I want to go with my reloading. Could save me some time and money in the long run.

    Blacky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacky Montana View Post
    Hey guys,
    Do you know of any commercially available BP ammo, that is full power and not reduced "cowboy" loads. I want to try full power BP loads in my 45 Colt single actions, to decide if that's the route I want to go with my reloading. Could save me some time and money in the long run.

    Blacky
    Buy some OE 3F and shoot ,save time and money Ed

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    Buffalo Arms probably has it. GF

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    If you are going to load your own you will need something to compress the BP. For the 44-40 I found a used die to set the boolit, the insert was exactly the size to fit into the case, I filled it with glue and filed the result flat - works perfectly to compress the powder.
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    Be careful what you wish for. The original 45 Colt load consisted of a 255 grain boolit loaded over 40 grains ... 40 grains ... of good fine sporting Black Powder.

    Now-a-days you can load 40 grains Ol E 2 or 3 Fg Black Powder under a 255 grain Lee boolit greased up with a good Black Powder lube. Spark it with a good large pistol primer ... mag primers are not required.

    Before spending a bunch ... load a few of these and shoot em in a revolver in good shape. They are going to come to life my friend. I would be willing to bet that you will desire to load em down to 30 or so grains after that.

    Side note here ... my Colt SAA was very accurate with the original loads. It will group into 1 raged hole off the bench at 15 yds. But ... the recoil is magnum like ... this is prolly the why of the good ol US military down loading the old Colt load so as to be tolerable for the troops to shoot.

    They are fun though. Nothing like 40 grains of compressed Black to impress with the beltchin of copious smoke screen and authority to impress even a veteran magnum shooter.

    Some perspective ... the 38-55 loads of 40 to 46 grains ol E bumping a 250 grain boolit down range. These have killed just about any head of game on the American continent.
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    I agree. I load 44-40 with BP. 200gr Big Lube boolit. Out of a 7.5" barrel that bullet is traveling 750fps being pushed with 37gr Goex FFG and is traveling 1300fps out of my 20" Uberti short rifle. No slouches, these original loads.
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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
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