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    Your Favorite 45 Colt Load

    What is your favorite 45 Colt load? It can be BP or smokeless and of course the projectile must be lead.

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    Mine is 18gr of 2400 w/255gr 452423kt style boolit for a "business" load.
    7.5 universal same boolit, sometimes a 452190 for an easy load. Mix brass, any primer I can get, Win, Wolf, Rem, CCI, etc. These are for a Ruger Blackhawk and the 2400 is a bit stiff.

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    Lately I am shooting a 250 gr RF PB bullet with 6 gr of WST. This load shoots to POA with my colt clone from Cimeron and recoils about like 6 gr of red dot does. I am using this load because I got a great deal on an 8 pound bottle of this powder and need to use it or buy something else. So far I have found good loads for 38Spl, 45 acp, 45 colt and I am experimenting with 9mm right now.

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    17 grains 2400 with a Lee 265 PBFN of 50/50 (WW-Lead) in my Ruger 7.5 barrel.
    18 grains 2400 same boolit in my Rossi Rifle 20 " (Old Interarms import)
    Same Boolit & 8 grains Unique in either one....
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    Have a couple that I'm using for right now
    8.5gr Unique, Lee 200gr RFN @ ~815fps(powder puff for noobs)
    7.0gr TiteGroup, 454190 or 454424 @ 950fps(nice '+P' load, IMO)


    If I try to push them any faster at this point, accuracy goes to pot. The throats in my 5.5" Blackhawk are still small and haven't had a chance to send it to cylindersmith. Want to keep it handy during deer seasons while stomping around in the woods. After the first of the year, I'm planning on sending the cylinder off for doctoring.

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    6.5 grains of Red Dot and either a 454424 or a 320 grain hammer boolit.
    18.5 grains of 2400 under a hammer is what gets loaded when i'm in the bear woods.
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    My carry load for my S&W 4" .45 Colt Mountain gun and my Blackhawks and original Vaqueros is the Lee 250 RNFP of WCWW lubed with 2 light layers of LLA over 8.0 grains of Win 231. My heavy (for my needs) load for my Rugers is the RCBS 275 CAA of ACWW (285 grains) with the same lube over 13.0 of HS-6. This load is particularly accurate out of my scoped 7.5" Blackhawk. I've tried it in the Smith, but is more than I like in that light gun. That having been said, however, I would carry it with that load if I needed a backup gun for bear or large hogs.

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    Your Favorite .45 Colt Load

    I find that 8 to 8.5 grs. of Unique under either Lyman #454424 or #454190 lit off by CCI Lg. Pistol primers are very satisfactory for my 4 5/8" O.M. Ruger Blackhawk. The boolits are WW+ a bit of tin and weigh about 255 grs.

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    several of them

    Dave Scovill's RCBS 45-270-SAA sized 0.456" over 13 gr. of Blue Dot. - general utility load

    RCBS 45-300-FN sized 0.456" over 21 gr. of H110 for max load - really kicks too hard for general use. i use only for hunting or bear defense.

    working up a RCBS 45-330-U load with 2400 but not "there" yet.


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    RCBS 45-270-SSA (275 as shot) .452 with 11.5gr #5 in a Ruger Bisley 7.5" 1075-1105fps
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    I've used 8.5 to 9.5 grains of Unique behind NEI 255, Saeco 255 SWC. for the past 25 years.
    I use 20 grains of H110 behind a 300 grain SAECO for use in my Rossi/Winchester 92.

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    As I recall the equivalent to the original factory load was 6 gr. of Red Dot with about any 250 gr. slug. I have used this load for about as far back as I remember. The velocity is around 900 fps and is good for anything I want to use it on.Robert

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    I only have one: 8 grains of Unique with a 250 grain cast bullet. I am using the Lee 252 Gr. Semi wad cutter with great results.
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    So far my best load is 10 gr. Unique with a 300 gr. gc flatpoint, other load is 24 gr. H-110 over 255gr. Keith...both of these are in a ruger blackhawk!

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    Since most of my time is spent killing steel plates I don't need any ringtailed fire belchers.
    My favorite is a 200 grain RNFP and 6.0 grains of trail boss.
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    21 grains of WC 820 (lot 47320) starline case, wlp gold and 310 Keith has worked for me for twenty years on lots of things.

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    Business load is 24 grains H110, mag primer, NEI 310 grain Keith water dropped boolit.

    Plinking load is 8.5 grains unique, Lee 255 RNFP.

    Redhawk and Blackhawk only with the H110 load.
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    I just started loading .45 colt. Right now i'm doing 8grn of unique, and a 255grn cast bullet.
    Does anyone have any good BP loads? I tried loading 35grns as someone suggested, but they left no room for the bullet...

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    Ironcowboy,

    If you are using your loads for CAS matches, you might load a little lower with the 255 grain boolit -- say around 7.3 grains of Unique. I believe the suggestion someone made of loading 35 grains of powder must have been for BLACK POWDER, as a load like that with Unique would blow a gun up.

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    A pure lead Lyman 454190 sitting on top of a case full of Goex 3fg.

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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
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
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