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Thread: Best mold for heavy 45 LC rifle load

  1. #21

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    Jun 2013
    NW GA
    45-270-SAA for me.

  2. #22
    Boolit Bub
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    Oct 2016
    Itís a dry heat.....


    I had great success with the Lee 255RF in both my Winchester M95 Trapper and my short-barreled Ruger BH. Too, the 300 LFN bullet gave a higher-power load in both, although feeding could be a challenging in the M94.


  3. #23
    Boolit Buddy
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    Aug 2006
    Another vote for the RCBS 45-270-SAA here. Your Rossi 92 should be able to handle "Ruger" level loads just fine, but it's interesting that you found leading near the muzzle with your 14 gr. Blue Dot load, and dropping the load some fixed that. I wonder if the specific lube you had on those bullets had deteriorated since the time you cast them back in the 1970s? I'm assuming you lubed them back then, but if you lubed them recently, then maybe try a different lube?

    Maybe there's really nothing to "fix" though--the load you settled on sounds like it has plenty of penetration at 75 yards and is accurate.

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    Boolit Buddy John Van Gelder's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    NE Oregon
    When I lived in Alaska I loaded this bullet in my 94 Winchester .45 Colt, and used the same bullet in my Ruger Blackhawk.

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    It is the Lee 457 340. This bullet was used in developing some of the early heavy .45 Colt loads for the Blackhawk. It shot well in my Winchester.

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    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    Larry pressure tested this load for me to use in my Ruger Blackhawk and H&R Handi Rifle.

    I've been very satisfied.

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    Slightly exceeds SAAMI MAP for .45 Colt, at 17,400 psi, but well within design limits for modern Colt Clones, Colt New Service M1909 and similar sturdy pre-WW2 smokeless frames.

    No issues for Ruger New Model Vaquero, etc.

    960 fps for 295-grain bullet with 7.5 grains of Alliant Bullseye from 10-inch Contender.
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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
GC Gas Check