has anyone out there used thier 45lc for hunting deer or bear? i have a 45lc pistol and had a wild hair about geting a riflr to match. i have a 30-30 and 338mx but ..... would appreciate your feed back
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I like mine for hunting and carry it to the ranch whenever I go, well most of the time. See the attached post.
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Yes, several times, but keep in mind that most revolvers chambered in .45 Colt cannot take the pressure of a hot loaded round, which is really what should be used in a Marlin 1894. The old model Ruger Vaquero was an exception to this rule and with a properly loaded .45 had every bit of the roar of a .44 mag. Buffalo Boar makes some outstanding hunting loads for the .45 Colt which I have used successfully to down hogs and deer with using my .45 1894 CBC.
I can say by experience that a 315 grain WFP cast bullet will zip right through both black bears and deer at a measly 1200 fps. Critters don't go far with that kind of perforation. Last year two of my friends both took Black Bears with handguns with that or a comparable load. Another took a Moose and another got an Elk. Put it where it goes and a big slow bullet will do the job.
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You can also achieve 44 magnum power with 25% less pressure in the 45 Colt in the Ruger Blackhawk or the Marlin 1894. Look at the Hodgdon loads for Ruger/Contenders. The 45 is a bigger bullet than the 43 magnum (.429) and powerwise is comparable to the difference between the 41 magnum and the 44 magnum and uses heavier bullets. .410--.429--.451
I load 250gr XTP bullets over 26gr of H110 in the 45 colt and shoot them in my Ruger .45 Colt and my H&R BC Carbine. I used the same load in the 1894 45 Colt I had.
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Yes . I have the 1894 cowboy 24" and the Ruger Blackhawk Hunter . Have not put one on the ground yet but my tests show its very adequate .
Shooting the same load in both guns. 250 XTP hp - 23 grains Lil Gun - CCI350 but it is a stout load for the Ruger however is listed in the manuals.
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I think GeorgeKY has done pretty good with his. I'm surprised that he hasn't been along yet on this.
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as to the orignal post, I haven't any experience and therefor won't comment other than to say, cant see why it wouldn't work just fine. seems as though folks have used 357's and 44's within limits.
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The .45 colt has long been my favorite caliber. If you reload, you have a wide array of options from paper punching to very warm loads that will turn a wild boar/deer into dinner. My son and I have taken boars up to 250 lbs with single shots. He has taken whitetail with his Marlin CBC with no problems using factory irons. Here is what I have at the present time in .45 colt ...
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thanks for the insite. i had not thought about the heavier loads in my hand gun, mabe i need TWO new shooters.
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