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    I am only repeating what I read. I don't have personal experience with the 45.
    My 1894 and Super Blackhawk are 44 Mags, for the same reason, and each have provided one shot venison dinners.

    I also read a lot of deer succumbed to the 44-40
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    If you have any questions on if you should save up and get a JM or not then don't even think it's a question. I have 2 JM 45 Colt Cowboys and my my my my my are they a work of art. 2 rifles that will never...ever...Get sold by me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ardenkent View Post
    I am going to carry on with the " why not 44 Magnum " question. Chuck Hawk, whoever he is, wrote the 45 Long Colt is not powerful enough for whitetail hunting, if that is your goal.
    I’ve killed a doe at 105 yds and a 8pt at 30 yds with my 1894 45 colt. I know it’s at least powerful enough to flip a doe on her back at that range.

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    Chuck Hawks uses a formula that provides a numeric killing power value at 100 yds.
    KP = Ft.Lbs at 100 yards * SD * Bullet area sq.in

    Hawks concludes from practical experience that KP < 12.5 is for varmints under 50 lbs.

    • 8.92 = 45 Colt, 225 gr, LeverEvolution
    • 15.32 = 44 Mag, 225 gr, LeverEvolution
    • 16.42 = 357 Mag, 158 gr, Buffalo Bore Heavy
    • 29.60 = 30-30, 160 gr, LeverEvolution
    • 51.39 = 30-06, 165 gr, Superperformance SST

    The slow velocity of the 45 Colt at 100 yds is the cause of the low K.P.
    Last edited by bgavin; 05-13-2019 at 09:28 AM. Reason: corrected typos
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    I guess no one told the deer I have taken with a 45 Colt not to die! My 1894 Cowboy LTD is amazingly accurate and has never had a problem extracting rounds. I wonder where that information came from as I have never seen it with the many 1894's I've seen in use with 45 Colt round. I bet it was more internet facts.

    Dan
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    That 225 gr leverevolution round is safe for use in a revolver. Safe in a Colt SAA. Those are not what I would be using in a Lever action Marlin 94 or a Winchester 92. The listed muzzle velocity on that ammunition from a 4.75" barrel is under 1,000 fps. There are better options for the 45Colt in a rifle.
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    My 45 colt is a Winchester I use 250 gr Hornady XTP loaded with 9 grains of Unique, I have made one shot kills on hogs deer and varmits and had no problems with extraction. It’s very accurate and fun to hunt with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chigger View Post
    My 45 colt is a Winchester I use 250 gr Hornady XTP loaded with 9 grains of Unique, I have made one shot kills on hogs deer and varmits and had no problems with extraction. It’s very accurate and fun to hunt with.
    same load here. hit it. it dies!
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    I have a JM 1894 Cowboy limited 24" octagon barrel I might let go. I really prefer a 20"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jpm2953 View Post
    I have a JM 1894 Cowboy limited 24" octagon barrel I might let go. I really prefer a 20"
    Out of my 20" JM Cowboy and 24" JM Cowboy I much prefer the 20".


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