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    .45LC for deer

    What's everyone's thoughts on using a .45lc carbine for deer? Been wanting to replace the 1894c I stupidly sold a few years ago and the JM vintage ones are pretty pricey now but it seems like the other calibers are a little cheaper. Found a mint 1894CB chambered in .45 that I thought I might try to pursue if it would make a good deer gun inside of 100yds.
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    I like the 45 LC especially in a rifle. It will do anything a 44 mag will do. You can load the 45LC just about to 44 mag velocities. If you get the rifle, try some of the Vor-Tec all copper 200 gr bullets, they are awesome/ or load up some big flat nose cast boolits.
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    255gr+ LFN will put a hurting on them.
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    I don't reload. Did a little research and it looks like if I stay away from the light cowboy loads there won't be any issues. I don't know if I'm going to pursue the rifle or not, it's priced a tad high and I'd still rather have a .44 mag or .357.
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    the 45 colt is just a bigger 44 mag.
    even if you don't use the higher powered ammo it is still fully capable of putting down a deer.
    I use a plain old cast bullet on top of 8.5grs of unique, this is barely above the old black powder load.
    the same black powder load that was specced to penetrate and kill a horse from a revolver, a deer don't stand a chance from a rifle.

    the CB models demand a bit higher price for a reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runfiverun View Post
    the 45 colt is just a bigger 44 mag.
    even if you don't use the higher powered ammo it is still fully capable of putting down a deer.
    I use a plain old cast bullet on top of 8.5grs of unique, this is barely above the old black powder load.
    the same black powder load that was specced to penetrate and kill a horse from a revolver, a deer don't stand a chance from a rifle.

    the CB models demand a bit higher price for a reason.
    That's good to know. I really like the cowboy models with the octogon barrels. I almost bought the gun last time I was at the shop but was picking up another rifle I had bought so I put it back on the shelf.
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    Mule deer doe, 250 yards, Rossi .45 Colt, 255gr cast bullet over 21gr of IMR 4227. In one side and out through the off side front leg. Heart shot, limped about 25-30 yards and dropped. I'm a believer!
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    Imo if you do not handload it would be wiser to get the 357 or 44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1956CJ5 View Post
    Mule deer doe, 250 yards, Rossi .45 Colt, 255gr cast bullet over 21gr of IMR 4227. In one side and out through the off side front leg. Heart shot, limped about 25-30 yards and dropped. I'm a believer!
    Heck yeah, nice shootin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1956CJ5 View Post
    Mule deer doe, 250 yards, Rossi .45 Colt, 255gr cast bullet over 21gr of IMR 4227. In one side and out through the off side front leg. Heart shot, limped about 25-30 yards and dropped. I'm a believer!
    I have that same rifle in 44.
    the 45's are all blued
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