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    .45 Colt Loads

    On old topic, but one that can be revisited. I've been shooting a lot of fixed sight Italian clones and here's what works for me. I like to hit the 4" and 6" gongs out my back door at 65 yards and 85 yards, so the loads are adjusted to hit a smidge high above the front sight. I like to see the whole target. The Old Welder's eyes are good but not great.

    Missouri Bullets 185 grain .452" Buttons (blue lube BHN 11)) over 6.3 grains of Alliant Red Dot or 6.3 grains IMR Red, standard primer, any cartridge case. For the Uberti 1873 it hits dead to the top of the blade. Scary accurate. The Badman bullets .452" 185 is also used, it's a little harder(red lube BHN 16). Lately I've been using 7.8 grains W231 under these slugs, and while it's a little hotter, it is every bit as accurate. No complaints. Unique was too slow a powder for the light bullets, didn't work.

    Same bullets over 6.7 grains of Alliant Red Dot or 6.7 grains IMR Red and 8.0 grains W231 makes my two Piettas hit dead on. All loads listed are well under SAAMI 14,000 psi. The .45 Colt is not a super mag in Colt or Colt Clones. I had to give up on the 250-255 grain bullets, they hit way too high. That's when I went to the 185's. I don't cast, so I buy these at 10 cents a bullet delivered to my door. I carry the 185's in a shoulder rig when I go into town. Hoping never to use them, but prepared. Never chrono'd, but 1050-1100 fps according to the manuals.

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    Thanks for the good post.
    I have only tried trailboss under a 250gr RNFP cast.
    Out of a Ruger New Vaquero I can hit big targets up close
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    my load for my Ruger blackhawk 45 colt 4 5/8 barrel is 8 gr unique 250 gr lead bullet or a 250 gr XTP.

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    8 gr. unique under the 250-255 SWC is my fave.
    Got the load from an old Lyman book (from the sixties).
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    I don't think I could list all the 45 colt loads I have shot.
    but bulls-eye through 2400 would probably be covered in every powder step along the way, and several of them 2-3 times in different brands.[like international clay's/green-dot type stuff]
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    Good info. I’m on the verge of getting a Ruger Blackhawk 45LC/45acp.
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    My standard load is Trailboss under a 250 gr RNFP.

    Recently shot some reloads I got in package deal that had 185 gr similar in design to the ones you are using over HP-38. Scary accurate. May have to try loading some of those myself.
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    Lee 452-255-RF six-holer cast from wheel weights and tumbled twice in BLL over 6.7 gr. W231 in any case with any standard LPP ia what I load for my 5.5" 1873 copy. I have a very old Lyman mold for .452 but it looks light...maybe the 185-range. TrailBoss is useless to me even though I don't load .45 Colt hot.
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    I have used Trail Boss, 800-X, and CFE Pistol under a 250 gr or 255 gr hard cast boolit. I will have to try those 185 gr projectiles............
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    I still load a box or two of 45's every year for Grandpa's Colt New Service. Normally 8 grains of Unique and a 250 gr cast bullet. Old gun shoots well. I shot it better 30 years ago when I could see the tiny sights better. Put some new grips on it not long ago:




    And I load some ammo for my son's 45 Blackhawk too. He normally keeps the 45 ACP cylinder in his revolver, 'cause he knows he can always find 45 ACP ammo at my place. I don't load a lot of 45 Colt for him, but some. That old Ruger shoots real nice. I've tried some heavier loads, but keep coming back to the 8 gr of Unique & cast 250's. Seems to me I've got a couple of boxes of 300 gr bullets for it on the loading bench though.



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