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    Talking Pulled the trigger on a new Redhawk 45 Colt today

    Well, not literally yet anyway. Just ordered it. A 4 inch Redhawk 45 Colt. I'm thinking 335 or 360gr Cast Performance handloads. This will be my "OH NO!!" gun. Anyone have one?
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    After reading some of Jim Linebaugh's writings on the 45 Colt, I'm thinking of the same gun. It seems to be a great caliber. I wish S&W would make a scandium frame 45 Colt.

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    45 Colt really is a great caliber and with the Redhawk it can loaded hot and be rock solid on reliability. Let us know when you get it and really do pull the trigger!

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    Have you used Ranger Rick's bullets? I am impressed with their quality and his prices seem pretty good too. Probably singing to the choir, but thought I'd mention it.

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    No, I haven't, glad you mentioned him. I'll check em out.

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    Just loaded up some 357 grain Hunter supply 45LC's tonight. Midway USA was running a sale a few weeks back so you might check them out. They were like $12 per box of 50 so I couldn't pass them up. I'll see how they shoot out of my Ruger Alaskan 454 this weekend.

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    Still trying to decide between the 4" and the 5 1/2".
    Now what ?

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    Ya, I know what you mean, this one is for a specific purpose. For me, this is the "up close and personal" easy to pack gun. I have a SBH 44mag which of course is 7 1/2 inch barrel that I usually pack. I may just scope that one now and just use it for shooting and handgun hunting. But, the 45 will be on my hip every time I venture out into The Great Land. Should be a little more convenient, plus the DA should make it easier for the wife if she ever really has to use it in the berry patch. I'll probably have it magnaported too.

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    I think both of them can be deployed in/from a sleeping bag, but if I can get a consistently measureable advantage with the longer barrel, it's the direction I'll go.

    I originally wanted a S&W Mountain Gun in .45 Colt, but no one has given me a definitive answer on whether or not I can safely push 300-310 grain cast bullets to the 1100 fps range with one.

    With the Ruger, it's a no-brainer and so my dilema is really with the weight of the MG vs the 4" Redhawk, the extra 1 1/2" on the 5 1/2" Redhawk probably isn't going to make a noticeable difference..............Or will it?
    Now what ?

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    Check out the attached article. There is a table of test fired loads from 7 1/2 and 5 1/2 barreled Redhawks. If you look at all the loads in the article is seems that for a loss of 2 inches of barrel it only equates to about 50 fps average, some only 10fps. Look at the 360gr load, only a 26fps difference. A guy should be able to launch that 360gr out of a 4 inch tube at 1100. Bottom line is that a 325-360gr hard cast lead .452 bullet at 1100-1300 fps out of any barrel will give the desired penetration, at least at self defense range. And at about 10,000 CUP less than a 44 mag.

    Here is an excerpt. The last two numbers are velocity, 7.5 tube first and 5.5 second.

    CPBC 265 LBT/26.0 GR. WW296 1" 1464 1380
    CPBC 325 LBT/21.0 GR. WW296 1" 1234 1205
    CPBC 335 LBT/21.0 GR. WW296 1 1/8" 1275 1201
    CPBC 360 LBT/19.5 GR. WW296 1 1/4" 1180 1154


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    I think both of them can be deployed in/from a sleeping bag, but if I can get a consistently measureable advantage with the longer barrel, it's the direction I'll go.

    I originally wanted a S&W Mountain Gun in .45 Colt, but no one has given me a definitive answer on whether or not I can safely push 300-310 grain cast bullets to the 1100 fps range with one.

    With the Ruger, it's a no-brainer and so my dilema is really with the weight of the MG vs the 4" Redhawk, the extra 1 1/2" on the 5 1/2" Redhawk probably isn't going to make a noticeable difference..............Or will it?
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    Cool. Thanks! I have a 3-ring binder that has nothing but .45 Colt stuff in it. This'll fit right in as another reference.
    Now what ?

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    Who did you buy it from? I am ready to pull the trigger on one also.

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    Just printed out the article, thanks. So as per my unanswered thread of this morning, are there any advantages to the .44Mag over the .45Colt?

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    Default Rugers Redhawk-

    Quote Originally Posted by Snyd View Post
    Well, not literally yet anyway. Just ordered it. A 4 inch Redhawk 45 Colt. I'm thinking 335 or 360gr Cast Performance handloads. This will be my "OH NO!!" gun. Anyone have one?
    Ya might take a peek at the Rugers chamber throats, I've seen many run as tight as .449.

    Easy fix is ream them, give Murphy a shout when the gun shows.

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    the advantage goes to the colt if you have the ruger in the redhawk or blackhawk

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskamonte View Post
    Ya might take a peek at the Rugers chamber throats, I've seen many run as tight as .449.

    Easy fix is ream them, give Murphy a shout when the gun shows.
    Ok, thanks for the heads up. I seem to remember reading somewhere that recently Ruger has made some improvements in bore consistency??

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevelyn View Post
    I think both of them can be deployed in/from a sleeping bag, but if I can get a consistently measureable advantage with the longer barrel, it's the direction I'll go.

    I originally wanted a S&W Mountain Gun in .45 Colt, but no one has given me a definitive answer on whether or not I can safely push 300-310 grain cast bullets to the 1100 fps range with one.

    With the Ruger, it's a no-brainer and so my dilema is really with the weight of the MG vs the 4" Redhawk, the extra 1 1/2" on the 5 1/2" Redhawk probably isn't going to make a noticeable difference..............Or will it?
    Look at this info on the attached link. Jim Linebaugh probably knows as much or more about the .45 Colt as anyone.


    http://www.customsixguns.com/writing...g_the_myth.htm

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    Default Each Gun Is A Rule Unto Itself-

    Quote Originally Posted by Snyd View Post
    Ok, thanks for the heads up. I seem to remember reading somewhere that recently Ruger has made some improvements in bore consistency??
    Stolen from gunrag salesman John Taffin, I eventually convinced him that it was asinine to have .450 bullets for a .4525

    BTW, real Colts have .454 bores and the 454 Casull is actually .4515, chuckle.

    Anyhoo, the later Ruger Redhawks might be .452 but it's variable and I sell them everyday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snyd View Post
    Check out the attached article. There is a table of test fired loads from 7 1/2 and 5 1/2 barreled Redhawks. If you look at all the loads in the article is seems that for a loss of 2 inches of barrel it only equates to about 50 fps average, some only 10fps. Look at the 360gr load, only a 26fps difference. A guy should be able to launch that 360gr out of a 4 inch tube at 1100. Bottom line is that a 325-360gr hard cast lead .452 bullet at 1100-1300 fps out of any barrel will give the desired penetration, at least at self defense range. And at about 10,000 CUP less than a 44 mag.

    Here is an excerpt. The last two numbers are velocity, 7.5 tube first and 5.5 second.

    CPBC 265 LBT/26.0 GR. WW296 1" 1464 1380
    CPBC 325 LBT/21.0 GR. WW296 1" 1234 1205
    CPBC 335 LBT/21.0 GR. WW296 1 1/8" 1275 1201
    CPBC 360 LBT/19.5 GR. WW296 1 1/4" 1180 1154
    Any of those loads will go through a deer like butter at 100 yd's, I have not shot one farther but with the 335 gr and 21.5 gr of 296, I have shot through 16" trees. No need to worry what you shoot or where, they will give you new respect for the .45!

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    I thought you would like to see a tree. Upper was from my Vaquero .45. Notice a chunk is also missing from the grape vine. Lower was from a .475 Linebaugh. The tree is 16" in diameter.
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