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    Default Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt velocity

    Anyone know the velocity on this load, give or take some?
    300 gr. LFN with GC and 22.5 grains W296
    Shooting of a Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt, 5 1/2" barrel, Starline brass, WLP
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    I would figure about 1250 - 1300 fps probably. I have a 310 grain Keith style SWC from a custom mould which according to my chronograph does 1200 fps using 21.0 grains of 296 from my 7.5" Redhawk.

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    4" Bisley Vaquero .45 Colt
    300 gr. LFNGC
    21.5 gr. W296
    CCI 350
    avg. 1153 FPS

    4" Bisley Vaquero .45 Colt
    300 gr. LFNGC
    22.0 gr. W296
    CCI 350
    avg. 1209 FPS

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    Default W296

    Is that a good all around powder for the colt? What about H110? I have some tite group - but can't find anything in Anchorage........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Is that a good all around powder for the colt? What about H110? I have some tite group - but can't find anything in Anchorage........
    H110 is identical to W296 now, so if you have a Redhawk in .45 Colt you can use the loads in this thread. Understand though--the loads listed in this thread are +P loads that are darn close to, if not firmly within .44 Mag pressures and if fired in a Colt SAA or clone, will destroy it and may tear you up a bit as well. However, in strong guns like the Ruger Redhawk and Blackhawk, H110, W296, Lil' Gun, and H4227 are all good powders.

    The classic load which will work in any modern .45 Colt revolver is about 8 grains of Unique with a 250 grain bullet. I much prefer 9 grains of Alliant Power Pistol though. You mention you have Titegroup, which seems to be pretty popular in the .45 Colt since it's supposed to work well in small amounts in large cases. I've never used Titegroup, but Hodgdon has their load data online at http://www.hodgdon.com so you should be able to find something there.

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    Default got it

    I downloaded the hogdon manual yesterday...

    too bad that Great Northern already sold all of the H4227 that they got in.........darn it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    I downloaded the hogdon manual yesterday...

    too bad that Great Northern already sold all of the H4227 that they got in.........darn it.....
    When I started reloading a short couple years ago , I couldnt find any H4227 and bought some IMR4227 instead I then found I couln't find any loads for My .454 using IMR 4227 ,but there were several around for H4227 ! I called Hodgdon and was told that the powders were now interchangable ! This would only aply to powder that is less than 2years old ! Call them and see ! Kevin

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    I bought 8 lbs. of IMR-4227 a couple of years ago just before it was discontinued. I've been very happy with accuracy in the loads I've used it in, but it's worth pointing out that it'll never win any velocity contests. H110/W296 always gives me better velocity, and I still get excellent accuracy.

    I probably should've mentioned in my earlier posts that 2400 is a good one for +P loads. This isn't really any surprise--basically any powder that works well for full power .44 magnum will work well for +P .45 Colt.


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    Default 2400 45 colt, 5 1/2" Redhawk

    Well, I found a pound of 2400.
    Now trying to get two loads between 1000 and 1050 fps.
    300 LFNGC
    335 LWNGC
    Anyone with a chrony and similar set up have any info?

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    I show 1109 fps for a 280 grain bullet (RCBS 45-270-SAA) over 19.0 grains of 2400. This was out of my 7.5" barrelled Redhawk. I'd start with 17 grains and work up to 18 or 18.5 maybe.

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