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  • Alaska hunting 45 Colt

    At 140 years old in old form and around 45 years old in new form. Today the 45 is the equal of the 44mag and does it with less pressure a bit fatter bullet and a little more bullet weight if wanted. Bullets in the 300/340 grain range work well on anything walking the earth. If you are not a handloader many outfits make fine hunting ammo for the 45colt. My 454 now days gets fed ten of the 45 to every one of the 454 and the 45colt is in the gun when hunting because I shoot it better,alot better.
    Now for the 1873 Colt/clones shooters these new 45colt rounds are not for your guns,you need a more modern SA. The good news with the better bullets out there and 1873 power you can still hunt deer and such and bring home meat if you know your limits out to about fifty yards.
    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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    This is why I like my Ruger Super Redhawk (Toklat) so much. To be able to load some plinkers and to load them all the way up to drop a Tyrannosaurus Rex. You never know when a T-Rex might jump out of the bushes. I also put that Ruger in a Diamond D chest holster. Not only is fine leather work, but so practical. Itís assessable and not in the way of a waist and chest strap of a pack. I highly recommend one for any one hiking or hunting. My significant other bought a ham for me on our anniversary, so that I could shot it with the 454. Sheís too cool. As soon as I can get my hands on some small magnum rifle primers, Iím going to load a 300gr HP and see if thereís anything left to feed the dog. LoL

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    • #3
      I have a 4" .45 Colt Redhawk that's mostly relegated to tent/sleeping bag security and on some occasions I wear it while conducting DLP investigations and need both hands free.

      Other than for some pipsqueak cowboy loads I ran through it when i first got it, it's all been factory or handloaded heavy hitters in the 325-335gr weight range.

      I would want a longer barrel to hunt with.
      Now what ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ASUS-DAG View Post
        This is why I like my Ruger Super Redhawk (Toklat) so much. To be able to load some plinkers and to load them all the way up to drop a Tyrannosaurus Rex. You never know when a T-Rex might jump out of the bushes. I also put that Ruger in a Diamond D chest holster. Not only is fine leather work, but so practical. Itís assessable and not in the way of a waist and chest strap of a pack. I highly recommend one for any one hiking or hunting. My significant other bought a ham for me on our anniversary, so that I could shot it with the 454. Sheís too cool. As soon as I can get my hands on some small magnum rifle primers, Iím going to load a 300gr HP and see if thereís anything left to feed the dog. LoL
        The round just calls for small rifle primmers not magnum small rifle.
        Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Amigo Will View Post
          At 140 years old in old form and around 45 years old in new form. Today the 45 is the equal of the 44mag and does it with less pressure a bit fatter bullet and a little more bullet weight if wanted. Bullets in the 300/340 grain range work well on anything walking the earth. If you are not a handloader many outfits make fine hunting ammo for the 45colt. My 454 now days gets fed ten of the 45 to every one of the 454 and the 45colt is in the gun when hunting because I shoot it better,alot better...
          I'm a "one load fits all" kind of guy....I like about 16.5 grains of VV-N110 under this 347 grain bullet:Click image for larger version

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          ...he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. ~Thomas Jefferson
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          • #6
            In a .45 Colt, I like 8.5gr. of Unique under a 300gr. cast BTB. CCI 300 primers.

            Gets me right at 900fps in a 5.5" barrel Redhawk.

            Super accurate too...................
            "The older I get, the better I was."

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            • #7
              As many other 45 Colt hunters, I have a heavy load, 355gr WFN at 1200fps. But, have any of you ever done any experiments with loads like these Linebaugh loads? I'm curious to know if the lighter faster load would give any distance advantage or disadvantage on deer sized game like sheep out past 100yds. Say out to 150ish. My current heavy load shoots excellent out to 117 which is all the further I've practiced at shooting a 9inch target.

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

              Starting Loads
              Maximum Loads
              Bullet Powder Grs. Vel. CUP Powder Grs. Vel. CUP
              260 cast H-110 25.5 1364 24,800 H-110 27 1459 30,600
              A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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              • #8
                Originally posted by iofthetaiga View Post
                I'm a "one load fits all" kind of guy....I like about 16.5 grains of VV-N110 under this 347 grain bullet:[ATTACH=CONFIG]77303[/ATTACH]. Other .45 loads need not apply.
                That load should be right at or a little less than 1,000fps from a 4" barrel - nice load.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JoeJ View Post
                  That load should be right at or a little less than 1,000fps from a 4" barrel - nice load.
                  Yup, it runs right at about 1100 from the 5 1/2" Blackhawk.
                  ...he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. ~Thomas Jefferson
                  I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~Gerry Spence
                  The last thing Alaska needs is another bigot. ~member Catch It

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                  • #10
                    When I was younger in my bigger better years 26.5gr. 296 under 340grHC crimped in the lower groove was the only round worth shooting unless the 27gr was needed.Some times old dogs just figure stuff out on their own and save powder to boot.
                    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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                    • #11
                      I am chronoing about 750-800fps muzzle loading Hodgdon 777 (size FFg) behind 270gr Keith Style bullets.

                      Not every 270gr Keith style bullet fits my New Vaquero cylinder, but I don't feel undergunned for interior sized bear.

                      Extraordinarily versatile platform, I can download to 230gr at 750fps to go play at steel targets with the 1911 owners, and up to Redhawk only loads in my Redhawk. I am very very happy I held out for a .45 Colt Redhawk. I am sure the .44M Redhawk is just as good a gun as my Redhawk, but the .45Colt is easily the more flexible cartridge.

                      Likewise, for the interior the 20k psi "tier II" loads developed for the New Vaquero and similar are quite a step up from the original 14k "tier I" spec.

                      Haven't shot a living thing with either of mine yet, but I don't leave home without one or the other.

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                      • #12
                        snyd,

                        How long is your barrel? I can't hit didley squat with my 4" redhawk - even plinker loads, but in the heavier loads I am really a terrible shot with it.

                        There is no way that I could hit a 9" plate at even 75 yards - even probably after burning a hundred rounds.

                        My heavy load is a 330 grain Brooks with a full house of H110 (I don't remember for sure the weight, but she is pushing 1250fps - I could go hotter, but it not even kind of fun to shoot).

                        When I bought the pistol, I bought 20 rounds of Buffalo Bore. I think they were like 45$ for the box. Printing on the box said 360 grains at 1450fps..... Ya - nobody can shoot those accurately after the first round out of my pistol. Very uncomfortable.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bullelkklr View Post
                          When I bought the pistol, I bought 20 rounds of Buffalo Bore. I think they were like 45$ for the box. Printing on the box said 360 grains at 1450fps..... Ya - nobody can shoot those accurately after the first round out of my pistol. Very uncomfortable.
                          The printing on the BB box I bought says 325 gr. @ 1325......and even those are hard for me to shoot......
                          Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bullelkklr View Post
                            snyd,

                            How long is your barrel? I can't hit didley squat with my 4" redhawk - even plinker loads, but in the heavier loads I am really a terrible shot with it.

                            There is no way that I could hit a 9" plate at even 75 yards - even probably after burning a hundred rounds.

                            My heavy load is a 330 grain Brooks with a full house of H110 (I don't remember for sure the weight, but she is pushing 1250fps - I could go hotter, but it not even kind of fun to shoot).

                            When I bought the pistol, I bought 20 rounds of Buffalo Bore. I think they were like 45$ for the box. Printing on the box said 360 grains at 1450fps..... Ya - nobody can shoot those accurately after the first round out of my pistol. Very uncomfortable.
                            If you shoot other handguns well it may be the problem is the chamber throats in your gun as it can make a big difference. Check out the sticky chamber reamer thread or have Andy Fields check out your gun.
                            Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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                            • #15
                              I wouldn't go so far as to say that I shoot other handguns 'well'..........

                              I will go back to the thread that you mention and read it again though.

                              Other people do not seem to have a problem out-shooting me with my redhawk though.......even light loads.

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