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Old 10-26-2016, 05:57 PM
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Too much nitpicking going on here.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:08 AM
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baddad 457, Up to the 44's, I'd say you are correct. However, the 45's, both 45 acp and 45 Colt, have awfully thin cylinder walls. I always stop when I cook up a new 45 Colt load, to make sure I've not created a Kaboom by mistake. And loading for the New Model Blackhawks, while having Colt sized revolvers, laying around, is something I do not want to suggest. Not even for the new mid-sized Ruger Blackhawk 45's. I've had to deal with some really hot 45 Colt loads, from my late brother's estate.

I sold his tuned up New Model Blackhawk over GunBroker, but not any of his hand loaded ammo. I couldn't know for sure which ones' were really hot, so out they went, before they could make a Kaboom in my weaker 1858 Remmie converter 45 Colt.

Freedom Arms gave me a 45 Colt +P load for their 300 gr. jacketed bullets, which run at 20,000, C.U.P. Jacketed slugs are easy to isolate, but lead ones can be loaded up just as hot. I got some of these 300 gr. F. A.'s, back from my brother's stash, but it was only because he thought that they were too anemic, to bother with shooting them!
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Old 10-30-2016, 02:32 PM
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Factory lead loads for the. 45 Colt can be closely approximated with #454190 cast 50-50 wheelweights and plumber's lead, with 6.5 grains of Bullseye. Shoots to the fixed sights of original Colt's and effective.
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Old 10-30-2016, 03:25 PM
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I think that you just made my point

Outpost 75, The heaviest load I've even tried in my 1858 Remmie, 45 Colt converter, is 6.2 grains of TiteGroup, ( Bullseye 23 in non canister lots), under a 200 gr. Lyman #2 alloy cast bullet. Your load probably wouldn't be outright dangerous, but it would severely stress my SS 1858 Converter revolver.

I've backed off of that 6.2 gr. TiteGroup load, and have gone to using a much heavier bullet, ( 265gr. ) to bring my sight picture into my line of fire, with reloads. The Federal Champion 225 LSWCHP factory ammo is still the best, I've tried to date.

Note that while I can still drop in my C & B cylinder and use B.P. or substitutes, with it. I cannot use these with my very tightly fitted ( Taylor's & Co.'s G.S. ) converter cylinder. But this one is on me, as I requested my converter to be fitted as tightly as possible.

Plus I have my reloading bullets sized down to 0.451", which is still a bit too tight, for my .450" barrel. Some Lee .450 C & B Conicals made for these 1858's, slip right on through my sizing die, but still swage into my C & B's chamber throats. I do use a wonder wad under them, along with 27 grs. of B.P., or Pyrodex P equivalent, by dipper volume.

You have to also account for the many open framed Colt derived converter revolvers, in 45 Colt, which are even more fragile than my SS 1858's solid framed piece.
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:15 PM
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I have tried HP-38, Unique, Clays, and Bullseye, and a couple others I have forgotten, but I get my best accuracy believe it or not with Trailboss!
I shoot a hard cast 200 gr bullet with the 5..5 gr of Trailboss. for Cowboy.

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Old 02-06-2017, 03:10 PM
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I also like unique, but when i can't find it i use imr 700x
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Pappy1 View Post
I am a little confused here, I thought I was asking for info on reloading for a 45 Caliber Colt. Any how I am so confused now, I don't even know if I own a 45LC, 45 Long colt, 45 APC, 45 auto or a 1911. Lol.

Haha you own a 45 colt which is the same as a 45 long colt.
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:03 PM
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PaFrank; Those of us tied to fixed sights, need something closer to 250 grs. for them to line up. Those of us with Converter cylinders in the 45 Colt, cannot let the pressures get up to the full factory loads. So a few others here, and I have been working towards heavy weight, 270+ grs. slugs at very moderate velocities. I have found that 500 fps, will let my barrel whip skywards enough to place the bullets on the bullseye, at 25 yards.

I've reckoned that 270 or so grains of lead over a few grains of Nitro powder, equals the muzzle whip of a 250 gr. lead bullet over 36+ grs. of B.P.

Last edited by carpooler; 03-19-2017 at 07:16 PM. Reason: heavy weight slugs
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