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Old 02-16-2016, 07:27 AM
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I just purchased a Ruger Vaquero in a 45 long colt. I also plan of reloading some lead rounds for it. I just cast some lead bullets 230 grain for plinking. I don't plan on any competitions shooting. So I thought the 230 grain would be a good round. Saving a little on lead by not going to the 255 grain. My question is what is the most available powder for loading the Colt 45. I am a big fan of unique but there are other powders out there like Trail boss, Red dot and many more. Any suggestions before I drop a dime on some more gun powder.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:41 AM
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:05 AM
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Pappy1: Unique and Win 231 works very well for me. I have been loading 45LC`s for the last 45 years. I prefer a 250gr to 255gr Hard Cast LRNFP Bullet. For both Hand Guns and Rifles. You don`t have to hot load a 45LC. To get it to work for You. A 45LC is one of my favorite`s, to shoot and reload for.
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Old 02-16-2016, 12:07 PM
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Unique lives up to its name in most any mild to medium revolver loads.

The only problem you may have with those 230 grain bullets is getting them regulated with the sights.

If you want to look smarter than most other shooters, call it a .45 Colt. Not 45 Long Colt or 45 LC.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:46 AM
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I know everyone likes the quicker powders, but think about this. Six 2400 loads fired quickly, won't heat up your cylinder nearly as much as six fired off with Unique, or other fast powders. I ran into this with a S&W M-58 41 Magnum, back in Hawaii, at the Koko Head gun range. It was always in the Eighties, over there. 2400 is dirtier, but it distributes out the heat much better. I always felt that there is less wear and tear with 2400, under a lead slug.
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Old 02-17-2016, 02:12 PM
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I agree with raymeketa. Unique is great in the .45 Colt. I've never found anything better than 8.0-8.5 grains of Unique and bullets of 230-255 grains. And PLEASE, I wish people would quit referring to the cartridge as the 45 Long Colt. It's .45 Colt.
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:46 PM
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I use the Hornady FTX 225 grain bullet and Hodgdon HS-6 powder. I love the FTX bullet.
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:06 PM
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Never burnt nothing but TrailBoss in the 45 Colt.
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I agree with raymeketa. Unique is great in the .45 Colt. I've never found anything better than 8.0-8.5 grains of Unique and bullets of 230-255 grains. And PLEASE, I wish people would quit referring to the cartridge as the 45 Long Colt. It's .45 Colt.
Ditto that! I shoot 8.0 gr. of Unique with 250 gr. bullets cast from my Lyman #452664 bullet mold. Also, regardless of what's printed on the cartridge box, if you look at the headstamp it will say .45 Colt.
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I call it .45 Colt, but Paco Kelly is right, there is/was a .45 Short Colt and at the time the .45 Colt was referred to as the .45 Long Colt. Why do people care? It is clear what is intended. I could care less what it is called, works either way for me. Gun owners are not the most erudite group going out the gate, so nit-picking on this is absurd. Got me a new high capacity "clip" for my Glock. Asking for load data without know what powder you have will be useless. I have a lot of powder stored up. Sounds like you want to do some plinking. I use Red Dot/Promo, Unique, Blue Dot, and 2400. Also have a boat load of BR-5 from Jeff Bartlett which is a great deal and in stock. You can use Unique data for it. Red Dot/Promo is a great way to go, if you can find it.
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I call it .45 Colt, but Paco Kelly is right, there is/was a .45 Short Colt and at the time the .45 Colt was referred to as the .45 Long Colt. Why do people care? It is clear what is intended. I could care less what it is called, works either way for me. Gun owners are not the most erudite group going out the gate, so nit-picking on this is absurd.. . .
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There was never a cartridge called a 45 Short Colt. You are probably referring to the 45 S&W. It was often called a Short Colt, informally by shooters who were familiar with both cartridges. I'm an old guy and I did it too.

You are right. It is nit picking. But, that's what the Internet and Forums are all about. Plus, it is never a bad thing to at least attempt to correct the record.

And, I consider myself erudite on some subjects, as many of us are.
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Well I am now looking for some more reloading info. My Lee casting mold took a dump. So I ordered a Layman 45LC caliber 255 grain mold. I am having a hard time finding reloading info in my books since some are old like me. Does any body reload this round in 45LC, 255 grain lead bullet.
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"There was never a cartridge called a 45 Short Colt."

I disagree. I am with Paco on this, but I use .45 Colt and have no problem with .45 Long Colt.

"Those that voraciously disagree with the word ‘LONG’ in the phrase 45 Long Colt............don’t e-mail me.....my spiritual brother (for almost a lifetime), and dear friend, John Taffin, has been trying to change my position for decades....and John may be correct, as all of you may. But in this, I am unrepentant...why? Because among other reasons, I have a full box of 45 Short Colt ammo produced in 1883 and that got me to really investigate! Not Schofield...but “45 Short Colt” Ammunition.....(230 grain bullet/hollow base/28 grains B.P.) People back then called them LONG or SHORT Colts when making purchases......so do I today."
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I'd like to see a photo of that 1883 box of "45 Short Colt" ammo. I am a cartridge collector and have never seen one.

Who is Paco Kelly?

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Pappy, any tested recipe you find listed under .45 Colt will be compatible with .45 LC cases.
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"Who is Paco Kelly?"

Someone I respect and admire. Been around a long time. This is his forum:
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I'd like to see a photo of that 1883 box of "45 Short Colt" ammo. I am a cartridge collector and have never seen one.
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^^^ Contact him and ask. He does not have a reputation as being untruthful, but he do red-line his loads, and then some. Really like that guy.
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I emailed him at the only address I could find on the site that you linked to. It was returned as being an invalid address.

Got a current email address?

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Old 02-20-2016, 08:58 AM
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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.
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