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· The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
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Nice article and pictures!  I never thought about the Redhawk being a good alternative to the custom 5-shooters, but it makes sense.

Jack... beg, borrow, or steal a copy of Hodgdon #26 loading manual.  It is the bible for .45 Colt shooters in modern handguns.  Their loads go up to 30,000CUP, which is generally acknowledged as a reasonable limit for the .45 Colt in a Blackhawk.

The Redhawk is a beefier gun, as the article notes, but data for it is scarce.

Personally in my Bisley Blackhawk I run the 300 WFNGC's at just over 1200 fps (not really max), some 340gr custom flat-nosed bullets at about 1150fps, and I don't mess with the 255-260gr bullets for hot loads.  Too hard to get reasonable velocity spreads with the light bullets.

It does sound like you have a little room to grow on your loads.  Good luck.
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