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· The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
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For the .45 Colt Smith's, try about 20 gr. of 296/H110 with 300 gr. CAST bullets.

This should yield between 1,000 and 1,100 fps.

Will be tolerable, at least a cylinder or two at a time, and shouldn't hurt the gun.  Frankly, if you had to fire more than 50 of these loads in that gun for the rest of your life, you might reconsider your choice of sidearm.

I wouldn't make it a daily habit to fire these but you'll be glad to have them in the field should Mr. Bear come along.  Also beats the snot out of a .22 mag for moose hunting... but you knew that.

Sounds like fun.  I've shot a Smith with 255 gr. SWC's at 1,000 fps and wouldn't want to shoot a whole lot of 300 gr. bullets in one.

One caveat - if you are carrying this in really cold weather, I'd personally switch to H4227 or something that would not be as temperature sensitive as the ball powders can be.
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