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Old 02-15-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default The right ammo for 45 colt

Need help. Just bought a Uberti 1873 Cattleman Hombre 45 Colt revolver. Am a little confused as to the right ammo for it. I'll be using it for home defense and plinking. Anyone have advice for me? Thanks, Bernie

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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Any store that carries ammo will stock .45 ACP, but many will not stock .45 Colt, which is the round you need. The image below shows the .45 Colt on the left (often called .45 Long Colt) and the .45 ACP on the right (often called .45 Auto). If you have only one round to look at, the most distinguishing characteristic is that the .45 Colt has a rim that's a little bigger around than the case. That's what lets you load it in a revolver without the round falling out through the cylinder.

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Standard lead ammo will do just fine for both ! Don't let the bs hollow point preachers tell u different , the 45 put many bad ass cowboys in the dirt before the hollow point was ever thought about ! And remember if it makes a hole it will kill and the bigger the hole the better.....
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I would try that new Hornady critical defense stuff,they came out with that in 44 sl and 45LC not that long ago.
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Just about any ammo for a 45 Colt will work in your rifle.Most factory ammo is loaded for CASS shooting,but there are several that offer home defense type loads.
Just about any 250gr lead bullet will stop even the biggest badass in a 45 Colt.

You'll enjoy shooting your Uberti.I have an 1873 24" rifle also.
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Hornady critical looks great haven't fired any yet but you can't go wrong with Hornady
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Default The Cartridge is called .45 Colt

Bernie, for general shooting and Cowboy matches, the 'cowboy ammo' loading will do you just fine. I think you mentioned in another thread you have other pistols for self-defense, so it shouldn't be an issue.

At the same time, .45 Colt is no slouch in usable horsepower. The Hornady ammunition for defense will probably do it proud. It's got more sand than a lot of 9x19 loads.

AND, this revolver may convince you to start reloading. Store bought ammo costs too much for 'fun' shooting, which this will be.

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