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Old 12-16-2010, 01:59 AM   #1
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Does anybody have a pet load for the 45 Colt (USFA SAA revolver)? I'm simply looking for an accurate load with mild to moderate recoil. Of course, I will confirm via reloading manuals. Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-16-2010, 03:13 AM   #2
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I have been shooting 45 colt for more than 30 years. Long before it was popular. In my Ruger I have found that 9.5 grains of SR 7625 under a 255 gr. Keith style bullet is the most accurate round I have ever run thru it. In the Lyman manual it is listed as an accuracy load. Also Lyman lists 9.7 gr. as max but given scales and powder measures are only accurate to within .1 gr. I always stay at least .2 grains under max. I have experimented with alot of different powders and always come back to this load. It chronographed from my 5.5 inch Ruger at 950 fps. If you are looking for one of those wimp cowboy action loads this isn't it but it is very managable to shoot. Accuracy wise we are talking about one ragged hole at 25 yards from my gun.

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Old 12-17-2010, 11:02 AM   #3
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Thanks, RJD. Great info and perspective.

Do you have a favorite bullet supplier or do you cast your own? I made my own 44 cal. Kieth's for years but would rather buy 'em in my old age. Recently I've used a lot of Laser-Cast 45's in ACP with good results.

Again, thanks for a nice reply to my request for help.

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there is place in ohio that makes them. I think this is still a good number but I don't have a way of checking it for you as I am out of the country at the moment. Tony Vance (937) 468-7713 Rushsylvania, OH 43347
the alloy is lyman #2 I think. I hunt and plink with this round. I've shot varmints and deer with it. It looks like what you get with the lyman mold 452424.

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h8dirt,

200 gr swc or 230 rn design cast bullets do well fueled by 8.5 gr of unique. velocity is in the 800-850 fps range and accuracy is excellent.

the swc would do a nice job for small game; round nose lyman 452374s shot ragged, one-hole, 5-shot groups for me at 50'.

any .45 cal laser cast will do nicely.

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I started at 8.2 grs. of Unique and worked up to 8.8 and stopped. At 8.5 the accuracy was excellent and very manageable. So I agree with the post above. One of these days I'll learn to stop when I hit an accurate load and leave it at that.

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I used to do that too Larry. Always wanted my 45 to go faster then I decided to buy a 44 mag and a 41 mag for speed. The 45 colt is still my favorite round after all these years. Sometimes older is better.

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I really like Titegroup in the 45 Colt. It is a very consitant powder no matter whether it is against the primer or the bullet. I use 7.0 behind a 200 grain swc. It is not even close to a max load. Not a cowboy either though. Super accurate.

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larry5081,

"One of these days I'll learn to stop when I hit an accurate load and leave it at that."

without us explorers where would human development be?

some things we have to investigate...i guess that's why these forums do so well.

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Does anybody have a pet load for the 45 Colt (USFA SAA revolver)? I'm simply looking for an accurate load with mild to moderate recoil. Of course, I will confirm via reloading manuals. Thanks in advance!
If your shooting a Colt SAA,I'd stay on the lower side of the power spectrum.They are not known for their ability to handle the higher powered loads that a heavier built revolver like a Ruger Vaquero will.
I have always liked to use Titegroup powder for several different calibers of handguns.It has always given me great results for mild to medium range loads.

You do need to be VERY careful with Titegroup though,it is very easy to double charge the cases if you don't pay close attention when loading your cases.
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