Legal for deer hunting?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by rp50817, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. rp50817

    rp50817 New Member

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    I have a.45 caliber single action revolver made by A. Uberti. It is an 1873 model. My ammunition is Winchester Super X 45 Colt 225 Gr. Silvertip HP. Is it legal for deer hunting in Nebraska? There seems to be some disagreement regarding its muzzle velocity. I know it would drop a deer at 30-40 yards easily. I called the Department of Natural Resources and the person I spoke to told me it was legal, but he did not verify his opinion. How would you advise me? Use it, don't use it, or seek another opinion from an agency official? The person I spoke to said the game warden "does not use a chronograph anyway."
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, Nebraska requires a handgun be able to deliver 400 ft lbs at 50 yards. I don't think you have that. Winchester lists the specs on that ammo at 920 fps. That gives you a MUZZLE energy of about 423 ft lbs. I think it will shed more than 23 ft lbs at 50 yards.

    Would it stop a deer? Bullet in the right place, probably. It is legal? Don't think so. And not that you asked me, but for deer (I use a LOOOOONG barreled 357) I do not use HP ammo, but the heaviest hard cast solid I can load.
     

  3. rp50817

    rp50817 New Member

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    Thanks for the great advice

    I appreciate the many good answers from Forum members regarding whether my revolver is legal for deer hunting in Nebraska.
     
  4. RMc

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    Double Tap 255 SWC

    DoubleTap Ammunition

    Caliber : .45 Colt Standard Pressure Load
    Bullet : 255gr. Keith-Style SWC Hardcast
    Ballistics : 950fps - 511 ft./lbs. - 7.5" bbl.
     
  5. rp50817

    rp50817 New Member

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    Yes sir. Excellent recommendation.
     
  6. RMc

    RMc Member

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    More information


    Energy: 400 foot-pounds for a 255 grain bullet at 840 fps.
     
  7. FreedomFighter69

    FreedomFighter69 New Member

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    How far away will you most likely be when you attempt to shoot the deer ?
    511 lbs is at the muzzle with that ammo. Unless your hand loading with the 45 Long Colt, I wouldn't hunt with it ! There's not enough energy transfer to take a deer with one shot. Your better off with a 44 Mag or 454 Casull. After 25 yards the bullet energy starts to drop a lot faster. You want something that's going to hit with a muzzle energy of at least 500 lbs at contact with the target.
    Remington UMC line 44 Magnum 180 grain has a muzzle velocity of 1610 fps and a muzzle energy of 1036. At 50 yards it's at 745, and at 100 yards 551. This would be optimum ! The 45 Long Colt unless hand loaded just don't have it.
    I would hate to see you have to put 3 or 4 shots into your deer.
     
  8. RMc

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    50 Yards.

    This was for the Double Tap load at 50 yards. That big flat nose hard cast bullet will punch a half inch hole completely through any deer.
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  9. bigtiller

    bigtiller New Member

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    Can the OP's Uberty handle these high pressures?
     
  10. RMc

    RMc Member

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    Standard Pressure means within SAAMI specs.

    The Winchester Super X 45 Colt 225 Gr. Silvertip HP is a standard pressure load.

    The Double Tap 255gr. Keith-Style SWC Hardcast standard pressure load is also a standard pressure load!