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Old December 1, 2002, 01:09 AM   #1
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45LC hunting load

What's a good hunting load(white-tailed deer) for 45LC in a strong Ruger modern SA handgun?
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Old December 1, 2002, 01:16 AM   #2
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Hello. Well, I had good luck with a 250 gr XTP over 8 gr. Unique.
This is not all that hot and your Ruger could certainly take the hotter loadings than the Mountain Gun I'm using in this caliber. I estimate it at somewhere around 900 ft/sec. Got complete penetration and got the deer with one shot so it did the trick. It's very pleasent to shoot as well and it does group well.

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Old December 1, 2002, 08:33 AM   #3
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More info there than you can imagine

I have several friends that have had excellent performance from XTP's, and several others that have had bullets blow apart. Dunno. My concern would be hitting a front shoulder.

If and when I get a deer with my Bisley, it will be a 255LSWC over 11.0 of AA5 (RUGER ONLY LOAD, listed in the AA reloading pamphlet). Same general burn range as Unique but significantly cleaner. This about duplicates Linebaugh's "favorite", shoots easy, and should give total penetration.
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Old December 1, 2002, 02:00 PM   #4
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Here is my .45 Colt, Ruger Blackhawk hunting load (on or over the edge for old Colts and Clones);
Win, R-P, or Starline cases.
18.5 grains of Hercules 2400 (lot #288) or Alliant 2400 (lot #710).
255 grain Lead SWC.
WLP or CCI300 primers.
Chrony's 1110 fps from my 5 1/2" Blackhawk using the above noted lots of 2400.
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Old December 1, 2002, 04:26 PM   #5
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The NG Bruce load is hard to beat. In truth a 250-260 Keith at 900 fps will kill any deer I've seen.
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Old December 1, 2002, 05:30 PM   #6
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Here's a few loads for ya:

These are Ruger only loads, be safe!!

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Old December 1, 2002, 07:19 PM   #7
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Starline new cases; W296; Magnum primers (I prefer both the CCI350 and Federal 155's); 300g XTP-HP, Swift 325g A-Frame, 300-335g cast bullets from Beartooth, Cast Performance, Dry Creek; serious time with components, patience, thorough understanding, and chronograph.

Of course, I also think a 255g Keith from Dry Creek @ 1000fps is fine for deer
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Old December 1, 2002, 11:13 PM   #8
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In my Ruger Bisley I use 9 grains of Unique and a 250 grain hard cast round nose flatpoint. Groups about 1.5 inches at 25 yards and chronos about 970 fps. Just right.
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Old December 2, 2002, 02:23 AM   #9
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Several nice loads above - - -

I've used some fairly heavy loads in a Ruger 7.5 in Blackhawk with 275 cast SWCs, and they worked well. After a few whitetail deer, I decided that the only reason for such heavy loads is to flatten out the trajectory.

I backed down to 8 to 9 grains of Unique or H. Universal for use in N-frame S&Ws and Colt SAs. W231 is another good powder, but I think I get better accuracy from Unique.

I am fond of the XTP bullets in other calibers, but in .45 Colt, I think the hard cast SWC bullets are just as good. Better, in fact, if you're in an area where you might get crossways with a bear or a range bull.

Jerry Stordahl, I've shot a lot of LRNFP bullets in .45 C, and got good results with them. I believe,though, that the SWC has somewhat better results on game animals. Cuts bigger holes, in and out, and they are generally just as accurate, all else being equal.

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Old December 2, 2002, 09:05 PM   #10
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45LC Hunting load

Many thanks to you all, I think my question has been answered. I was looking for 1000 fps. with 250gr. XTP, but I may go with the hard cast lead SWC. Again, thanks.
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Old December 2, 2002, 09:45 PM   #11
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W-W case; Federal 150; 250g XTP-HP; OAL 1.585"+/-.005"; 10.5g Universal Clays.
Good heavy crimp.

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