View Full Version : 45 Cowboy vs 44BP

December 18, 2010, 10:35 AM
Just thought I'd get some thoughts on this. Aside from issues involved with black powder such as flame and sparks what would be your preference, a 44 round ball over black powder or a 45 cowboy cartridge? Think two-legged threat here.

I know that the soft lead ball is pretty deadly but 250 grns is nothing to sneeze at either

December 18, 2010, 01:09 PM

December 18, 2010, 06:34 PM
See'n as how Cowboy loads are pretty weak to limit recoil, I'd think 35g in a Remie bp would be as deadly. However, if you want to go top of the line bp, then a Walker w/ 60g fff has about the same capabilities as a .357 magnum.

December 18, 2010, 06:54 PM
If by "cowboy cartridge" you mean a .45LC at it capacity, then the cartridge. If you had in mind some pipsqueak reenactment loads, then I'd go with my BP percussion; but, I'd cheat and load conicals, not balls.

December 18, 2010, 07:05 PM
Yeah I meant the cowboy action stuff, the kind of loads you'd put in a conversion cylinder

December 18, 2010, 07:44 PM
750 fps with a 250 gr. conical is nothing to sneeze at. I would have no qualms about using a c&b revolver for defense but it's not for everybody and I wouldn't do it if I had my druthers.

December 18, 2010, 07:44 PM
I'd go cartridge given a choice.

joe sixgun
December 19, 2010, 09:25 PM
I figure either way the smoke and fire of the Holy Black will give the 2 legged subject a heart attack even if I miss LOL LOL!

December 19, 2010, 09:45 PM
I think stlm1 has the right idea - go with a Walker - heck, if you miss with all your shots, you can hit 'em with it! That's one big piece of iron! :D

December 24, 2010, 06:26 AM
id go with cartridge