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Old September 19, 2005, 10:15 PM   #1
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45 Colt for deer...effective range?

What would the best range (accuracy and punch wise) for deer be with this round (45 colt?). Looking to get a ruger redhawk stainless with scope mount for deer. Any really good strong, modern loads for this? How about this....looks to have 44 mag. type energy.

Would this be excessive in wearing the gun. The Redhawk will stand up to it, correct? Most of the rest of the time I will shoot standard loads, but these for hunting.
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Old September 19, 2005, 10:24 PM   #2
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The closer the better. The max range is up to your ability which you must define beforehand.
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Old September 19, 2005, 10:37 PM   #3
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Basically, I am looking for the potential of getting magnum performance out of a modern 45 Colt revolver (ruger stainless redhawk) and want to know if a load such as the one in the link puts this round in 44 magnum or similar performance and if the revolver can handle it....I am assuming it can because the rugers are also chambered in 44 maga nd 454 casull.
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Old September 19, 2005, 11:08 PM   #4
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That gun with glass and a "ruger only" load should be good to 150 yards.

Are you up to the task however? Long range magnum work is fun, but it takes practice. A LOT of practice.

Darn- another excuse to shoot some more.
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Old September 20, 2005, 10:39 AM   #5
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An iron sighted .45 Colt with stout loads should be good out to 50 yd if the shooter is up to it. I never really saw the point of scoped handguns.
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Old September 20, 2005, 11:13 AM   #6
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I have both a Ruger Redhawk and a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 colt, and both have held up nicely over the years to "Ruger" handloads that equal or exceed power levels of the .44 magnum.

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Old September 24, 2005, 08:38 AM   #7
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MY 5.5" 45 Colt Redhawk will be effective as far as I can see.............(I don't see so good no more)

See, ya take yer 335g bullet, jam it on toppa bunches of W296, crimp the snot outta it, put on muffs over earplugs, xclose yer eyes and yank the trigger. That bullet should fly about 60 miles before it loses its kinetic crushforce. Well, maybe 400 yds, but you get my point?

Remeber reading of 255g lead launched fairly sedately punching holes through log cabin wall at 700 yds...........
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Old September 24, 2005, 11:21 AM   #8
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50-75 yds

I would agree with Webley and thinks it's adequate to this range. I would feel comfortable using it.
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Old September 24, 2005, 05:15 PM   #9
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For deer, I would say the round is o.k. up to 100 yards. The question is are you?
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Old September 24, 2005, 07:08 PM   #10
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Why not just get a 454 Casull Super Redhawk and shoot 45LC or 454's in it? or a 460 S&W and have the capability to shoot 460's, 454's, or 45LC in it?
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Old September 24, 2005, 08:45 PM   #11
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energy calculator

Rifles are sosposed to be at about 900 Foot-pounds of force to kill a deer, not sure about handguns, probably the same.
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Old September 25, 2005, 08:33 PM   #12
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Max 45LC Range

Used Ruger 7.5" blackhawk, used 250gr Siera over 15.8 gr Blue Dot, determined that max range was 75 yds, This was where I could not keep five shot consistently on a picnic plate, off-hand..
You must determine this and practise. then you can attempt longer ranges.
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Old September 26, 2005, 06:30 AM   #13
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Jroth, well said. You could not be more correct. That is the ONLY way to determine what YOUR maximum evvective range is. The better you can hold, the longer the range at which you can shoot. If you can't keep them all in a pie plate, you are too far away.
If compared with a rifle, any revolver is "underpowered". Accurate placement is really all that counts. Since you can't kill 'em with a bad hit with a rifle, you sure as h*** can't with a handgun.
Personally, I don't think remaining energy means too much. If the slug is put through the lungs, the deer is going down. I don't think that whether it's going 700 fps or 1200 fps at the time makes too much difference. I have taken deer with just about everything from a .38 Spl. to a .454 Casull. I have never lost a deer that was hit in the lungs.
Just my experience, I am no expert.
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