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45 Colt for pigs?

Hey all,
I own a winchester 73 reproduction in 45 Colt. I have been seriously considering taking it instead of my 338. A bolt on my first pig hunt as the idea of hunting with a Historical reproduction just appeals to me. The average range (I am told) we will be shooting at will be less than a hundred yards and in thick cover. I realize the range will have to be about 75 yards or less. Is the 45 Colt adequate for this or should I stick with the 338? In addition is the Winchester73 action strong enough for hunting loads such as the Cor Bon stuff? Anyone knoweledgable in this area?

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45 Colt for pigs?

As far as I know there a few manufacturers out there producing reproduction '73 winchesters, some of them are rated for +P and Cor Bon type loads others aren't. I'd have to recomend you check with the manufacturer or a gunsmith.

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45 Colt for pigs?

Who has produced the Winchester 73?
I would use the Hornady Leverevolution for this hunt. I think at these short ranges the .45 colt will be good medecin for hogs when the sho is right placed. Be aware of the different body and location of the vitals of a hog compared to a deer.

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45 Colt for pigs?

I have used the 45 Colt to shoot pigs and it performed very well with the PROPER ammunition. DO NOT use cowboy loads. They are not powerful enough! I am sceptical of the LeverEvolution load as well, because of the thickness of the gristle shield boars have around the vital area. The load that I used was from Buffalo Bore. Check that this load is approved for use in your rifle, it is hot. I used it in a Ruger handgun.

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45 Colt for pigs?

Thanks for the input all. I ask about the loads because the 73 action is notoriously weak. Some modern hunting loads may be too much for it. Trouble is I dont know which. The gun is of Uberti manufacture. Most of the reproductions are made by this firm regardless of who imports or sells them. In addition they are faifhful copies of the originals so if the winchester could handle something I see no reason these repro's couldn't. Thanks again if anyone knows.

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45 Colt for pigs?

The Uberti will stand the higher loads because it has CIP-proofment. With the Leverevolution or generaly with any shortarm ammo gun I never would shoot at the harder area of a boar. Study where the vitals are and place your shot there. Normally a shot behind the shoulder blade in the boilerroom with the Leverevolution will do it.

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The same goes for pigs to! Pork roast for dinner tonight!

If a .45 acp is a man stopper, then for sure a modern day .45 long colt is an adequate deer stopper! Especially when you take into consideration that today's modern .45 long colts, custom loaded, rival the ballistics of a .44 Magnum! Bow and arrow? Yes! Black powder 45? Yes! .45 long colt? Bet your boots yes! Come on! Millions of deer have been taken with way less than a modern day long colt .45, give me a nice 45 big bore, a nice hollow point bullet movin out at 1100+ fps, and a nice clear short range shot, that is well placed, and we are definately havin venison for dinner tonight! To answer your question, YES a .45 long colt is a great round for short range North American Deer hunting!

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