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45 Long Colt Handloads

I just purchased a new Ruger Blackhawk Bisley in 45 Long Colt and plan on doing some handloads and wondered if anyone has experience with this cartridge. I am an experienced rifle handloader but this is my first pistol loading venture. Any tips, favorite brass, bullets, powders that do better than others?

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If you are just going to use

If you are just going to use it for plinking or target practice you can't go wrong with 8 grains of unique powder and a 250 grain semi-wadcutter at around 820 fps.  As far as cases it all depend on what you can find and at what price. 

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45 Long Colt

I sure hope you post what you come up with as I am needing all the info I can get on the 45 Long Colt. I just worked up a load for my Rossi Circuit Judge, I finally got em to group ok but it took a lot of trips to the range.

I'd offer ya my load but this gun is a whole different world than you Ruger.

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45 Long Colt handloads

Highflyer, sorry I forgot to add this, I was just thinking my load would not work for you but I just remembered that the last thing I did may help, and you may have a better idea yet.

I loaded my loads as perfectly as I could and tested 6 different loads until I got the tightest group, but still I got 2 or 3 shots right in the bulls eye and 2 or 3 out of the area all together.

Then I read this article on MD Smiths web page, his website was down last I checked, about the 45 LC cases being less than half full and how by pointing the muzzle up before each shot the powder falls back to the primer.

So I did this toilet paper thing they talked about, 1/4 sheet stuffed in the case on top of the powder, to keep the powder next to the primer. 15 loads as perfect as I could with toilet paper.

At the range, target 50 yards, I was not steady, wind blowing  target moved some, and fat guy next to me bumping the bench, and floaters in my eyes, I shot as carefull as I could, I noticed the bumphawter flew out like snow flakes. I shot all 15, got the target and went home just as happy as could be, butt wipe goes on the reloading bench. You may find better case filler idea's, if you do I am interested. I am going to try it on my 38's too.

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I have never tried toilet

I have never tried toilet paper in handguns I, just use fast powders. I also only shoot cast bullets. But in my 30-06 I've been shooting cast bullets and have used the toilet paper, 1/4 sheet. The snow is cool but confused me the first shot! What the H*ll! Now weather or not my accuracy improved, I don't know, never tried it without toilet paper. It bothered me that there was so much mty space in the rifle case so the toilet paper was used to hold the powder against the flash hole. The fastest powder I use with the 180gr cast bullet is Red Dot, doesn't take very much and it's like shooting a 22 RF. After that I use fairly fast rifle powder's, IMR 3031, IMR 4064 ect. Even with those rifle powders there's a lot of mty case so I use toilet paper there too.

I have never tried it with a handgun but now maybe I will. My handgun stuff works well the way it is, shoot's better than I can shoot a handgun!

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45 Long Colt handloads

But, But, mines not a hand gun. I know its new to everybody, a revolver with a 18.5"barrel,,sorta????

My bullet has to jump about 1.5 inches to the barrel lands, and the last 1.5" is just a smooth thread protector.

So I kinda view it like a revolver with a 15" barrel and a 3" cylendar.

I searched the web and all for weeks looking for loads for this animal, nobody loads for it.

So I got to pay the cost of testing. ANY input yall give me is welcome, but loads for a 6" barrel just don't do the same in a longer barrel, especially this animal.

I got it shooting very accurate, but now I want more distance and flatter trajectory, kinda sorta flat to 100 yards if I can.  Am I asking too much??? Is there a lead 200 Grain .452dia bullet out there????

Is 200 too light for 45LC?

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If you are looking at a

If you are looking at a lighter bullet then the lightest that I would go on the .45 would be a 225 grain one.  But if you plan on using it for hunting I would stick with the heavy weights just for retained energy once they get to the target. 

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Work loads up just a bit at a

Work loads up just a bit at a time, no more than ,2 grs. Watch carefully for pressure signs. Pressure looked different with handguns, when the cylinder locked you, I'd gone to far. That was with the few jacketed bullet's I have shot. Never did that with a cast bullet but they are normally quite a bit lwss velocity.

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