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 Post subject: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:53 am 
Bearcat

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Question for you handgun hunters. I want to try deer hunting with my Old Model 45. Which is a better bullet for whitetail deer a 255 grain swc or 225 jhp. Our deer down here average 120 pounds. Shots will be less than 25 yards.


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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:27 am 
Buckeye

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Personally I use a heaver bullet but imnsho either of your choices coupled with a stout load of H110, 296, or 2400 will do all you want it to do.

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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:29 am 
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Of the two I would use the 255 gr swc. Good penetration on deer and brush.
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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:15 am 
Blackhawk

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At that range I'd be perfectly happy with which load shot the best.
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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:27 pm 
Single-Sixer

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250 gr. xtp is a good one.


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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:29 pm 
Hawkeye

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I'm with Tom. Either one of those bullets should do the job, for sure on a smallish deer like that. You don't actually say what your load is. I like heavier bullet's but it just isn't necessary on that size animal, so I'd be happy with either bullet that shoots well for you. Might want to push it some so you get a relatively flat trajectory. Practice out to 50 yards. Get good at that and 25 will be a chip shot when it comes up, but if you don't want to pass on a nice buck at 50 you are prepared.

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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:02 pm 
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I'm prepping for an elk hunt this fall using a 45 Colt. I was supposed to go last year,, but plans changed at the last minute.
I'm using a cast SWC, a little heavier, (280 grn,) moving in the 1100 fps range. My plans say I'll be good out to 125-150 yds max.
With your Fl. deer, either bullet will be fine,, especially at shorter ranges.

May I suggest you find a good, accurate load & work hard at a lot of practice. And, as noted,, plan for longer than you expect. So,, if the expenses are an issue,, quite often the nod will go to a cast bullet due to their lower cost to purchase.

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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:20 pm 
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Bear Paw, with the 255 grain swc I am going to use 9 grains of unique powder. Do you think 9 grains is enough? I haven't looked into a charge for the 225 jhp yet


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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:36 pm 
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That load will probably net you 900-1000fps with a 255 swc and will give you 2 holes for short, easy tracking.

Shouldn't be unpleasant to shoot either. You may ho up or down a few tenths of a grain to get best accuracy in your particular gun


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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:15 pm 
Hawkeye

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Fla Trooper 265 wrote:
Bear Paw, with the 255 grain swc I am going to use 9 grains of unique powder. Do you think 9 grains is enough? I haven't looked into a charge for the 225 jhp yet


Just from memory, but I think that's max for that weight bullet. I think it will do just fine for you. Should handle a double lunger and leave a good blood trail for you.

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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:26 am 
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A 255, 225, 200...... over 9 grains Unique will probably penetrate a Fla. deer from end to end. Unless you have an extra tag, don't shoot a deer that has another standing behind it.

Enjoy hunting with your BH.


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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:18 am 
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I would definitely use a plain SWC. I've shot two deer and a sow with hollowpoints (SWCHP's) and neither bullet exited on broadside shots on animals that weren't exactly huge. I like the security of increased penetration from non-expanding bullets.

As someone else mentioned practice a lot. If you get good at 50, 25 yds. will be super easy. It's very important that you practice from the shooting position from which you'll hunt. Just shooting from a bench won't do.

Your load will be fine. Without going to the shop and grabbing my load log, I believe that's a little over 900 fps load, depending on barrel length.


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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:03 pm 
Bearcat

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Thanks for all the help. I am going with the 255 grain swc.


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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:10 pm 
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I used a NOE 454-265 with 11gr of HS6/ and shot a 1000lbs Longhorn. The bullets passed thru the ribs and fell on the floor as we skin it! I would use the 255 load and go kill deer! Good luck and have fun!

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 Post subject: Re: 45 Colt deer loads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:57 am 
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Actually have two either will do the same job and blow a 1/2" hole clear thru any deer, whitetail or mule. I prefer the 250 grain for these smaller big game size animals.
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The 340 with the same nose profile will work just as well but kinda over kill at the very least. The 250's are noticeably milder to shoot, at nearly 1250 fps, where as the 340 are closer to 1150 fps.
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