HSM .45 Colt

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haymaker

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I'm having trouble finding load data for HSM .45 Colt 250 grain LRNFP hardcast bullets. I have a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .45 convertible and a Smith and Wesson Governor. I would like to load some Ruger only loads for the Blackhawk but I also want loads that are suitable for the Governor.
 

Poco Oso

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Most LRNFP recipes should work with those.
From HSM...
http://thehuntingshack.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Load-Data-ALL.pdf
Try here for data...
http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/pistol
or here...
http://www.reloadammo.com/45cload.htm

Got loading manuals? If not, do yourself a favor and get a few. Good shootin' to ya. :D
 

haymaker

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Thanks for the links. I have reloading manuals from Lyman, Hornady, Speer, and Sierra but loads in .45 Colt for that particular type and weight bullet are hard to find.
 

dougader

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Your Lyman manual has data for 250 grain rnfp bullets, Lyman #452664.

All the manuals you listed have "Ruger Only" data for their bullets; Lyman has some too, and while it's not exactly the same bullet, you can review that data and get an idea of where to start with your load workup.

I load a Beartooth 255 grain RNFP with 13 grains Blue Dot (taken from Speer #13 with their 260 grain jhp data) and get about 1000 fps from my 3-3/4" Montado.

I don't keep max pressure "Ruger Only" loads around anymore as I don't have a large frame Ruger in 45 Colt now. I sold them off along with my 454's and went to the 480 Ruger for big chores. But when I did, I only loaded "RO" loads in Starline brass. ALL of my low pressure loads for my Montado was with nickel plated Starline or WW brass cases.

The point I'm making is you need to have a fool proof standard rule that you never break to make darn sure your RO loads don't accidently get loaded into your S&W Governor.
 

haymaker

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Thanks for the advice. My Ruger only loads will be clearly marked so I don't get them confused. I wouldn't want to blow up the Governor. The weight of the Governor makes it easy to pack but I never shoot 410's. I'm tempted to trade it for a .45 Colt Redhawk.
 

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