What is your favorite .45 Colt Load

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Bucks Owin

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Been out of the loop for awhile so....

A decade ago my favorites in my .45 Blackhawk were:

Green Dot for std vel 250 gr cast
W296 for full boogie Linebaugh style with heavier bullets.
SR 4759 for everything else in the 900 - 1,200 fps range cast bullets

I've shot plenty of .44 mag rivals in my .45 but have decided I like the 275-325 gr hard cast at 900-1,100 fps range. I'm not into self abuse with my favorite handgun caliber... 😉

PS My 4759 is nearly gone and hard to find...
 

JCK

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9.8gr of LongShot. Lee 255gr RFN or;
270gr RCBS SAA mold. Mine casts to 275gr.
Runs about 980fps.
My .45lc is a S&W 625 Mountain Gun. This charge is sufficient to obturate Starline brass preventing blow-by of powder and lube. According to Brian Pierce, you can go as high as 11.2, but that really kicks, and seems a little over-the-top for my uses.

4.0 Clays under a Lee (H&G style) 200gr SWC IS VERY accurate and mild!
I tumble lube and load as cast in my revolver. For a M1911 .45acp, I size to .452”. (Use Magtech CBC brass... thinnest).
 

Hvymax

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I'm thinking 15-16gr H110 behind a 250gr jhp for the Bond Arms. Little hot but these things can handle magnums.
 

seasterl

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Any suggestions for 265gr cast in low pressure (14,000psi), medium pressure (for S&W 25-5), and for higher pressure (“Ruger-only” loads)? I’ve struggled to find much and only have a couple loads compliments of the guys at Cast Performance.
 

BBarn

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Lately I've been messing with Clean Shot under a Berry's 230 gr plated RN with reasonably good results. Ive also had decent results with Red Dot and coated cast bullets, and with W231 with JHPs.
 

The Norseman

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My S&W 625-6 (45 Colt) Mountain Gun 4" bbl,
is good with;
45Colt. 250gr Lead/Red Dot 6.0grs (816fps).
45Colt. 270gr Lead/Longshot 9.5grs (950fps),
(mold RCBS 270 SAA).

Both within application pressures.
 

DocTone

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Some hot .45 Colt loads that I've tried and really liked:
· 255 grain cast bullet & 16.5 grains of Blue Dot
· 255 grain cast bullet & 12.2 grains of Herco

These loads appear to be safe in my Ruger Bisley, but use at your own risk.

My favorite .45 Colt load is a 230 grain cast bullet with 7.5 grains of Red Dot or Promo. I haven't tried it with a 250 or 255 bullet yet.
"Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant. It just makes me want to set myself on fire!" —Lucille Bluth
Speer 9 shows Ruger load max BD 14.8gr. under 250gr SWC for +1,200fps. (25Kpsi). 16.5gr of BD has to be over 35K psi. Personally 14gr. of BD is one of the most accurate loads in my .45 Colt Super BH around 1,100fps.
 
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My accurate load , scoped 7.5” Stainless BH , I’d AA#9. Powder. 250 XTP. 20? 21? Grains. WLP primer. It’s my favorite deer hunting load. And I practice out to 100 yards. Shoots great!!
 

DocTone

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Just in case the OP asked for "Non Magnum" loads. Oh wait he did.... Here one, 7.2gr. Promo/RD under a 250gr. LSWC @900fps.
 

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