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#181576 - 06/21/17 05:53 PM Re: .45 ACP [Re: cherokeetracker]
Russell
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Get a currant production S&W 625 or a Ruger 'convertible' and take to 'um.
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#181577 - 06/21/17 06:37 PM Re: .45 ACP [Re: Russell]
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I have pondered this as well, so as said the standard 45 auto is pretty slow moving. I have never used 45 auto or 45 colt for hunting but i have a Ruger convertible and it got me thinking, 45 acp is real similar to 45 colt cowboy loads, so many people say 45 acp is ok for hunting close range but i have seen many people say 45 colt cowboy loads are not. So what would be the difference? Say 230 grain at 800fps VS 250 grain at 800fps? I am not bashing either, i use a 44 mag with 240 grain SWC's at 1100fps for hunting, but the 45 colt is just plain fun to shoot.

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#181580 - 06/21/17 07:47 PM Re: .45 ACP [Re: trlcavscout]
s4s4u
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So what would be the difference? Say 230 grain at 800fps VS 250 grain at 800fps?


Essentially, none. I don't think I've ever read anything on this board saying 45 Colt cowboy loads aren't applicable for hunting. With a good bullet and within range (say 50 yards) it will kill deer. Now there are better options but if that's all you got, just make a good shot.
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#181612 - 06/23/17 10:01 AM Re: .45 ACP [Re: s4s4u]
hrh2k
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For what it's worth, my dad has handloaded some 255 SWC in 45 ACP that I usually use in my 45 colt, to me it seemed noticeably more powerful. I believe Buffalo Bore offers a 255 SWC load in 45 Auto. I really like that bullet style, if it goes at least 800 fps I think that would be a good load, better than 230 grain at least.
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#181628 - 06/24/17 09:29 PM Re: .45 ACP [Re: cherokeetracker]
.41magfan
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I've only taken 5 deer with the .45 ACP cartridge but I think a properly constructed bullet of at least 185 gr or more is adequate (for deer) if you restrict yourself to shots inside of 50 yards and stay away from bad angles.

I've fired 6 rounds for 6 hits (one of those animals was unnecessarily shot twice) taking those 5 deer and I've only recovered 3 bullets thus far.

Recovered bullets L to R: Gen 1 Gold Dot 230 gr, Gen 1 Gold Dot 200 gr, Gen 1 Winchester 230 gr Black Talon.



Unrecovered bullets that fully penetrated were two more 200 gr Gold Dots and a Hornady 230 gr XTP.

I have a new 1911 with adjustable sights that will allow me to get a good zero using a bonded 185 gr JHP @ about 1250 fps, so that will be the new medicine from this point forward.



Edited by .41magfan (06/24/17 09:30 PM)

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#181637 - 06/25/17 01:10 PM Re: .45 ACP [Re: .41magfan]
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One thing you might consider is a 460 Rowland conversion kit.
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#181655 - 06/26/17 06:39 PM Re: .45 ACP [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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The Rowland is much more powerful (750 to 1100 ftlbs). I don't load mine to max most of the time because it isn't needed. Its performance falls right into .44 Magnum power. Something else to look at is a .45 Super. It makes about 600-650 ftlbs. Killed 2 deer with it. Worked fine.
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#181675 - 06/27/17 11:02 AM Re: .45 ACP [Re: reflex264]
Yetiman
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There's also 45 Super to consider (as Reflex pointed out) without replacing the barrel.

Could even the odds a bit.

I have some Buffalo Bore 45 Super I just got in last week, but haven't experimented with it yet. Planning to use it more for 'walking in the woods' than hunting myself.

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#181693 - 06/28/17 08:51 AM Re: .45 ACP [Re: Yetiman]
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I shot some of the buffalo bore 255gr supers. It was accurate and pretty stout as well. Would work great on hogs.
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#181794 - 07/03/17 02:05 PM Re: .45 ACP [Re: reflex264]
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I've taken several critters with the acp using +p ammunition. My experiences make it a close range endeavour. I feel the super would give you a little more. Accuracy was not the limiting factor but performance of projectiles at lower speeds.
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