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#189227 - 01/29/18 03:13 PM 45 Colt hunting loads?
Brad Y
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I have a Ruger new model blackhawk in a 45 colt and I would like to hunt deer and antelope (at close range) with it. I would like some load recommendations for this and I would also like to know anyone's opinion on what the hottest load I should shoot in this pistol. Thanks!

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#189230 - 01/29/18 03:26 PM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: Brad Y]
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Does the serial number have a 2 digit prefix or three?
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#189232 - 01/29/18 04:08 PM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: s4s4u]
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Not sure. I am at work. Gun was purchased a year ago new if that helps.

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#189246 - 01/29/18 10:50 PM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: Brad Y]
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Brad, your new Ruger will handle some warm loads but deer & antelope aren't hard to kill, shoot the hottest load you can shoot accurately, not the hottest load the gun can handle.
Good luck hunting.

Dick

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#189257 - 01/30/18 04:12 PM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: sixshot]
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A Ruger will handle just about any load you can put through it.
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#189261 - 01/30/18 05:56 PM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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 Originally Posted By: TN Lone Wolf
A Ruger will handle just about any load you can put through it.


Yes, and no. Ruger recently came out with a New Model Blackhawk "flattop" revolver that is built on a midsize frame that is not up to the full house "Ruger only" loads that are fine in the full size frames. The midsize guns have serial numbers with a 3 digit prefix.
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#189262 - 01/30/18 05:56 PM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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Well no, not if it's a mid-frame flat-top. Need to know what frame size before loads can be recommended.

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#189266 - 01/31/18 07:49 AM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: Craig44]
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That's right. Forgot about the flattop.
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#189329 - 02/02/18 07:51 AM Re: 45 LC loads [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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FOR LARGE FRAME RUGER BLACKHAWKS/BISLEYS MY FAVORITE HUNTING LOADS (BOTH WITH OTBC 250 gr RNFP CAST BULLETS AND FEDERAL MAGNUM PRIMERS) ARE: MY "OUTDOORSMAN" LOAD USING TOP BRASS BRASS AND VV N110 POWDER, GOOD FOR AROUND 1,350 fps IN 5 1/2 BARRELS, AND MY "OLD WEST" LOAD USING STARLINE NICKEL CASES AND 8.5 GRAINS OF TRAIL BOSS, GOOD FOR AROUND 900 fps IN 5 1/2 INCH BARRELS, AND ALSO A GREAT LOAD FOR SMALLER FRAME REVOLVERS SUCH AS THE COLT SAA. BOTH LOADS USE THE SAME VOLUME OF POWDER (THE SAME SETTING ON MY REDDING HUNTER POWDER DISPENSER). YOU CAN SUBSTITUTE MOST ANY 250-260 gr BULLETS AS YOU MAY PREFER.

I WILL LOOK FOR/CHECK THE WEIGHT OF THE VV N110 POWDER LOAD AND ADD IT LATER.
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