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#195039 - 10/22/18 11:32 AM 1911 45acp for Deer?
Artemis444
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Looking for advise. I just acquired a new full size 1911 in 45 acp. Would this (ETHICALLY) take a white tail deer at close range? 30 yards or less? If so what shot would you look for lung/heart or more of a shoulder shot? I will be using factory JHP loads.

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#195041 - 10/22/18 12:05 PM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: Artemis444]
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Absolutely! Lung/heart based on your information.
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#195056 - 10/22/18 08:02 PM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: Sawfish]
wvhitman
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I've taken close to a dozen deer with a .45 experimenting with bullets. Best seems to be 200 gr. Horn. XTP. I've done shoulder and lung shots with it out to 60 yds. Lungs run, shoulders don't move much.

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#195062 - 10/22/18 08:14 PM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: wvhitman]
Artemis444
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Thanks! That is very helpful!

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#195174 - 10/27/18 02:20 AM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: Artemis444]
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Although not what you are intending to shoot, but more for a comparison. . .I hunt with a Springfield Armory V16 and have taken several deer and countless hogs at ranges of 35 yards or less. My load is a 214 grain bullet I cast myself, Lee 452-200-RF over 7.5 grains of CFE Pistol. This load travels at 1100 fps and is wicked accurate and wicked deadly on critters! If you keep your shots close and you can hit your mark, the 45ACP will do you a good job. Companies such as Buffalo Bore and CorBon produce some hard hitting factory ammo. . .just find a well constructed bullet that your gun likes to shoot and become proficient with it, you'll be set. Good luck!

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#195233 - 10/29/18 04:58 PM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: OFFSHORE]
Mad Dog 1954
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Illegal in Indiana or ir would be my choice. I use a 10mm instead (Glock 20) saving for 1911 like Razor Dobbs
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#195244 - 10/29/18 11:15 PM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: Artemis444]
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I plan to "experiment" with the Barnes 185 gr factory loads out of my Glock 21 this year
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You should be solid with a good JHP out to 50 through the heart/lung.

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#195246 - 10/29/18 11:51 PM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: SChunter]
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I want to experiment with the Buffalo Bore 185 gr Barnes load. It's cooking right along out of my 1911. Hoping to whack something this winter.


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#195248 - 10/30/18 09:48 AM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: MrMcPorkchop]
Artemis444
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Thanks im going to run to the LGS and pick up a verity of ammo and do some range test to see what ammo my 1911 shoots the best.

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#195639 - 11/10/18 06:06 PM Re: 1911 45acp for Deer? [Re: Artemis444]
45BBH
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Power Pistol powder is very good for warmer loads, I got a 230gr XTP cooking along at about 1100 fps from a 5" 1911.

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