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#200244 - 06/24/19 02:37 PM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: 45MAN]
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Ron, congratulations on getting ready to hunt with that fine Colt Revolver! As Rey mentioned, a 260 gr bullet from a 45 Colt at 1,000 fps doesn't need much help, it's been taking a lot of game, some much bigger than deer for a very long time.
That load is easy to shoot & hard to slow down once it hits something & all of us want that exit hole on game, it makes life simple when hunting. Deer aren't hard to kill with good bullet placement & the 45 makes short work of them with or without expansion. If you want expansion your cast bullets need to be quite soft but not lead your barrel, you can do that with powder coated bullets.
You can also do it with a HP'ed powder coated bullet now. I'm simply amazed how far I'm penetrating these heavier cast HP's on deer. I've only recovered one & it went almost lengthways on a fork horn muley after breaking the front shoulder on an angle. I did not expect that. I was using a 44 HP at just over 1,000 fps.
I'm almost positive it would work on "most" hogs in a heavy 45 HP, the 278 gr slug, even through the shoulders. The one variable would be if you drove it too fast. I think at the 1,000 fps margin it would be outstanding. I hope Rey tries it. On big hogs, I'm not sure but deer wouldn't stand a chance.
Anyone wanting to try a few, I'll send you a sample. I have red or black.....or red or black!! A gas check is not needed with PC

Dick

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#200246 - 06/24/19 03:49 PM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: sixshot]
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RON K: WHEN SIXSHOT SPEAKS, YOU NEED TO LISTEN.

SIXSHOT: WORKING ON INCREASED VELOCITY (UP FROM 880fps) LOADS FOR MY S&W 45 COLTS WITH YOUR 275gr PC'ed HP. I THINK I GOT A RECIPE THAT WILL GET ME INTO 1,050fps TERRITORY BUT ALL I WAS GETTING WAS "ERROR" READINGS ON CHRONY YESTERDAY.
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#200266 - 06/25/19 12:19 AM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: 45MAN]
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Sounds like great advise. thanks

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#200267 - 06/25/19 12:20 AM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: DavT]
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21 is really hard....what I'm looking for. Thanks

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#200268 - 06/25/19 12:51 AM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: Ron K]
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I'll try the Underwood 255gr factory loaded ammunition for now. If I start hand loading, what powder, and charge, would you recommend with a beartooth 255gr? Or which hard cast bullet would you recommend?

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#200272 - 06/25/19 09:34 AM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: Ron K]
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Ron K, for us non-reloader's another source of ammo would be Reeds Ammo, ( they have a web site, easy to find with a Google search ). I had them put together a moderate +P load for my Freedom Arms model 97 that shoots a 250gr XTP at 1200fps. A 454 Casull that shoots the same bullet at 1250fps out of my FA model 83, this is a joy to shoot, very clean and both are extremely accurate. I have ordered and shot 8 boxes of the 45+P and 4 of the Casull and both have worked great. I am currently looking for a hard cast bullet that will load shorter than 1.6" for the model 97 and will have Reeds work up a load for that to shoot at about 1100fps. Prices were very reasonable. I would prefer to reload but time and space suggest otherwise.

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#200277 - 06/25/19 12:08 PM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: DavT]
Ron K
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Thanks DavT. On their website, the 280gr SWC at 800fps looks interesting.

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#200278 - 06/25/19 12:31 PM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: Ron K]
Ron K
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Any idea which of these would penetrate the deepest?
Underwood?s factory loads (both between 960-1000fps advertised):
250gr FMJ-FN or the 255gr Keith-style (21 hardness)?


Edited by Ron K (06/25/19 03:39 PM)
Edit Reason: Typo

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#200297 - 06/25/19 10:19 PM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: Ron K]
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I shoot both but have never shot a critter with either but I would load up the 255gr Keith style for hunting deer sized game. I use the FMJ for plinking and the indoor range where they restrict all cast bullets.

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#200298 - 06/26/19 01:59 AM Re: Colt New Frontier 45LC - hunting loads [Re: DavT]
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Sounds good DavT. I'll give it a try. Thanks

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