1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

.45 Colt Blackhawk - 1st Range Trip

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Arkansas Paul, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    Hey all. Went to the range this morning for the first time with my new Blackhawk. Had some good groups and some not so good ones. Here are two of the best ones. I know they're not great by a good shooter's standards, but I have a ways to go shooting pistols. The 6 shot group was from 15 yards. It was a 250 grain Nosler JHP with 7.1 grains of Bullseye. The three shot group is the one I'm kind of proud of. It was twenty-five yards. They were Hornady cast 230 grain bullets with 6 grains of Trail Boss.
    I have a ways to go before hunting season rolls around, but I'll be practicing and when November comes I'll be ready.


  2. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    Sorry that second one is blury. You can see the group fine though.
  3. longbeachbum

    longbeachbum New Member

    Nice shootin! Love the gun!

    Blackhawk is definitely my next purchase.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2010
  4. ljnowell

    ljnowell New Member

    That big ol' hogleg put a smile on your face, didnt it?
  5. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    I use AA No 9 powder in my heavy .45 Colt loads for my Blackhawk.

    With mine, and others I know who have one, these Blackhawks turn in the best groups when the load's at it's hottest. Enjoy it, it's just a real fun gun to shoot.
  6. AStone

    AStone New Member

    Oh, man, congrats, Paul.

    Very sweet.

    Dang, you guys gonna talk me into one of these yet.

    How do you find the recoil so far? (Compared to what?)
  7. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    You better believe it put a smile on my face.
    Take the plunge Nematocyst, you'll not regret it. I'm wondering why I took so long to get one.
    The recoil is mild with the Trail Boss, just a little sharper than my .40. With the 7.1 grains of Bullseye and the 250 grain bullet, it was noticably more. I don't have a lot to compare it to, being fairly inexperienced with handguns. I've shot .44 Magnums and it didn't quiet reach that level of recoil. It was a little sharper than a .357 mag I guess. I will say though, that I'll likely get a nice set of Houge grips that will absorb some of the recoil when I start amping up the loads for hunting a bit. The factory grips are fine with the light stuff, but after about twenty rounds with the heavier load, it was starting to get a little uncomfortable. Some leather shooters gloves may help that too.
    Like I said, these groups were the best out of about eight. Overall, I was pleased with the accuracy. I've been debating on whether or not to scope it. I don't think I will. There's just something about the single actions that I love and scoping it would change everything. I feel confident that with practice, I'll be accurate enough to about 50 yards to deer hunt with it. I know there will be many rounds fired before I get there, and I'll experiment with different loads, but that's the fun part anyway.
    Haven't had this long, but I have a feeling its going to become a favorite.
  8. AStone

    AStone New Member

    Thanks, Paul. That's useful info.

    I agree, also: no scope on that baby.
  9. robctwo

    robctwo New Member

    I got the 4 5/8 45 Colt convertible a while back, just got the .357 little brother with the 6.5" today. Nice shooting. I'm running Red Dot under 250 gr lrnfp for general purpose with the .45. Have also loaded some lighter loads with 200 gr swc and some buffalo loads with 2400 and 4227 and 300-340 gr lead.
  10. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    Yeah, I'm gonna try the 2400 when I start working up a hunting load. I've heard it's the cat's meow for full throttle loads. I've heard it's a little dirty, but that doesn't matter to me. I'll be cleaning it after each range trip anyway.
  11. Action_Can_Do

    Action_Can_Do New Member

    I love my 45 colt blackhawk. The first thing I did was get rid of the black grips that came with it. They were very rough and horribly uncomfortable. Blackhawks look best with a nice wood, so I put cocobolo grips on mine.
  12. ljnowell

    ljnowell New Member

    2400 and lead bullets in hot loads is the perfect match, without doubt. You also dont have the tight loading window you get with h110 or w296.
  13. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    I did notice that with the H110, that you don't have much of a window. I didn't like that. I generally like to load as close to the middle as I can get.
  14. robctwo

    robctwo New Member

    I used 2400 first, then a guy said to look at 4227. I like it better for the REAL HEAVY loads. The '92 Rossi Puma is a nice companion. I've got a 340 gr Beartooth lfn gas check running at 1,290 fps. WOW. I have not shot them out of the Ruger yet.

    Gotta post thees guys again

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2010
  15. Seedtick

    Seedtick New Member

    Way to go Paul! You're doing good.

    I picked up a .357 convertible a few days before you got your .45 and I love it. I like loading for it so much that I tore down my turret setup so I can do it single stage. It lasts longer that way. :rolleyes:

    Revolvers are so cool.


  16. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    All I've got is single stage. We've got two Rockchuckers so we don't have to switch dies around so much. Not being familiar with the round, I measured every charge. It took a while, but that's okay.
    We are considering a progressive though. Myself, my dad and brother all shoot .40, so we go through quite a bit.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2010
  17. sourdough44

    sourdough44 New Member

    I'm thinking about getting a Blackhawk in 45 colt. I was looking to the 4.5" or so inch barrel since I already have a 7.5" 44 mag. I doubt I'd load it to top levels. I may be loading a some 45 colt ammo for a guy, so I may as well get one.
  18. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    I'm thinking .357 in the 4 5/8" or 5 1/2" next. I like all the Blackhawks except the .30 carbine. That's a useless round IMO. Don't flame me. I said IMO. You're entitled to yours.
    It'll be a while before I can buy another though. Several months probably, so I may change my mind before then. Most of the time I say I want something and by the time I have the funds to do it, it's changed two or three times. The .45 was different though. I bought a deer rifle in April '09 and said I was getting a single action Ruger to hunt with next, and it never changed. Went ten months and stayed the same. Maybe this time it will too.
  19. AStone

    AStone New Member

    What deer rifle did you buy, Paul?
  20. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Active Member

    Weatherby Vangaurd .30-06.

Share This Page