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.45 Colt - Rifle Load

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Werewolf, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Werewolf

    Werewolf Senior Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    I'm looking for a load that'll give me around 1500 - 1600 fps out of a Win 94 w/20" bbl. Bullet weight 250 gr LRNFP.

    With 8.2 gr of AA#5 I get 1050 FPS. AA#5 is the slowest burning powder I currently use. I can go to 8.7 gr I believe which is a max pistol load. I am willing to try a slower burning ball powder (suggestions).

    Please suggest a starting load or point me to a source of data for rifle loads in .45 Colt.
  2. Clark

    Clark Senior Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Where I5 meets the rain forest
    45 Colt, 16.25" barrel Winchester 94 Ranger 250 gr. XTP, 24 gr. H110, 1.603" heavy crimp into canalure, 1536 fps

    You can get more velocity than me, with the longer barrel or with a higher pressure load.
    I think you will find that it kicks hard enough at 1536 fps.
  3. fanner50

    fanner50 New Member

    Dec 18, 2005
    I agree with Clark but I use WW 296 and get great accuracy. I am working on loads for my Taurus Thunderbolt now and it looks like this will work in that rifle also. It also does very well from my 4.625" Vaquero.
  4. redneck2

    redneck2 Mentor

    Dec 25, 2002
    Northern Indiana
    there used to be a whole section on .45 leverguns at http://www.sixgunner.com. Dunno if it's still there. If it's not, reply and I think I've got it printed off. I'll get it for you
  5. Merote

    Merote New Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Winchester Legacy Results

    Recently went to the range to test a new Winchester Trapper in 44magnum. While there, I verified some of my 45LC reloads. In case you are wondering, I did not use gas checks. I know, I should. I usually only use the "hot lead" loads (LilGun 24 grains)in my 454 Super Redhawk. Anyway, I finished up the day at the range with the jacketed XTP bullets. They always seem to clean up any leading issues I may have created!

    45 LC Legacy

    30 yards
    Temperature - 55°F
    Rabbit Ear Rest
    Roll Crimp
    Winchester Legacy
    WLP primers (standard/magnum)
    Mixed brass

    255 Apollo Lead SWC (w/Redding Profile Taper Crimp)
    Lil Gun 24 grains
    1785, 1807 fps
    Less than 2” group – 1” high​
    Unique 7 grains
    967, 983 fps
    Good group – 2-4” low​

    250 XTP HP (w/Redding Profile Taper Crimp) OAL – 1.598
    Lil Gun 24 grains
    1863 fps
    Less than 2” group – 1” high​

    Disclaimer - Don't attempt to duplicate these loads without proper research and proper equipment

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