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New Vaquero 45 Colt Question?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hunt480, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Hunt480

    Hunt480 Well-Known Member

    First of all I will say I understand about the Ruger only data and what guns its intended for...This has probably been asked before but I was only curious? I just purchased a 45 Colt Ruger New Vaquero. I absolutely love this gun. I have been shooting the proper low pressure loads and the gun shoots great with Trailboss and Unique and that will probably never change.
    My question is;
    Does anyone here have any experience or tested loads on the top end for the New Vaquero? say over 1000fps with a 250 cast bullet? Though down sized from the Old Vaquero,the little Ruger New Vaquero seems it could handle a warmer loads possibly over the old 45 pressure limit.These loads would probably shoot high of the sights, anyway I was thinking on a hunting load for this mighty handy little gun.
  2. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member


    I would suggest you use the same limitations that I use for my S&W 25-5: 23k psi, which is what .45 ACP +P is rated at. With 250 - 270gr SWC's, my favorite load is 18.0gr of 2400, which will put you at 1000+ fps velocity-wise and is my deer hunting load. Other loads I have used with the same bullets and can recommend are: 13.0gr HS-6 and 21.0gr of 4227. As you noted, these loads will shoot high, but that didn't stop me from taking my deer last year with the .45 Colt.

  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  4. Hunt480

    Hunt480 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the read RC. That answered my question...
  5. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Oh well, late again. Nothing left to do here... lol

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