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45 colt ammo

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Bezoar, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. Bezoar

    Bezoar member

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    Moderators, please move ifthis is not in the correct forum.

    I am reading that the 45 colt chamber can accept the .455 colt/.455 eley cartridge. AND i am reading that this cartridge is identical in dimensions to the .45 webley cartridges.

    DOes it mean that all of these cartridges can be fed in a 45 colt chambered revolver of new manufacture?
     
  2. Wil Terry

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    NO!!!

    It absolutely does not.
     
  3. Vern Humphrey

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    There is a difference in rim thickness. The British cartridges will give excessive headspace in a revolver chambered for the .45 Colt. Conversely, if you load .45 Colt into a revover chamberd for the British cartridges, you usually can't close the cylinder.

    Post Script: Given the scarcity of the British cartridges, and the cost if you find them, why would you want to shoot them in a revolver chambered for the .45 Colt? The proper ammo is cheap and plentiful, you know.
     
  4. Bezoar

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    im just thinking on the versatility of particular chamberings to decide on a gun to get. SInce i want to be handloading anyway, i was wondering what other cartridges work in a 45 colt, as well as a 44 magnum.

    True right now it seems the 45 only safely takes the 45 colt, 45 s&w, and the new "45 cowboy" developed by a member of thefiringline.

    But the 44 magnum family is mighty nice, with far more options to reload in for light plinking.
     
  5. Vern Humphrey

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    Actually, standard .45 Colt loads correspond to .44 Special, Cowboy loads to .44 Russian, and hot "Ruger only" loads correspond to .44 Magnum. If your aim is to mostly shoot light, factory loads, with occasional hot handloads, the .45 Colt is the way to go.
     
  6. BlindJustice

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    I have to jump in here. I found a rifle smith who does the Marlin
    1894 Conversion from .45 Colt to .45 Cowboy Special. I got the spec's on the .45 Cowboy SPecial and noted it is the same length as the .45 ACP &
    .45 Auto Rim. I have a S & W 625 in .45 ACP/AR and want a carbine to
    also shoot .45 Auto RIm. THe rifle smith will do a conversion to .45 AR for a Marlin 1894. THe loads will be Leadhead hardcast bullets
    200 gr. SWC @ 1,025 FPS from a 5 inch Bbl.
    225 br. TC-BB w/bas check @ 950 FPS. 5 inch Bbl.

    I can get the abbove loaded 50 rds/box for $ 21 which is cheaper than .45 COlt in Blazer. by $10 a box.

    I'm looking at various single actions to see about a .45 COlt converted to .45 AR.

    I have a chronograph and after the 1894 is converted I'll
    check the velocity out of the longer barrel.

    The 625 is fun, my 1911 is for CCW.
     
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