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.45 Colt hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by JollyWhiteGiant, Sep 1, 2008.

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  1. JollyWhiteGiant

    JollyWhiteGiant Member

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    My standard loading for my .45 Colt is a 255 gr LRN FP bullet loaded to about 850 fps. Has anyone used this combo for deer hunting? The woods I hunt are pretty overgrown and a long shot is going to be 50 yards and most of my shots are under 25.
     
  2. JUNGLEBILL

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    hi, ive done it a few times in northern oh. a few times,just about same hand load,maybe a little hotter[950] ruger 7.5 barrel bh,did real well from treestand about 20 yds.[good shot placement is key]]good luck bill
     
  3. Forge

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    Have you tried the Winchester 225 grain SilverTip hollow points?
     
  4. Old Grump

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    At 50 yards your load is sufficient. I load as previously posted 950 to 1,000 fps depending on bullet, (255 vs 225), because I can expect most of my shots to be in the 100 yd range. Beyond 120 yards I don't even take the gun out of the holster. Gotta love a revolver that will shoot a one hole group at 25 yards and 5" at 100 yards with iron sights. The old LRN is actually more accurate in my gun so I wouldn't change a thing if your gun is the same way.
     
  5. Wildfire

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    Yep.

    Hey There:
    I love the .45 long colt.
    That load may be just a tadd slow but if it shoots good it should work.
    I ran mine at about 1000 Fps. Sometimes more. actually I shot the Ruger to death. I loaded it hot for too many rounds and could not keep anything tight anymore . but sure was fun while it lasted.
    I liked it better then the .44 mags.
     
  6. publiuss

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    That should be a great load. You should get a through and through every time and a dead deer w/correct placement. I use a 255SWC loaded a little hotter than yours, but it is not needed. put your round through it's shoulder and you've got a dead deer.
     
  7. Shawnee

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    Hey "JungleBill"...

    Where are you hunting in N. Ohio ?


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  8. JUNGLEBILL

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    lived in ashtabula county then,,fla now,lots of big deer and thick cover to hide in, most revolver shots were 20 yds or so from treestands,really miss it,,went up last fall for a doe in two hrs,,bill
     
  9. Shawnee

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    You were north !

    Neat place though - except for Jan. and Feb, :D


    I moved uip here to escape Florida. :D


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