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45Colt in a semi-auto pistol??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Frohickey, Apr 1, 2003.

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  1. Frohickey

    Frohickey Member

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    Aside from the lack of market demand, is there anything stopping gun designers from making a semi-auto pistol chambered in 45Colt?

    Case length of the 45Colt is the same as the case length of the 44Magnum 1.285 inches.
     
  2. Handy

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    No.
     
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I'm sure it could be done; I'm equally sure it would last about ten minutes in the market: long enough for three reviewers to list the main features and take pictures of the .45 long Colt semi-automatic and the Single Action Army side by side.
     
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    I think I read years ago that rim size was a problem with some ammo, may have been rim strength, cant remember for sure. Something about tolerance evidently varied considerably over the years it has been manufactered.
    Gerald
     
  5. JohnK

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    LAR might have chambered the Grizzly for the 45 Colt for a while (very vague memories of such). They made it in 44 Mag and 45 Win Mag so they should have been able to make a 45 Colt version if they wanted to.

    There isn't a lot of rim for the extractor to hook on, but there isn't on a 38 Super either.
     
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    The rim on the 45 Colt round is a bit on the thin side and might be prone to breaking.
     
  7. RON in PA

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    Rimmed cartridges and semi-auto pistols are not a good marriage. Even the 32 ACP which is semi-rimmed can have problems. Why the need for an overly long, black powder era 45 cartridge when there is the 45 ACP and 45 +P.
     
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    Not only are there 45 ACP and +P, there is also 45 Super and 450 SMC.
     
  9. Porter Rockwell

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    .45 Colt Antoloader?

    Hello, no such animal was made but the .45 Winchester Magnum in the LAR can be loaded to equal most of the published Ruger .45 Colt levels (300s@1300fps).
    The .45 Super/.451 Detonics/.460 Rowland/.450SMC are interesting high pressure loadings but none can hold a candle to the .45 Colt or the .45 Winchester Magnum.
     
  10. seeker_two

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    Yes, it could be done---but why? :scrutiny:

    JMB designed the .45ACP to put .45Colt power into an auto pistol design. Seems like sacrelige to undo his work...
     
  11. M1911

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    Exactly. The .45 Colt is a very long cartridge, which would result in a gun with a very large grip and low capacity. An interesting technical challenge that would create a relatively pointless gun.
     
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