Need powder suggestions for 45 Colt

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  1. Riomouse911

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    For me, it’s The “U.”

    AA#5 is great.

    I will be trying out Promo at some point, I have an unopened jug that is itching to be experimented with.

    I load for a 4 5/8” SA revolver and a 16” carbine and used to be a SASS shooter (Former Member # was 13,998.)

    Stay safe.
     
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  2. AgPilot

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    I am looking at a Colt 45 Rifle. That’s the powder (5744) I plan to run through it. What bullet and charge are You using?
     
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  3. dcarr

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    Totally agree about clays, i seem to see it more often in the stores, suspect our shotgun friends reload it also.
     
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    Keep in mind that AA5744 doesn't do as well in pistols. Too many unburned kernels. Bullets types are 255 Grain SWC and 255 Grain RNFP. Starline Brass, Winchester LP Primer, and 18 grains of AA5744. I have loaded as high as 18.9 according to my log book. I settled on 18 grains. I have four rifles and wanted something I could shoot in all four. Wasn't looking for anything on the hot side.
     
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  5. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Large Rifle primers? Do you deepen the pockets or just hope the higher primers will never be a problem?
    When I load .44Mag with LR primers I use a LR pocket uniform tool to recut the pockets so they seat right. I keep rifle brass and revolver brass separate.
     
  6. AgPilot

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    I don’t use it in My Pistol. Trying to find that Perfect Rifle. That’s when I’m planning to use the 5744
     
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    I knew that AgPilot. Just added for others that are not using a rifle. I like 5744 in 45 Colt and 45-70, especially with lead bullets. Typo for large rifle above. I edited it above, should be LPP. I load all rounds to be fired in all rifles. I have some that are loaded really low that I mostly use in the 1873. My Rossi doesn't shoot 200 grain bullets very well so I went with the 255's.
     
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  8. EricBu

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    5744 is a great 45-70 powder, and good for tier 2 45 Colt. I've used it in .30-30 and .30-06 too with good results. I also suspect it will make a good 35 Remington powder, but haven't tried it. Shooter's World Buffalo Rifle is the pre General Dynamics Accurate 5744. You can get Lovex and Shooters World data for it from the SW website, it's very close, if not the same, as 5744 load data.
     
  9. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I tried that a while back when I got the Ruger M77/44 to go with the RSBH and decided I'd rather have rifle loads and revolver loads since some of my favorite revolver loads won't fit the M77/44 and some of the best rifle loads don't really get good, clean, accurate results in the revolver. It's been pretty easy to keep them separated, so far. And, even if I do accidentally load a LR casing w/ LP, it will still work, it just looks kinda funny. I also have different loads for .30-30 depending on the rifle/pistol they'll be used in. .357Mag, too. It's not hard to keep them straight.
     
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  10. RealGun

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    All those loads are hot for Cowboy Action Shooting. Most are shooting significantly below published minimums. I shoot 45 Colt in my rifle but the pistols use Cowboy 45 Special, which is well suited to use of faster powders, very much like 45 ACP. Starline makes the brass.

    I have a supply of Trailboss for 45 Colt but will use my jar of True Blue if I run out. Lack of primers though is a real threat to our sport.
     
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  11. Charlie98

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    You should also consider IMR4227... it's not quite as slow burning as AA5744 or IMR4198, and I've found it very useful in pistol cartridge carbines... it is all I use now in my .41 Marlin.

    I recently picked up an H&R Handi in .45 Colt... I run 20-22grn IMR4227, for roughly 1200fps out of the 16" Handi barrel. I could easily go higher, into Ruger-only territory, but I've no reason to at this point.

    As soon as I move into rifle cartridges... I reach for the IMR4198 (or AA5744 as an alternate) with cast bullets, including the .45-70.
     
  12. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I have quite a few .45Colt revolvers and a Cimarron 1873 lever action octagon barreled rifle. I have not found one yet that won't shoot well with a cast LSWC and 8.0gr of Unique.
    I shoot two full size Vaqueros, a Model 25, a Ruger BlackHawk, a Schofield clone, an 1875 Remington clone, a couple of Uberti and Pietta SAA clones and a Super BlackHawk Hunter. I shoot a lot of steel plates at 25yds with those revolvers with very good accuracy...any misses are totally because I messed up. I regularly break small rocks and clay birds on the 25yd berm with those revolvers.
    My Super BlackHawk in .45Colt rarely gets shot with that cast bullet load. I generally only shoot it with a near maximum load of 2400 or H110 with a Hornady 250gr XTP bullet.
     
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  13. black mamba

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    Fast and bulky is what you want. Red Dot, Green Dot, 700X, American Select, V-N320 are ones I've used.
     
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  14. Grumpy_old_Fart

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    Aa5, 4227 are my powders.

    I once hit a 100 yard target with one of my sherrifs model vaqueros. One out of 6 isn't bad at a 2' target with a vaquero.
     
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