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Were Colt Anacondas ever offered in .45?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Desert Dog, Jan 14, 2003.

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  1. Desert Dog

    Desert Dog Member

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    I heard that this might be the case, and if so, I have a new gun I will be looking for!

    .44 Magnum is fine, but my affinity is .45...

    I have handled many Pythons and they really are gorgeous weapons. If the Anaconda was chambered in my favorite caliber, .45 Colt, life would have a new sheen to it... :rolleyes:

    Mike
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    Yes, the Colt Anaconda was chambered for the .45 LC.
    They were available in 4" and 6" barrels for sure, possible in 8" also.

    The current guns are chambered in .44 Mag only, at this time, but new .45 Anaconda's can still be found.
     
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    Do check the cylinder throat diameter and groove diameter of any 45 Colt Anaconda before you make a purchase.

    The groove diameters of the barrels of the 45 Colt Anaconda's I've seen run 0.4515-0.4520", and the chamber throats run 0.456 -0.458". To get any of three of these revolvers to shoot satisfactorily, I've had to purchase 44 Mag cylinders and rechamber then to 45 Colt, with a chamber throat diameter of about 0.4525".

    As of a couple years back, Colt was not interested in replacing cylinders with oversize chamber mouths, saying that the dimensions I quoted above fell within tolerance. I do not know what the situation is today.

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  4. Desert Dog

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    That is good information...

    bfoster, so you are saying you have three of these weapons? Is Colt quality that bad on Anacondas? Every Python I have ever seen and handled is the epitome of quality, gorgeous blue, and a sweet DA trigger pull...
    (Tamara... :neener: )

    Mike
     
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    What bfoster said!!
    My brother had a .45 Anaconda, throats ran .456-.457. Only way to get anywhere near a decent group was to load cast LBT's sized .454-.455 and back off on the load a little.
    On top of all that, for what you will pay for a new Anaconda, you can pick up a good used Freedom Arms .454 and know you have a gun that is built tight and right. :fire:
     
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    A shop here in phoenix has a 4" in 45 colt for 599.00.It seem to be in great condition with the blue plastic box.
     
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    My god, I find that hard to believe when they cost $1,000 NIB! :fire: Even more if you order a new one from the custom shop! I was planning on getting a .45LC Anaconda as my next purchase because supposedly they also stand up to the stout hunting loads almost like a Redhawk.......oh well.

    If only Freedom Arms made a six shooter .45LC. What's with that anyways? :cuss:
     
  8. Desert Dog

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    See, following Tamara's advice is expensive...:rolleyes:

    I was just looking for an excellent DA trigger pull... :D

    This is disheartening. I refuse to pay $600 - $1000 for a gun that is less accurate than a Ruger Redhawk just to get a sweet trigger pull.

    I do not like S&W revolvers. (I may be the only one on earth...) My best friend has a N-frame chambered .45 LC... I don't like the way it feels in my hand...

    Oh well, back to my Rugers...

    Anyone know an excellent Redhawk trigger guy? :D

    Mike
     
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    Desert Dog,

    No, I only own one Anaconda in 45 Colt. I have replaced the cylinder in two Anacondas belonging to friends, and examined several others.

    Insofar as S&W's go, it sounds like the stocks on your pals' 45 Colt are a bad mismatch for your hands. The aftermarket offers a very, very wide selection of stocks for S&W "N" frames, most are available at reasonable prices.

    Bob
     
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    And then have them shave about 5 pounds off of that beast. :rolleyes:
    :D
     
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    Might contact MagnaPort.

    (I use all four of mine for IPSC; stock triggers.)
     
  12. peteytom

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    Mine Works Fine

    I Came Across One Of These Last Year. Couldn't Find One Listed Anywhere I Normally Research, But It Sure Exists. I'm Not A Sharpshooter Nor Is My 95lb Girlfriend Yet Both Of Us Find Ourselves Shooting As Accuratly As Our Normal Favorite Pieces. The Red Dot Scope Reduces Kick We Found.
     
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