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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-30-2010, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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45 Colt Hunting Load !

I'm looking for a good hunting load for a Ruger Blackhawk, with 250gr Lasercast bullets. I'd like to stay in the 1000/1100 fps. I,m shooting Buffalo Bore 255gr fp's, but they are getting to expensive and I had a box of 500 lasercasts.
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Re: 45 Colt Hunting Load !

13 to 13.5 2400 should be right in there
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Re: 45 Colt Hunting Load !

I also shoot a 255 Keith Style that I cast for the 45 Colt. And like the above responder I also like 2400, but I load mine a little stouter than the load he recommended, but not much more. Only advice I can give is to use a good heavy crimp for the 2400 load. And for a couple of reasons. First is that a good heavy crimp gives a better powder burn. And secondly my SD's go down with a heavier crimp, which obviously improves accuracy. Tom.
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Re: 45 Colt Hunting Load !

I haven't bought a set of dies yet. What brand dies do you suggest? Are any better for cast bullets. Should I get a 3 or 4 die set?
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Re: 45 Colt Hunting Load !

I like to crimp my bullet in a different step. So I always buy the 4 dies with the separate crimper. There are a couple of good crimp dies. I like the Redding Crimp die.

Most of the 3 die sets are of good quality. I would recommend a carbide set for ease of sizing. The RCBS does a fine job, but all the others are very close to the same quality.

No real difference when using lead bullets, just use the proper seater that comes with the die.

I also prefer the Lyman M-die for belling the case. It seems to work the best for me. Especially in the straight walled cases.

I see lots of good used dies on the forums all the time. Take your time and you could probably save some money on a used set. And truthfully almost all the mfrs. dies will do you a good job on the 45 Colt. It is an easy cartridge to reload. Tom.
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