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First time with this caliber, loading 250 grain lead flat nose bullets on top of 6.2 grains of bullseye. Boy that case is big! The powder looks so lonely sitting in there. I was using unique in my other calibers, but I couldn't get it to throw consistant weights. Bullseye is spot on, meters out very nicely. It's been a while since I've done any reloading, so I tweaked a few cases getting set up and had to break down my rock chucker and clean it up, lube it and put it back together. Of course just when I got going work called and I have to head in, dammit!
 

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As with any reloading: no radio, TV, grandkids, wives or other distractions. .44-40, .45 LC, .45 ACP and other pistol rounds just beg "double" charge. I know you know this, but we've all had or witnessed big bangs that destroy guns and can injure. Good luck with my favorite cartridge and welcome back to the fun side of shooting.
 

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Almost 50 years ago, a friend gave me about 100 .45 Colt rounds. They were quite old even then, are balloon-head, but have smokeless powder. Am guessing early 20th century. Strangely, I've never actually owned a .45. Still, I would not want to stand in front of them!

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I’m also a fan of the 45 Colt. Although I haven’t loaded extensively for this cartridge; I tried a few powders when getting started with it for plinking loads in a few lever rifles and carbines, and a Ruger Vaquero. I mainly have been using Universal under a 250 grain RNFP coated lead or plated bullet.

I enjoy knocking down steel silhouettes with these, with a good solid ringing sound upon impact!
 
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a few good bullets are
Nosler 250 HP
cast performance 300 LFNGC or 265 wfngc when they are in stock
or if you can find it at gun shows

CCI Blazer - 200 Gr. JHP​

 
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One of the things I like about the 45 Colt is I can load down to 160 gr bullets with light loads of Tight Group powder. TG is the least position sensitive of any powder I have tried.
Or as heavy as 350 gr bullets in a carbine loaded to the lower end of 45-70. [Think Trapdoor loads] These will take anything I should be shooting at!
Or any weight in-between. DR
 

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