hornady 45 colt load data
AA No.

AA No. Universal 9.0 gr.

734 (Actual in 7 1/2" bbl revolver) But they do not speak well for the durability of .45 Colt brass compared to magnum brass. 1,195 max 787 Cowboy mild ----------------------------------------- ***1,180)* (15.8 to 17.6 MAX is good range) ----------------------------------------- 945 max - ok for all guns

----------------------------------------- 7 14.6 gr. 830

I have been asked specifically about this revolver in the past, as their owners sometimes conclude that if the Model 29 can withstand the 36,000 psi (43,500 cup) of a .44 Magnum cartridge, their revolvers should be able to withstand the same pressure. LRNFP working up to 8 grains-- This is listed as a Ruger or T/C load in most manuals. (No.

5 12.1 gr.


JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point and if GC indicated, means Gas Check at Reloading, firearm, and environmental components vary, too. ---------------------------------------- Two other powders for standard loads include W231 and HP-38.

(No two chronographs seem to give identical results.).


934 Maximum

Clays 5.0 gr. 640 756 Hi=800, Lo=674, ES=126 903 (IMR minimum load) 805 Bullseye 5.0 gr. 725 Zip 5.8 gr.

(No. 300 grain JHP or Hornady XTP Unique 10.0 gr.

Titegroup 5.0 gr.

* For Ruger and T/C ONLY ! 5* 11.5 gr.

True Blue 7.7 gr. Unique 8.5 gr. AA No. So what's not to like about the .44 Mag? 825 *** ONLY USE in Ruger and T/C. 9 with 15 gr. Clays 4.2 gr. Unique 8.5 gr.

9 17.6 gr.

2400 14.9 gr. Unique* 10.5 gr. H110/W296 24.5 gr. 945 max - ok for all guns Unique 10.0 gr. * Blackhorn 209 is a black powder substitute with smokeless * For Ruger and T/C ONLY !

Universal 8.8 gr.

Unique 8.5 gr. 812 Hi=898, Lo=707, ES=191 8.5" bbl

AA No. 905 Hi=1002 Lo=840 ES=162

870 FPS True Blue 10.0 gr. ----------------------------------------

Clays 4.8 gr. 231 7.0 gr. * 990* -----------------------------------------

Unique 6.4 gr. 761 FPS minimum Unique 7.0 gr. 5 11.8 gr. (Cowboy Load)(RNFP) (Cowboy Load)(RNFP) 830 5, No.7, No.

905 MAX LOAD (I got 932.2 in revolver)

1,455 max 231 8.3 gr.

***1,023)* (13.6 to 15.1 MAX is good range) Titegroup 5.0 gr. 773 (in 5 1/2" bbl revolver) In any event, most amateur load developers don't know that their loads are actually safe, they only know that up to the last shot they fired nothing failed. 250 grain lead RNFP Cowboy loads

886 MAX His 45 Colt bullet was #454424 and was available for decades from Lyman. True Blue 9.0 gr. AA No. Errata pages are available for several past publications of our Handbook of Cartridge Reloading. 605 FPS

Common sense needs to prevail!

They do provide identical results of muzzle velocities and pressures using the same charge weights, and I use them interchangeably.

766 ( mild cowboy) all cowboy loads below: 667 Using bullets from Cast LRNFP, Hornady XTP, Hornady FTX, Speer JHP, Sierra JFP. Thank you for your understanding and support. This EXCEEDS MAX LOAD Use at your OWN RISK) Less "position sensitive." 8.3 gr. It states that, "Loads for the 300 grain bullet were developed in a copper crusher test barrel; they operate at higher pressure than those for lighter bullets, up to 25,000 cup.".


----------------------------------------- That brings us to the next level, which includes 45 Colt revolvers built on the Ruger Super Blackhawk frame and the Ruger Old Model Blackhawk, the arrival of which led to two separate load sections showing up in loading manuals. RUGER AND CONTENDER ONLY IMR PB 7.0 gr.

730 (mild)(AA now says 813 fps) Use at your OWN RISK

760 Hi=766, Lo=750, ES=16 It's pretty hard to find any other handgun cartridge that is as versatile as the good old 45... Give a Gift   brass!

Titegroup 5.0 gr. It was in a friend's gun with supposedly normal pressure handloads using 255 grain cast lead bullets. 731 minimum Errata pages are available for several past publications of our Handbook of Cartridge Reloading. 1,191 start HS6 13.5 gr. Trail Boss 5.5 gr. "IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE. 983 start -----------------------------------------

Unique 8.6 gr.

----------------------------------------- Clays 4.6 gr. Trail Boss 5.8 gr. (No. AA No.9* 15.2 gr. HP38 5.8 gr. Plus you can save favorites, add notes and more. (Experiment with A5744 powder) For the 45 Colt, I especially prefer the 250-grain RNFP and the 255-grain SWC. 667 Less "position sensitive." H-4227 20.0 gr.

They got 10 fps greater velocity with the 300 grain bullet than with the 260 grain bullet, also the opposite of what one would expect. * which

833 Hi=873, Lo=783, ES=90 (old formulation)


Universal 6.5 gr. Like the bound and eBook versions, the Hornady® Reloading App provides all the information needed to successfully reload a variety of rifle and handgun cartridges. 971 Hi=1,013 Lo=924 ES=89 elsewhere on pages] With the coming of Ruger’s Blackhawk chambered in 45 Colt in the early 1970s, we finally had a sixgun that could tap the tremendous potential of the 45 Colt cartridge. HP38 9.0 gr. IMR PB 6.5 gr. There are many reasons for reloading for your handguns. My approximately 10 years of experience reloading the .45 Colt and 35 years of experience reloading the .357 and .44 Magnum cartridges (in both Colt and Ruger revolvers) leaves me with the definite impression that .45 Colt brass is indeed weaker than magnum brass. 1,002 Maximum AA No.7* 13.0 gr. These are cosmetic variations capable of handling the same pressure as the standard Blackhawk, and fall under the general heading of "Ruger Blackhawk revolvers." The .44 Magnum and .454 Casull as alternatives to the .45 Colt. 1,051 652 start * 1,150*

Both cartridges can handle the same range of bullet weights (usually from 200-300 grains in JHP hunting bullets), and the .44 Magnum's .429" bullet has better sectional density (for better penetration) in every bullet weight than the .452" bullet. (The Hornady 250 grain bullet has a reputation as a relatively soft bullet.) Both of these are plainbased Keith-style bullets, and their numbers are #310.451 and #325.454, with the first three digits giving the approximate bullet weight.

9 14.3 gr. HS6 13.5 gr. I had excellent luck with 12.0 of AA5 and a rcbs cast 270 saa swc.

Unique 10.0 gr. Universal 9.2 gr. 1,343 max 9-9-11 Elmer Keith’s custom Colt single action was used to develop his heavy 44 Special loads in the late 1920s, and for a long time the 45 Colt cartridge was accused of being weak. Nitro 100 5.8 gr. * 1,150* Clays 6.4 gr. 45 and FMJ-RN bullet. 855 (IMR Max load) 5 11.8 gr. ----------------------------------------- Trail Boss 5.8 gr. BUT THEY CANNOT!

*** 1024 MAX+ (Actual in 7 1/2" bbl 250 gr.

Again, these case mouth splits come from the necessity to roll crimp revolver loads and not from excessive pressure or a defective cylinder. 932 minimum To use an analogy, I have been told by a friend who is very active in bicycle racing circles that bicycle tires are generally designed for 100% over-pressure.

It is loaded not by weight, but by volume. Unique* 10.5 gr. 761 FPS minimum For example, No.

ZIP 6.6 gr.

884 max - OK for all guns. 735

But I don't ride my 90 psi tires at 141 psi (57% above rated pressure) just because they are probably good to 180 psi.

872 (in 7 1/2" bbl revolver)(ES=38 fps) 884 685 (IMR start load) hot) ***1,180)* (15.8 to 17.6 MAX is good range) These cartridges will chamber and can be fired in any .45 Colt revolver, although they are not safe in the majority of such revolvers. Another way to circumvent the entire issue would be to purchase a .44 Magnum revolver. HP38 8.5 gr. Lil'Gun 25.5 gr. Unique 6.8 gr. AA No. Unique 8.0 gr. 762 Copyright 2002, 2016 by Chuck Hawks. The weight would more properly be closer to 32 grains. Unique 6.8 gr. ============Ruger and T/C ONLY below========== 889 start like qualities. Bullseye is a bit fast for this big cartridge and

Universal 7.8 gr. 753 866 Hi= 890 Lo=855 ES=35 (good Cowboy load)

Competition 5.2 gr. HP38 5.9 gr. Quality 300-grain jacketed bullets are also offered by all three of these manufacturers. Unique 9.5 gr. 723 True Blue 8.5 gr. W-296/H-110* 24.9 gr. Titegroup 5.0 gr. 871 So I accept that Speer's 25,000 cup is indeed a reasonable maximum pressure for high pressure .45 Colt loads intended for use only in the Blackhawk revolver and Contender pistol.

803 start

W-296/H-110* 20.4 gr. 2 6.1 gr.

719 (very mild) That is, until I tried IMR 4227 with Lyman’s #452424 and a 20.0-grain load, and that combination produced one-hole groups. 868 (cowboy load) New (2005) Trail Boss is very bulky and very consistent. 871 Hi=938 Lo=797 ES=141 (Colt Anaconda 6") I've also had good results with 231 with the 250 gr.

731 762 minimum # my actual in 4 5/8" bbl revolver "We recommend that these loads be used in new or once-fired cases known to be of recent manufacture.". Titegroup 7.0 gr. Nitro 100 use 4.9 to 5.5 grains (old formulation 641 (mild) Universal 7.3 gr. I can tell you as an experienced reloader that I get much better case life from all .44 Magnum reloads than I do from standard pressure loads in .45 Colt brass. H110* 20.0 gr. 1,180###

Unique 10.8 gr.

Trail Boss 6.4 gr. There simply is not much that cannot be accomplished with the 45 Colt. 2400* 16.2 gr. 713 cowboy mild When time is a problem, actually when sometimes my own energy is the problem, I look to Oregon Trail Bullets. (Hi=809.2 Lo=792.6 Spread=16.6 fps) Hornady 185 grain JHP Sierra

9 14.6 gr. Trail Boss 6.0 gr.

810 888 start My powders of choice are Clays, HP-38, HS-6, Universal, Trail Boss, H110, IMR 4227, W296, and W231. 5 11.0 gr. AA5744 17.0 gr.

811 max There is nothing magical about .45 caliber bullets, although some folks seem to think that there is. Clays 6.0 gr. This EXCEEDS MAX LOAD, Use at OWN RISK) Instead of being overly large, Rugers have been way too tight, with some measuring around 0.449 inch, but now Ruger is cutting all cylinder throats at 0.451 to 0.452 inch. There is also a better selection of .429" bullets for the handloader. 700 (MAX) Nitro 100 7.3 to 8.1 gr. Lil'Gun* 18.0 gr. HP38 6.5 gr. Unique 8.6 gr. Then comes the Freedom Arms Model 97, the original Ruger Vaquero, Ruger Blackhawk, Ruger Redhawk, and the Ruger Super Redhawk. I don't ride on a prepared track; I ride on city streets and bike paths. 5 10.7 gr. HS6## 10.5 gr.

It is an excellent compromise between the 250- and 300-grain cast bullets.

(being copper plated, I should have loaded this bullet much hotter in some above) (Hi=877.7 Lo=803.0 Spread=74.7 fps) (No.

824 Hi=876, Lo=759, ES=117 Universal 9.5 gr. VV N340 6.6 gr.


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