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45 Colt Range Day

Post by Headhog » Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:32 pm

Weather was looking good today so I packed up my Marlin 1894 Cowboy and Ruger NMBH and headed to the range. I put together some 45 Colt loads back in October, but for several reasons just haven't had a chance to test them out. The load I was testing was some 185 gr. LSWC bullet pushed along by 8.8 gr. of Universal. I decided to make these rounds to get rid of the wadcutters that I found were sitting under my bench from about 25 years. I used them, for my 45 at one time, when I shot bullseye pistol matches.

The first target is a 5 shot group at 50 yds. of my go to 45 Colt load, 250 gr. Missouri Bullets RNFP with 7.2 gr. of Universal.

250 gr. MB load
250 gr. MB load
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The next target is the 185 gr. LSWC bullet. The group moved a little to the right, but that could been me. This range faces directly into the sun this time of year.

185 gr LSWC
185 gr LSWC
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1894 & Ruger NMBH
1894 & Ruger NMBH
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I was very please of the results of the test load with the 185 gr LSWC. Another plus is that this load shot just as well out of the Ruger NMBH. Also the recoil was very pleasant in the Ruger.

Overall it was a nice day at the range shooting and enjoying the 50 F weather. i managed to burn up 100 rounds of 45 Colt just having fun.

Paul
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Re: 45 Colt Range Day

Post by fortyshooter » Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:43 pm

Wonder how those 185's would run with some Red Dot? Good shootin with the big ol' 45 !
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Re: 45 Colt Range Day

Post by Headhog » Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:51 pm

fortyshooter wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:43 pm
Wonder how those 185's would run with some Red Dot? Good shootin with the big ol' 45 !
Actually that's what I used when I loaded them for my 45 ACP. Grouped very nicely from my old Colt 45 Government model. :D

I used up my last Red Dot about 2 years ago and haven't been able to get any since. :x

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Post by BigAl52 » Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:10 pm

Nice shooting there Paul.
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Re: 45 Colt Range Day

Post by wolfman » Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:49 am

Great shooting, and a nice brace of irons you got there.
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Post by zara_puppy » Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:35 pm

Excellent shooting!
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Re: 45 Colt Range Day

Post by Oldbrass » Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:35 pm

Great shooting indeed. That's some nice leather work on the Marlin..I wonder if Ruger will bring those rifles back .
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Re: 45 Colt Range Day

Post by Headhog » Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:08 pm

Oldbrass wrote:
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:35 pm
Great shooting indeed. That's some nice leather work on the Marlin..I wonder if Ruger will bring those rifles back .
That leather comes from Jon Klein at Gun Stock Covers. He does a great job and provides a super product. I believe Ruger is on track to bring Marlin back. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will reintroduce the 1894 later this year.

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Re: 45 Colt Range Day

Post by RanchRoper » Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:55 pm

Nicely done, looks like a great day!
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