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The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by fortyshooter » Thu Nov 17, 2022 7:33 pm

Spent a chilly breezy afternoon with a Smith&Wesson that Smith got right... the 25-7 Model of 1989 Colt 45 shooter.
Brought along 4 of my loads and setup a plate target at 9 yds and all shots to be double action only. My left hand finger joint all back to normal but
used my shooting glove anyway...it was a breezy 45 F today.
Amazing that whatever of my loads today including the short 45 Colt Cowboy Specials all went into nice tight groups...I wore out the center with the
Cowboy Special loads just to shoot most of them up. Had made these for a Ruger New Vaquero .45 ACP revolver I used to have.
Smith got all things right with this run of revolver back in 1989 and it puts them all right there without fuss plus shoots lead bullets spotless clean too!
I loved those 260 gr WFN cast bullets loaded with 8.8 Unique and they carry some punch down range....great woods load! The thing just shoots anything good! Had one of my 260 gr. loads with an older Starline case split and guess it had been used quite a bit as this is a standard Colt loading but at the top.

Yep this one isn't going anywhere!

Also after some heavy rain several days ago my creek is back to normal for now and after checking my trail camera I had 50 videos of a good group of deer running around bucks of 2 4 6 and 8 point and several doe. Yes a fantastic range afternoon today!
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Re: The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by DsGrouse » Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:05 pm

have you tried imr 4227 in 45 colt and 357 mag?
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Re: The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by fortyshooter » Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:51 pm

DsGrouse wrote:
Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:05 pm
have you tried imr 4227 in 45 colt and 357 mag?
Nope never have. Have used Alliant 2400 for the Ruger level 45 Colt though but stick with Unique and Red Dot for standard level loads.
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Re: The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by Vaquero » Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:31 am

Forty, I like those 260 gr WFN, where did you find those?

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Re: The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by DsGrouse » Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:27 am

I keep running across imr 4227 in my load books. So i picked up a tub of it. Here is an interesting article that has some additional thoughts on it.
https://www.gunsandammo.com/editorial/4 ... ata/370003

And another older lever guns article with some load data

https://leverguns.com/articles/paco/45coltlevergun.htm

It looks like it will be a good powder, for my 300 black out, 357 mag, 45 colt, 454 Cassul, 350 legend, 450 bushmaster, and a few other loads.
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Re: The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by DsGrouse » Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:33 am

Vaquero wrote:
Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:31 am
Forty, I like those 260 gr WFN, where did you find those?

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I have been using these 265 from cast performance and found them to be very good.
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1988117280?pid=919778

matts bullets has an excellent 260 grain kieth in .452 and .454
https://www.mattsbullets.com/index.php? ... 1kitrrfm63
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Re: The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by fortyshooter » Fri Nov 18, 2022 10:50 am

Vaquero wrote:
Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:31 am
Forty, I like those 260 gr WFN, where did you find those?

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Trying to remember it had been several years and searching thru casters to find out. Have to dig thru my load data and see if I wrote it down since I would like to order more of them. Most likely they were gas checked too.
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Post by fortyshooter » Fri Nov 18, 2022 10:54 am

DsGrouse wrote:
Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:33 am
Vaquero wrote:
Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:31 am
Forty, I like those 260 gr WFN, where did you find those?

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I have been using these 265 from cast performance and found them to be very good.
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1988117280?pid=919778

That's the bullet and thanks for posting the link!
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Post by Rifletom » Fri Nov 18, 2022 11:02 am

forty, any idea how many loadings thru that Starline case before it split?
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Re: The "Right Stuff" 45 Colt shooter......

Post by Vaquero » Fri Nov 18, 2022 11:45 am

fortyshooter wrote:
Fri Nov 18, 2022 10:54 am
DsGrouse wrote:
Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:33 am
Vaquero wrote:
Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:31 am
Forty, I like those 260 gr WFN, where did you find those?

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I have been using these 265 from cast performance and found them to be very good.
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1988117280?pid=919778

That's the bullet and thanks for posting the link!
Thanks to the both of you.
I see they have some in stock, believe I'll grab a couple.
Thanks again.

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