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I remember reading a while back (on GBO I think) that the oversize throat of the Ruger 45 colt made it hard to get good accuracy with cast bullets? Did I read/remember correctly or am I all wet? I'm thinking of a wheel gun again and the 45 colt is appealing to me with cast bullets. BTW I would probably be casting my own bullets as I already own the equipment (except for molds) to do so.

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Since Bill died and new management took over Ruger has cleaned up their act. They are putting correctly sized throats on their revolvers now. All of them I've bought in the last several years have been right on and way more accurate than I am these days.



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It was the other way around, undersized throats in the cylinder for the barrel bore/groove dimensions; not uncommon on the 45Colt's., not so much on the 357s and 44s. The usual fix is to throat ream the cyl. to a min. of barrel groove dia. Older models, used or new, may still have this issue. They often shoot jacketed bullets OK but are a disaster with lead alloy (even hard alloy), and most of us cant afford to shoot much jacketed.
Many of the newer models are better in this regard, though one can get a tight spot just at the cyl. chamber proper transition to the actual throat or a constriction in the barrel portion that screws into the frame.
Are you dead-set on a 45? The reports on the 44s have been quite good and although it is really a .43 it is a dandy in either 44Spl or 44Mag with cast bullets and have plenty of thwack. My 357 50th Anniv. model is splendid and economical to boot.
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All the Rugers I own are accurate, especially the 1911 it's on a par with pistols costing twice what it did.
The competition shooters from horseback out in Arizona all use the Ruger Vaquero, some of them are all factory and haven't had anything done to them.
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Thanks everyone!

Gcrank, a 44 mag is on my list as is a 41 mag. I was mainly info gathering on the 45 colt as I remember reading about the throat issues in some pistols.

If I buy a 45 colt and it doesn't shoot cast well (my loads will mostly all be self cast reloads) how difficult is the fix?

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It is not difficult, IF you have the right revolver chamber throating reamer. IMO most are better served by sending just the cylinder (after it proves if it is a shooter with lead, or not) to one of the specialists who do just such work. Hopefully someone here has a link for that or will maybe do one for you.
My first suggestion was going to be for a chap called www.cylindersmith.com but I cant get his site/homepage to come up. He did good work for some friends a while back and I think last year was only doing 45's. There will be others if he no longer does.

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Simple as sizing your bullets to your cyl mouths... Measure, buy/cast and move on. EASY PEASY.

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Wont do it if the cyl. throats are smaller than the barrel groove dia. unless maybe you shoot soft lead with black powder so they will 'bump up' in the barrel forcing cone.
They will shoot, that is to say, they will go out the end of the barrel, leaving leading in the bore and after the first few shots have no accuracy.
Lots of us have BTDT.

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Wont do it if the cyl. throats are smaller than the barrel groove dia. unless maybe you shoot soft lead with black powder so they will 'bump up' in the barrel forcing cone.
They will shoot, that is to say, they will go out the end of the barrel, leaving leading in the bore and after the first few shots have no accuracy.
Lots of us have BTDT.
Yea huh... Then just ream cyl to barrel and your done! :

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