I've been thinking about getting a 45 LC Rossi for some time now. Having just read an article by Chuck Hawkes I'm now put of the idea. In the article he states that the 45 cases won't handle more than 2-3 moderate reloads before the case mouth shows signs of splitting he also states the 45 can't be loaded to duplicate 44 magnum performance (safely). I'm now wondering if I'll be better of with a Rossi 44 magnum?
The loads I had in mind (45 LC) - 300gr XTP hornardy @ 1050 fps close up load for shooting bailed pigs and a 300 sp Speer @ 1500 -1600 fps as a general hunting load. The Rossi I have in mind is the 16" stainless steel model.
Whats your guys Thoughts?
45 Colt brass strength:
I've been loading the same lot of 1500 rounds of brass for about 18 years. No kidding! I typically load a medium to heavy loads in them; 250g RNFP cast bullet at about 1050 to 1100 fps from a 7 1/2 inch Blackhawk. (NOTE: these are NOT loads that can be used in a Colt revolver or any other similar revolver....T/C and Ruger Blackhawks only!!
How many times have I loaded this stuff? Well, in a typical year I shoot about 750 to 1000. About 10 years ago it was more like 1500 to 2000 per year. So, on average, I'd say that my brass has been loaded about 8 to 10 times each. This is nickel plated R-P brass. I've loaded it so much that a few are starting to show plating wear from polishing.
How many cracked cases do I get per year? Probably about five to ten, that's 1/2 to 1 percent. I'd say that this percentage is typical of any caliber, regardless of the age of the brass.
I don't know why this brass has lasted so long, perhaps the nickel plating, perhaps the powder I've chosen to use develops lower pressures than some of the other choices...
I don't really know. To be honest, I'm quite amazed that they've lasted so long. What I do know is that there are a whole lot of options to be had when loading the 45 Colt as compared to other revolver calibers. They can be loaded light, heavy, jacketed, cast, and with a whole lot of varying powders; black powder and smokeless. The 45 Colt can be used for plinking, cowboy shooting, and even the heaviest of hunting applications where many of the other calibers fall short. If you're a reloader, I would certainly choose the 45 Colt over a 44 magnum. However, if you're not a reloader, I'd strongly consider the 44 mag if you're looking at hunting with your rifle. Factory loads of 44 mag ammo are much stronger than the average 45 Colt factory loads and typically, the 44 mag is a little cheaper and probably a little more readily available.
....just my take when comparing the two calibers.