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Today I went to the range with a variety of loads for my Birdshead Vaquero (4.75") and amongst the bunch was a load consisting of 22 gr. of H110 under a 240 gr. LSWC ignited with a CCI 350 primer. I also had the same round except for 23 gr. of 296. Now I'm here to tell ya friends, thems flat powerful rounds and when I finish shoot'm up its most likely I'll never make a round that hot for the big Vaq. ever again. They are accurate but BRUDDA them suckies do kick! I sorta feel like I'm right out there on the ragged edge and having survived 62 years on the planet I've learned to not tarry there long! :lol:
 

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I know how you feel. I made up some full power 44 magnums with 300 grain bullets. It's surprising how much more recoil there is by going from 240 to 300 grains. However, the added penetration is stupendous. I can't believe how much the 300 grainers will penetrate. Next time I'm in the mood I'll try making up a batch of 300 grainers that are not quite full power. I'll bet most of the penetration will be there and the recoil will be less hostile.
 

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Up in the Hangun Hunting forum they're talking about 45 Colt loads consisting of a 240 gr. cast bullet and 25+ gr. of H110!! Some guy even said he was using 22 gr. of H110 under a 300 gr. jacketed bullet. That's gotta do a real number on a guy's hand, wrist, and elbow.
 

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I don't recall the specific data, but that seems pretty hot. I wonder where they got that data. Are you sure they're not loading a 454 Casull?
 

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Speer #9 had the really hot data for .45 Colt in Rugers.
 

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I load 21 grains of H110 under a 300 grain lead bullet for my Ruger Bisley and T/C Contender. Pretty stout load, but no problem and very accurate! BTW, Hodgdon # 25 has lots of good 45 colt loads. 8)
 

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The only time I shoot a sissy load is for CAS (Cowboy Action Shooting). :wink:

My other guns are for hunting and I load them for hunting purposes. I load my .45 Colt, SBH Hunter with 300 gr XTP HP bullets and 19.5 Grs. of H108 (WC820). I get a .151" group @ 50 yds. with a average velocity of 1106 fps. Now tha is a mild load, but very accurate.

I also have a cast bullet, GC, that I love. It is a 305 Gr. RNFP-GC, from Bonus Bullets, with 22 grs. of H108. This is a hot moving load, average velocity of 1387 fps in my SBH 7 1/2". it grouped just under an inch at 50 yards.

Now if we talk about my second love, my 629 Classic, then we are really talking about a hand cannon!!! :-D

I'll leave hat for another time. :wink:
 

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H110/296 in .45 Colt

I have seen Ross Seyfreid posting in Handloader Magazine a load of 27.5grs 296 under a Hornady 250gr XTP! Talk about stout!!! jd45
 

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Re: H110/296 in .45 Colt

I have seen Ross Seyfreid posting in Handloader Magazine a load of 27.5grs 296 under a Hornady 250gr XTP! Talk about stout!!!
That was most likely for one of his 5-shot Bowden revolvers, not for a standard Ruger BH. Still, Hodgdon recommends a max load for the .45LC of 26.5 grains of H110 with the 250 XTP for 29,800 cup. This is much hotter than the Speer #9 data, which listed a max load with the 225-grain HP of just 26.5 grains of W296, and just 23.5 grains with the 250 SWC. BTW, H110 = W296.
 

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I have come to the conclusion

that Rugers can take more than I can. :)
My first 'ruger only ' loads brought a Hogue-stocked 7 1/2" blackhawk almost straight up.Fun for a while,but not for long.Not for this 'kid'.
I'll take my wussy cas loads any day for plinking,and my lever gun for heavy duty plinking.
 
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