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.45 Colt

The .45 Colt (often incorrectly called the .45 Long Colt), was introduced in the single action Colt revolver in 1873. Two years later, it was adopted by the U.S. Army and served there until it was replaced by the less powerful .38 Long Colt in 1892. Originally loaded with a 255 grain lead bullet pushed out the muzzle at 810 fps by 40 grains of black powder, the big cartridge generated a then impressive muzzle energy of 378 foot pounds. Today, Colt's .45 caliber cartridge is loaded with smokeless powder to a nominal muzzle velocity of 855 fps with 250 and 255 grain bullets and a 225 grain bullet at 900 fps. During its heyday, the .45 Colt was the magnum of revolver cartridges. Only the .44 Specialwith its 360 foot pounds of energy came close to matching its punch. Even though the various modern day magnums have pushed the old 45 to the bottom of the performance charts, it still has enough life left to be used for hunting game up to whitetails in size at woods ranges. A 250 grain bullet loaded to about 1000 fps and fired in a modern revolver such as the Ruger Blackhawk delivers about as much energy at 50 yards as does the .357 Magnum, and it punches a much bigger hole through things once it gets there. 

This text is based on information from “Cartridges of the World”, Hodgdon reloading manual, the cartridge designer and/or own resources.

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Alliant Unique
Hodgdon H110
Hodgdon HS-6
Hodgdon Lil'Gun
Hodgdon Universal
Vectan BA9
Vihtavuori N110
Winchester 231
Winchester 296

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ID: Bullet weight: Bullet name: Powder:
234 300 grs
Sierra flat nose Lil Gun
296 250 grs
Lead RNFP Nitro-100
302 250 grs
Cast, mimek Roundnose flatpoint Vihtavuori
323 285 grs
hornady great plains h777
354 230 grs
reiner plated imr pb
367 255 grs
LRF VihtaVuori N320
416 300 grs
NwCP Rebated Boattail Blue Dot
417 300 grs
NwCP Rebated Boattail Blue Dot
475 250 grs
Berry's TMJ flat point Trail Boss
562 200 grs
rnfp unique
578 250 grs
Montana Bullet Works Trail Boss
689 200 grs
721 250 grs
Hornady HP Alliant Blue Dot
722 250 grs
Hornady XTP Alliant Blue Dot
754 255 grs
Rim Rock Unique
851 250 grs
Hornady XTP W231
852 250 grs
Oregon Trail LRFN W231
853 250 grs
Oregon Trail with 'Glow Ammo' cold tracer W231
894 230 grs
rn imr800x
1600 180 grs
Jörg Laue Vihtavuori
18739 230 grs
H&N .452 RN Hodgdon HP 38
24787 340 grs
Montana Bullet Works WFNGC Lil'gun
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