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Old 04-17-2012, 08:18   #1
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Could you shoot .45 ACP out of .45 Long Colt revolver?

I have a Colt Single Action Army in .45. LC. Is there any way to get moon clips or something to shoot .45 ACP rounds out of it? The cost of .45 LC ammo is killing me!
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:53   #2
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I have a Colt Single Action Army in .45. LC. Is there any way to get moon clips or something to shoot .45 ACP rounds out of it? The cost of .45 LC ammo is killing me!
AFAIK the moon clips would hold the cartridges back too far to close the cylinder and rotate reliably.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:56   #3
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You would have to cut the rear of the cylinder in order to use full moon clips and you'd also have to remove the cylinder to load the clip, way too much hassle. If you want to shoot both 45acp and 45Colt then why not just get a Ruger with both cylinders. The 45acp cylinder is set up to head space properly without the need for any clip or gadget.

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Spend $100 bucks on a Lee Reloading set up and load your own 45Colt and it'll be a lot cheaper then buying factory stuff.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:02   #4
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Peacemaker Specialists has .45 ACP cylinders for $295. Probably some gunsmithing expense to get one fitted. But hey, for $400 or so you could buy your ammo at cheapmart.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:35   #6
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Ding, Ding, Ding, we have a winner. If you also learn to cast your own bullets you can load up a box of 45 Colt for around $3 bucks. Welcome to the Wonderful World of saving money on ammo.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:39   #7
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Some great answers here. Thanks guys. It is probably correct that the space between the cylinder and the frame is inadeqate for .45 ACP.

I will certainly look into Peacemaker Specialists' custom .45 ACP cylinders.
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Seriously, I know it's not for everyone, but .45 Colt is probably my favorite handgun cartridge to load. If you shoot any kind of volume at all, you'll break even on your tooling up costs in no time. It's all gravy from there.

In fact, you know you're a reloading addict when you have five or more "favorite" loads for .45 Colt:


-250 grain "Ruger Only"
-255 grain lswc loaded to cowboy levels
-250 Gold Dot standard pressure defense load
-Any 300 grain load because it's 300 grains
-...and a 200 grain rnfp cowboy load because it looks more genuinely "Old West" than the lswc.

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:23   #9
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I started handloading 357Mag ammo when I was 19 years old with a Lee Loader tool, what a pain but it did set me up with the fundamentals of handloading and I've never looked back. You get such freedom when you learn how to "roll your own" because as long as you can get a bullet mold and dies you can load ANYTHING and save a boat load of cash. Heck, I was even using 32/20 Win brass to load up 7.62 Nagant ammo for a modified M-95 Nagant revolver that I use to have. no paying high prices for Nagant ammo, roll my own, about $3 bucks a box with a home cast bullet.
If you have the funds and want a really compact set up that you can actually take with you check out the Lyman 310 Tool. If you want a set-up for home you can get a Lee Anniversary Kit for just a tad over $100 bucks, it'll give you everything you need to get started then you can upgrade the press and scale later on when funds allow.
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http://www.tkcustom.com/content/exam...e-cylinder.htm

I keep this in my bookmarks for when I have the money. It is about $200 to get a cylinder milled to accept moons and still retain head spacing off the rear of the cylinder.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:58   #11
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For the cost of a custom cylinder, etc, a simple reloading rig makes much more sense, I use the Lee hand press and a Lee single stage bench model for most of my big bore revolver rounds. You are talking about a single action revolver, so you are not exactly dumping a 15 rd magazine in 10 seconds anyway.
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