45 Colt for whitetail deer

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  1. clancy

    clancy Oh, for a muse of fire

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    I have a question regarding the .45 Colt and whether or not it is adequate for whitetail deer. I know a .44 magnum would be the better choice, but I don't have one, nor will I have the funds for one in the foreseeable future. I have a S&W Model 25 with a 5 inch barrel I can shoot cloverleaf with at 20 paces. That would be a long shot where I plan on hunting, because it is a swampy area.

    I am trying to decide between loading a hardcast lead, 250 grain semi-wadcutter, going at around 900fps, or using Winchester Silvertips. I would have no hesitation using it against a 200lb. man, so I figure either load would do well on a 100-150 lb. deer. I should add that my hunting is going to be very limited this year due to health issues. I am taking 2 different blood thinners for a clot in my leg, and will be using my atv to get to and from where I will be hunting. I normally would use a rifle, but I bruise so damn easily because of the blood thinners I really don't want to shoot a rifle right now.

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. nitesit(+ an e)

    nitesit(+ an e) Farmer, House Sitter and Cook

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    Of course it would be excellent. Early US Army trials found that a 250-gr .45 Colt could shoot thru a horse. Your deer will fall like a bag of wet cement if your shot placement is right.
     
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    As long as the barrel length is ok in your state and caliber is also legal, get out there and hunt
     
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    Not much will stop a 250gr lswc moving at 950-1000fps, within the 625 ability. Hunting is about getting to vitals from any reasonable Angie.
     
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  6. ChiefWPD

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    Well, not exactly. You're referring to the Thompson/LaGarde tests of 1904. A partial copy of the report may be found here:

    http://unblinkingeye.com/Guns/TLGR/tlgr.html

    No projectiles went through the animals shot (cattle and horses). What I found most interesting is that most of the animals shot showed little or no effect when initially struck by the assorted handgun rounds in the test, although some were startled by the sound of the gunfire.

    Thought you all might be interested in the above.
     
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  7. ithaca_deerslayer

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    I think either load would work fine, but you need to first go into the general firearms forum and try the October challenge and show us your cloverleafs :)
     
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    Any caliber RN transmits little force to the target, just punches a smooth hole. Change to a large meplat flat point or SWC, things change quite a bit. There really is no reason to use a RN bullet in this day & age. Cup point a large caliber swc, things get really interesting.
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  9. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 JABRONI AUTIST

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    The .45 Colt is definitely a favorite of mine and will prove deadly on deer even with very moderate loads. Check out the standard pressure Buffalo Bore options, they offer a 255 hardcast that should do the trick just fine.
     
  10. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    Looks like a very good .45LC load.
     
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    Yes I love this bullet in the colt. If I need more penetration, I can cast it w/o the hp.
     
  12. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    Yes - HP casting is a bit more work.
     
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    Not a reloader. Recently found 50 rd boxes of Federal American Eagle 225 gr jacketed soft point on sale at Cabela's. Going to give them a try out my Ruger Redhawk (4.2" bbl) to see how they perform on white-tailed deer.
     
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    Not really. Ther are custom molds available that will do 4 at a drop at almost the same speed as none hp. Then again, I don't need many lhp to hunt with.
     
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    Either load will work fine. The states I hunt in require "expanding" bullets, so a solid lead, SWC might be questionable. Your state may have different rules. I have also found jacketed bullets are more accurate than solid lead bullets - all other things being equal - though at 20 yards that accuracy difference may be negligible.

    Have fun in the woods!
     
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    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    I think that a .45 LC round that worked well on humans out in the wild west would do well with a deer.
     
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    SJ 40 Deplorable,Clinger

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    Used a 250 gr,SWC cast of 1/20 about 9 to 10 BHN over 37.0 grs.2 fg. Swiss powder, compressed,to drop a 170 ish lb. 4 point whitetail,sort of like dropping a bag of cement mix.
    That was fired out of a replica 1873 winchester rifle at about 65 yards,there wasn't that much of a velocity gain over that of a pistol.

    It will do the trick. SJ 40
     
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    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    Good shooting, sir.
     
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    I am not able to explain it better than John Linebaugh

    http://bit.ly/linebaugh_on_45colt
     
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    I've taken several white tail deer with my G21 using factory loaded Winchester 230 gr JHP Personal Protection rounds. 2 dropped where I shot them and 1 jumped on the air and ram maybe 10 yards. Bullet penetration and retention was fantastic. It's all about shot placement, shooting at a range you are comfortable with, and familiarity with your pistol. Good luck and have fun!