Old Model 45 first blood

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  1. Fla Trooper 265

    Fla Trooper 265

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    My Old Model Ruger 45 Colt's first kill. 130 pound wild hog. One shot to the neck. DRT. P_20190717_175712.jpg
     
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    Congrats.

    Those are lovely old revolvers. .45 Colt is my favorite big bore.
     
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    Rellik Kwisatz Haderach in Training

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    Load data is MANDATORY for these posts.
    You have been warned, else you incure penalties that makes violating Continnentel rules a cake walk.
    Good job though! :cheers:
     
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    Sorry Buddy they were Ga Arms 255 grain reloads. Accurate and powerful.
     
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    Rellik Kwisatz Haderach in Training

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    Good enough!
    Took my first hog with a 45 RedHawk, Hornady 255 XTP, 24gr 296. Hodgdon takes the powder charge even higher in their reloading annuals.
     
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    I quit reloading a while back. I am going to have to start back to feed the Old Model 45 Colt Thankfully it has a 45 acp cylinder.
     
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    Rellik Kwisatz Haderach in Training

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    Have you read John Linebaugh's papers on the big bores?
    CustomSixguns.com
     
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    No When I handloaded 45 Colt I didn't try to make it a magnum. I generally loaded a 200 grain semi wadcutter over 10 grains of unique powder. While the ruger can take hot loads, I also have a S & W 25-5 and I have to take it easy with her.
     
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    Awesome

    Congrats! :cool:
     
  10. Fla Trooper 265

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    Snuck they sure are.
     
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    I don't currently load the .45 hot either, usually 8 grains of Unique with a 250 lead semi-wadcutter.

    If I want heavy bullets going fast, its 21 grains of 2400 behind a 240 in a .44 mag. Not particularly hot for .44, but adequate.
     
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    Nice pig, gun, hat & pic. Good job FT!
     
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    Nice job.

    Congrats!

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    Thanks for the complements G19 DB. Especially the hat, I am kind of fond of that old Stetson.
     
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    By old model, does that mean one made before they changed the number of screws.

    I don't know Ruger SA, so just curious.
     
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    I like SA's and wanted to shoot a 45 Colt, but not the expense. Found a New Vaquero with both the 45 Colt and 45 ACP cylinders. Unfortunately, since they are built on the old frame, can't take the heavier 45 Colt loads.
     
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    Old Models refer to all Ruger Single Actions made before 1972 or 1973 when they changed to the New Model. The New Model has a transfer bar that makes carrying all chambers loaded safe. Old Models have three Screws and no transfer bar. Old Models, to be safe must be carried with an empty chamber under the hammer. If carried with a loaded round under the hammer, a blow to the hammer or if the sixgun is dropped, the round could go off. Hope this helps. There is nothing wrong with New Models, they are great guns. They are safer for those people who are not accustomed to single actions. But us old hands love the Old Models.
     
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    I'm proud of you! Good photo, kudos to whoever took it. The 45 Colt is a stopper and I took a hog of a similar size with my Ruger Convertible 45 with the same exact load Dbuck 47 stated.
    Ruger Blackhawk 45.jpeg
     
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    Bill I always liked that poster of Tex and Patches. Bill I have been a 45 man since I heard that old Texas Ranger quote. Someone asked a Texas Ranger why he carried a Colt 45. The Old Ranger replied because Colt don't make a 46.
     
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    The new vaqueros are not built on the old frame. The old frame whether it was new model or old model was larger and stronger and the cylinders were larger in diameter.

    Ruger downsized the new frames to make them more like the Colt SAA.
     
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