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Old 06-06-2008, 07:55 PM
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I'm planning on reloading for my Ruger New Model Blackhawk 45 Colt and figured I'd ask what components you guys would recommend. I'll be making one load for grizzly protection/ big game hunting and one for economical plinking. So far I'm planning on using Starline brass for both loads and either the 200gr RNFP or 250gr RNFP Chey-Cast bullets for my plinking loads (gotta support the WY company). I'm still trying to decide on a bullet for my stout +P loads (thinking 300+ gr hardcast) and powder for both the plinking and bear loads. Any recommendations?
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:39 PM
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A 300 gr. LBT style bullet will be a good choice for grizzly. Good luck.
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:15 AM
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I'm planning on reloading for my Ruger New Model Blackhawk 45 Colt and figured I'd ask what components you guys would recommend. I'll be making one load for grizzly protection/ big game hunting and one for economical plinking. So far I'm planning on using Starline brass for both loads and either the 200gr RNFP or 250gr RNFP Chey-Cast bullets for my plinking loads (gotta support the WY company). I'm still trying to decide on a bullet for my stout +P loads (thinking 300+ gr hardcast) and powder for both the plinking and bear loads. Any recommendations?
Using Elmer Keith's Lyman #454424 bullet cast of wheelweights and heat-treated to Brinell 22, mine weigh 268 grains. I use 18 grains of 2400 with them in my Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt. MV is slightly over 1200 FPS, and they penetrate deeply, with little or no deformation. A 300-grainer of the same shape would perhaps be a little better......

If bullets are made TOO hard, they can shatter on impact, rather than holding together.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:58 PM
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For the heavy stuff I have a LEE mold that casts a 300 grain flat nose w/gas check. For powder, 25 grains of WW 296 or H 110 and a CCI Large Rifle magnum primer to light it off. The load is from, let me think, either the Sierra or Harnady loading book. I use the same powder charge when loading Hornady 300 grain XTP's.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:44 PM
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You might also try using .454 Casull brass trimmed to 45LC length when loading +P loads.You'll get more reloads out of them than you would using regular brass. They are a very stout case.
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