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Old 12-02-2013, 03:59 PM
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.45 colt

I know this is a long range forum, but..
Last night I loaded up some 250 grain jacketed flat nose bullets with blue dot. I wanted something that I could shoot through my ruger vaquero AND my mod. 94 lever action. Shot them this morning, and they were incredibly accurate through both the pistol and the rifle. Problem is, 2 out of the 10 brass split down the side out of the mod. 94. None of the brass shot through the vaquero showed signs of pressure. Is there more pressure in the rifle just because of the barrel being longer?

I used 10.4 grains of blue dot, (minimum load according to hornaday book), and it also says "do not reduce"

Maybe the 2 that split were just old, and a coincidence.

I put a pretty heavy crimp on them.

any .45 colt reloaders out there? thanks, Dan
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:27 PM
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Re: .45 colt

I have a super Blackhawk 44 mag and a model 94 with the same results. My conclusions the model 94 has a sloppy chamber
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:56 PM
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Re: .45 colt

Well... I guess that's better than too much pressure..

I didn't want to have to change the load because it was shooting 2" groups with the pistol at 15 yds., and 3/4" groups with the rifle.

By the way, it was the Nosler book, not Hornaday
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:13 PM
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Re: .45 colt

with thin cases like the 44rm and 45lc a hot load will not pop out of the cylinder easy. And if by chance you have to remove the cylinder from the revolver and put it in a vise to knock out the empty then you can rest assured that your load may be a tad hot.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:12 PM
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Re: .45 colt

Brass splitting lengthwise is not a sign of excessive pressure but rather old hardened brass. BTW, I have loaded 45LC waaaay beyond the load the OP described in his post, i.e. a 335 GCFP bullet at 1193 ft/sec using H110.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:40 PM
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Re: .45 colt

be VERY VERY sure that you have the CORRECT charge when using blue dot, it can RAPIDLY build pressure spikes.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:01 PM
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Re: .45 colt

I'm not sure why it would do that but have you ever tried a different powder? Maybe lil gun or h110 might be a good choice.
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