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45 Colt Rifle on hogs #7713030 01/09/20 09:13 PM
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Anyone currently using a .45 Colt rifle for hogs?

What have been the results?

What factory ammo or handloads did you use?

What bullets worked well at about what speeds?

Thanks!

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Re: 45 Colt Rifle on hogs [Re: tacotime] #7713839 01/10/20 08:31 PM
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I put this one together last summer, haven't yet used on hogs, due to a shortage of volunteers. With handloaded Berry's 250 gr plated bullets its dead on at 100; gas checked 300 grain cast bullets run about 4" left of that. I never load anything to "max", but both these are "warm."

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What 300 grain bullets are you using? Which mold made them?

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nice set up

Re: 45 Colt Rifle on hogs [Re: rickt300] #7714262 01/11/20 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by rickt300
What 300 grain bullets are you using? Which mold made them?


Rick,
They're out of the LEE C452-300-RF mold.


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Re: 45 Colt Rifle on hogs [Re: tacotime] #7716231 01/13/20 02:49 PM
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What speed are you running those Berry's? Do you think the copper plating is stripping off in the bore? I was thinking these bullets were just intended for handgun velocities. I wonder about copper fouling at the higher speeds.

I once recovered a fired plated bullet and it appeared that the lands had cut through the plating, but I guess that was expected, since it was only a plating and not a jacket.

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I’ve had really good luck with a 300 grain FPGC out of a 44 mag rifle at about 1600fps. I would figure the same out of a 45 would work just as well.


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Originally Posted by tacotime
What speed are you running those Berry's? Do you think the copper plating is stripping off in the bore? I was thinking these bullets were just intended for handgun velocities. I wonder about copper fouling at the higher speeds.

I once recovered a fired plated bullet and it appeared that the lands had cut through the plating, but I guess that was expected, since it was only a plating and not a jacket.


I've read that plated bullets ought to be loaded at/kept to cast bullet velocities. I don't have a chrono, but Lyman's rifle data for a cast 250 slug shows 9.0 as max for Unique, velocity of 1157. Ya DO need to flare the case mouth with those plated bullets or they will shave a bit when seating. Those that I have dug out of the berm have been deformed with the plating split, but not due to the rifling cutting too deeply. Frankly, I'm inclined to just go with the 300 grain gas checked FPs once the Berry's are used up, simply because I've got plenty of lead and gas checks.


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