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    Junior Member Gvnam is on a distinguished road
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    Looking to reload .45 long colt. Anyone know of any good loads, places for cheap brass and accessories for reloading would be helpful too.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I like Graf's and Sons for reloading equipment and supplies:

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    Your 45LC is one of the best candidates for reloading because the factory supply of that cartridge varys due to manufacturers demand on their other cartridges. As matter of fact, twice or more in the last 10 years the 45LC was almost impossible to find on the shelf!
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    What powder and amount do you use for reloading? I can't use anything too hot because my rifle is Not rated for +P.

    I've been looking everywhere for reload charts on the .45 LC and can't find any.

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    And also, what velocity is it considered to be a +P round? I'm hoping to go deer hi ting with my Circuit Judge and want to go as hot as possible without taking it to +P.

    Thank you!!

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    Here are some websites with load data for all calibers: After clicking on the caliber, click "Get Data"
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    i reload the 45 Colt using the Classic Lee Loader. I know, I know.......obselete, old school, and slow.......but we like it.
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    we use the supplied dipper with Hodgdon Clays powder....
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    winchester primers
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    Hornady 255 gr lead bullet
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    just supply your own hammer.......
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    Win231, thanks that really helps me out a lot! None of my reloading books have anything on .45 LC. But how do I know that the round isn't too hot to shoot through my gun?

    Deputy, that also really helps. The only thing is I'm trying to stay away from full lead bullets. I'm looking for jacketed.

    Thank you all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gvnam View Post
    Win231, thanks that really helps me out a lot! None of my reloading books have anything on .45 LC. But how do I know that the round isn't too hot to shoot through my gun?

    Deputy, that also really helps. The only thing is I'm trying to stay away from full lead bullets. I'm looking for jacketed.

    Thank you all!
    If it doesn't say "+P" or "Maximum Load," it's a standard load. Also, most load data indicates seperate loads for certain guns due to their stronger design. It will usually say something like, "The following loads are for Ruger firearms only." Another indication is the velocity listed. Standard 45 Colt loads generate 750-900 fps with bullets weighing around 250 grains.

    By the way, "Trail Boss" is a great powder for large cases like the 45 Colt. It's impossible to double charge a case because a standard powder charge nearly fills it up.
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    I really want to find out how Buffalo Bore loads their SAAMI approved rounds. I'm really impressed at what FPS and muzzle energy they can achieve from theirs.

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