I have recently purchased a 5 1/2 and 4 5/8 Ruger Vaquero. What is a good mfg/load for plinking. I would also like to use hotter loads. I will be adding a .45 colt lever action at some point. Thanks in advance.
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For range use, I like this Fiocchi Cowboy load. It is about the least expensive that I have found (when I am too lazy to reload).
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The ULTRAMAX brand is popular with a couple of new CAS shooters that shoot with us that have not started to reload...they seem to shoot well and the brass is very good to keep when you do start to reload...
Another good source is Georgia Arms...
Locally any factory .45 Colt ammunition is priced over $40 a box....45 Colt is one of those calibers that scream "Reload Me!" due to its cost.
One thing to consider before shooting the higher power loads in your Rugers...are they the heavier framed "old models" or the lighter framed New Model Vaqueros? The New Model Vaqueros are no longer made on the Blackhawk frames and have slightly smaller diameter cylinders...they are closer to the Colt SAA in size.
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Bisley, They are the new model. Thanks for the info.
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I've found the best prices, as well as the best selection, at my local Cabelas. I really like my Vaquero.
If the OP plans to shoot a lot of 45LC ammo, he/she better be (1) wealthy, or (2) willing to handload the spent brass. This caliber is one of my favorites, and not a problem to handload.
I would like to reload at some point. I just bought a lever gun today also in 45 colt. Wanted info on good vs bad 45 colt ammo. Thanks everyone for the info.
.45 Colt is one of my favorite rounds and an easy cartridge to reload. With cast bullets, it is also pretty economical. I bought a lot of my reloading equipment used. If you shoot a lot of .45 Colt, you will pay for your equipment in short order.
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I love shooting the .45lc round but it also nearly brings me to tears when I think about what every round is costing me.
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I have found that fiocchi seems to be the best cheap ammo. Armscor is not consistent in its rim thickness. As about every 7th round locks up the cylinder of my freedom arms. The sig ammo was quite good.
The .45 Colt - especially for anything with the word "Ruger" on it, is a hand loader's dream! If keeping withing the SAAMI spec, the best bullet is the old-school, tried and true, 255 grain lead, flat point loaded to around 850 fps from a 4-3/4" barrel.
However, since the Ruger frame easily allows it, the hand loader can craft loads a bit hotter without fear. A 225 grain slug at 1,150 fps is mighty impressive from the big .45 Colt and it can go even higher...really up to .44 Magnum power with chamber pressures around 25K psi.
Except for Buffalo Bore and Underwood, all "performance" ammo is anemic. With short barrels dropping bullet weight to 200-225 grains for use against two-legged predators, allows bullet speed to jump easily above 1,200 fps which is a d***-String busting load!
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