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Old 10-12-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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.45acp Load For Dangerous Game?

Hello,



Went out squirrel hunting this evening armed with a bolt action .22, 1911, and 100lb dog.



Got charged by a 10pt buck (guess who's gonna be supper come November?)



Nikki alerted and I pulled the .45. About that time I remembered I was loaded for coyote on down: 230gn HC TC over 4.9gn AA#2.



I can't hunt with the .45acp in IN, but I can defend myself with it. What would be a good 200lb deer shredding load? I do prefer to stick with these HC bullets as they inspire confidence, crushing power from the get-go, and they're accurate.



Thoughts?



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Old 10-12-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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You might try 7.2 grains of Unique. This charge under a hardcast 230 gr RNL does an honest 860 fps in my five inch M1911's. It will penetrate and it will break smaller bones such as ribs. But it is strictly a short range number. Like 25 yards or less IMO. And don't assume that you will get a one shot stop. Empty the magazine if you have to and then reload.





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Old 10-15-2010, 02:22 AM   #3
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.45acp Load For Dangerous Game?

Thank you, Roadster.



While I was hoping for a load which would instantly liquefy all the critter's internals, I suppose something like what you cite will have to do.



I'll probably slowly bump it up another 100fps though. I want to try to get it breaking major structure.



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Take a look at Accurate power. If you drop bullet down to a 200gr you could be looking around 1000 - 1100 FPS.
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I've also worked up th 7.2 grains of Unique with both jacketed and cast 230 grain bullets. Fairly stiff but undeniably potent in a .45 ACP.
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255 gr lswc loaded to +P with Power Pistol, Unique, WAP/Silhouette. Should take out anything up to a bear and will definitely break any bones it comes into contact with. Should exit, so a blood trail from both sides is a plus. Tracy
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