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Win73 07-31-2012 08:35 PM

Is this round adequate for deer?
 
I have a Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt/.45 ACP convertible. I would like to take a deer with it. Would my Speer 45 Colt 250 grain Gold Dot HP be adequate for deer up to say 50 yards?

Hellbilly 07-31-2012 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Win73 (Post 71166)
I have a Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt/.45 ACP convertible. I would like to take a deer with it. Would my Speer 45 Colt 250 grain Gold Dot HP be adequate for deer up to say 50 yards?

I would use the long colt before the acp,But yes it will take a deer at that range.Our you putting a scope on it?

Win73 07-31-2012 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Hellbilly (Post 71170)
I would use the long colt before the acp,But yes it will take a deer at that range.Our you putting a scope on it?

I also have .45 ACP hollow points, but I definitely would use the .45 Colt Gold Dots. I don't have a scope on it but I believe I can keep in the kill zone up to 50 yards with it.

WisconsinDeer 08-01-2012 11:46 AM

50 yards or under? Should work great.

rdrader2002 08-02-2012 12:23 AM

"Long" Colt rounds definitely, .45 ACP doesn't have enough speed to penetrate a deer's thick skin.

RR

lwb 08-03-2012 05:39 PM

It will be alright as long as you stay within 50 yrds. or less,I use a 357 Blackhawk 158gr. and have no problems.Just be sure of your shot ,GOOD LUCK

Capt Rick Hiott 11-04-2012 08:03 AM

I wouldnt use hollow points for deer.........

S.B. 08-26-2015 01:57 PM

You failed to mention the velocity of this round but, the old formula for deer is 40 calber with a bullet of at least 200 grains moving at least 1000 fps=40/20/1000. I know some will inevitably disagree with this but it's always worked for me.
Steve

S.B. 11-15-2015 11:08 AM

Yes your Ruger .45 colt should suit the situation well.
Steve

Karl.Luhr 11-16-2015 05:07 PM

The 45LC is almost as good as a 454 Casull
 
If the story is remember is correct the 454 casull came about because some shooters kept pushing the 45LC faster and faster. Some of the weaker Colt models blew up. Using Ruger Blackhawks the shooters got scary velocities and pressures. With the 454 casull they got heavy based brass and thick chambers to give them back the safety factor they had used up. Also a 454 casull will not chamber in a 45LC pistol. My reloading manuals list two loading for the 45LC. One for colt single actions and one for the stronger Ruger blackhawks. Some may also list a third for double action Colt and S&W revolvers. Your 45LC will kill very well any Deer sized animal.

Karl


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