Hog Hunting with 45Colt: Part 3 Testing Linebaugh Loads

| December 31, 2016 | 2 Comments

Continuing on my journey in preparing for a hog hunt I have coming up at the beginning of the year, I have continued to research 45Colt in a lever action. In my research I came across an article by the famous John Linebaugh — Gun Notes: The .45 Colt – Dissolving the Myth, Discovering the Legend this is a great read for anyone looking to achieve full potential out of the 45Colt. To use John’s words I am not looking to magnumize the 45Colt and as I stated in my initial testing I am looking to develop safe loads to get the job done cleanly and humanely. Though I am loading these rounds for a Rossi Lever action in my readings a came across many conversations debating the strength of Ruger over S&W. I do not have a dog in that hunt though I did find another article by Mr. Linebaugh — Gunnotes…Smith & Wesson Mod 25-5 where he indicated he had fired 5000 rounds through a S&W model 25 and listed the loads. It was his load chart that would grab my attention. I had felt reasonably prepared with my original loads but one of Mr. Linebaugh’s HS-6 loads was a full 1 grain above the load I was using and he called it his general daily duty load. I headed right to the bench to replicate these loads for testing. I do understand the general disclaimer that everyone uses and I repeat it here. Never use someone else’s load data as there are to many variables (firearm tolerances, powder lot etc) it is always best and safest to work up a load for the firearm you will be testing it in. Most importantly double check the loads with a creditable reloading manual, I always cross reference 3 manuals when working up loads.

These loads were comfortable to shoot but I felt did not have the accuracy as my original loads. This is probably due to my loading procedure as with these loads I put a heavier crimp on them to prevent bullet creep because I wanted to also try them in a couple of my revolvers. I plan to back the die out applying less crimp and try again for accuracy.

One of those revolvers happen to be one of my favorite. The Triple Threat Alaskan 454 I had the cylinder machined two years ago by Mark at Pinnacle to be able to fire 45ACP via moonclip and he did a fantastic job. This was long before Ruger ever released their 4in 45Colt/45ACP revolver. As you can see by the target the 255gr Cast were not so accurate. This has more to do with me than the load, this 5 shot group was fired double action free hand standing at 50 yards.

I wanted to see what performance would be like in such a short barrel and fired 5 shots across the chronograph also.

With an average of 936fps out of the short barrel of the Alaskan I was eager to test the 260gr Speer load in the Rossi Lever Action. 5 Shots fired from bag rest distance 50 yards.

 

The velocity was higher than I had expected out of the Rossi approaching 1400fps, no doubt in my mind that this will get the job done if I do my part with the right shot placement.

If for some reason I can’t get it done with 45Colt I will fall back to something absolute. Stay tuned for hopefully what will be positive results in 2017

 

Articles for reference:

Hog Hunting with 45Colt Part1

Hog Hunting with 45Colt Part2

John Linebaugh — Gun Notes: The .45 Colt – Dissolving the Myth, Discovering the Legend

Linebaugh — Gunnotes…Smith & Wesson Mod 25-5

Paco Kelly’s 45 Colt in Lever Action Rifles

Brian Pearce’s article on the 45 Colt in Handloader Magazine #246

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  1. Bill says:

    Happy New Year!

    “This is probably due to my loading procedure as with these loads I put a heavier crimp on them to prevent bullet creep because I wanted to also try them in a couple of my revolvers. I plan to back the die out applying less crimp and try again for accuracy.”

    So this caught my eyer. I didn’t use my 454 this last hog trip because I occasionally have a round jump crimp. I thought I was using a heavy crimp but obviously .. not. What is worse than your first .. “what the heck” when your new revolver cyl won’t spin and you know you still have live rounds in the cylinder.

    So my question .. or comment .. when is enough crimp .. enough? This is probably a topic all in itself, but is it an ongoing problem as you move up to the “big leagues”.

    Part 3 is awesome .. appreciate sharing your efforts

    -bill

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  2. I have spoken and known John Linebaugh since 1982 I have correspondent with this fine gentleman and he is the second owner Keith to come along I tried to save up to get one of his guns when they I will he is the guy the guru the person to go to the go to guy he’s very knowledgeable he is every sense a true cowboy and probably should have been born in the 1800s I’m working to save up to go out there and have some guns built by mister Linebaugh, very soon his work in his knowledge of even the model 25 5 there are variants of the model 25 5 the 25 7 and the 25:9 one must remember when coming across these particular models the cylinder lenght are different check with John for those Transit use them in Winchester’s lever actions for the Colt, John has found the chamber’s to be oversized so he has to rebarrel them I don’t pay attention to forums because most of the forms contain idiots and morons whenever I hear something out of the ordinary I just shake my head I’ve got a good buddy who went on an African safari with dick Casull that’s right my friends my friend told Mr Casull about my dilemma in a 454 or a Colt conversion he told my friend to tell me get the 454 and duplicates the 454 loads with Colt brass. Mister Casull did this back in the early 50s way before the puny 44 Magnum came on board Mister Casull is Winchester brass and federal brass up until he designed his brass that’s slightly longer than the colt that’s what he used to the early 90s John Linebaugh and the late Mister Casull very very good friends John is a master in The Wiz get a gun built by him I’m a real cowboy

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