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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2012, 10:01:02 PM »
For hot loads in 45 colt I load a 300gr Hornady xtp mag at about 1200-1300 fps. It has good penetration and more energy than all but the hottest 44mag handloads. I shoot a blackhawk.
Bang...Flop......No tracking required.

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2012, 10:14:09 PM »
Just to be on the safe side with that ol Colt and any single action I spose, you want to have the hammer down on an empty hole. That leaves you with 5 rounds, 4 for the bear and 1 for you when things get really ugly. :twocents:

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2012, 07:59:02 AM »
Just to be on the safe side with that ol Colt and any single action I spose, you want to have the hammer down on an empty hole. That leaves you with 5 rounds, 4 for the bear and 1 for you when things get really ugly. :twocents:

Ive read that too, having the hammer down on the empty. Thanks for the tips~
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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2012, 08:17:07 AM »
this thread got me thinking and i think im going to try and take my spring bear with the 44 mag or the 50 s&w (sorry to hijack just hella excited that i finally drew my first spring tag

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2012, 08:52:52 AM »
If your Ruger is a newer one then you can safely carry it fully loaded. You need to determine if it has the transfer bar safety. If so then you can carry with all 6.

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2012, 09:26:57 AM »
It looked like a Colt emblem on the grips in the picture so that's why I brought up the hammer down on an empty hole. Even with the Ruger transfer bar I would still have the hammer on an empty one. If that transfer bar failed, I would sure hate to have a hole in my foot or leg from a 45 Colt. Any other round would be bad enough.

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012, 10:10:01 AM »
Saylean, is it a Ruger or Colt or ??? You definately need to figure out if it is safe to carry 6- if not load 5 and have hammer down on empty chamber as suggested. I am pretty sure that with the Ruger transfer bar it is perfectly safe to carry 6. If it is a Colt you will need to stick to weaker loads because they are not as strongly built as the Ruger. Would you be reloading or using factory ammo?

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2012, 10:32:44 AM »
Another thing about the picture is that it's a 3 screw and they don't have the transfer bar. I have 8 Rugers and only 3 of them are the 3 screw Blackhawk 357's and one of the older single sixes the rest have the transfer bars.

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #23 on: March 20, 2012, 10:38:57 AM »
I suggest the same bullet rufous uses. I have sent that same bullet on some long trips through critters. A fat meplatted hardcast may not produce instant bang flops of explosive bullets that hit just right.....but they NEVER fail....and penetrate for days.

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2012, 11:30:57 AM »
The gun in the picture is a Colt New Frontier. ;)

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2012, 11:46:29 AM »
The gun in the picture is a Colt New Frontier. ;)

Correct. Thanks all for the advise. I was hoping for some action with it this spring...but I guess I will have to use the camera till aug/sept!
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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2012, 12:51:32 PM »
You can always go out and practice with it and get it dialed in, that's always fun.

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2012, 02:19:32 PM »
You can always go out and practice with it and get it dialed in, that's always fun.

Totally intend on it. :tup:
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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2012, 09:03:19 AM »
With that gun not being as strong as the Rugers I would suggest a lighter weight bullet than what I have been using. Perhaps a Keith style bullet weighing 270 to 290 grains. Let me know if you would like load details.

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Re: .45 colt single action 6 shooter for bear, thoughts?
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2012, 09:15:22 PM »
Good read Rufus & good luck!
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