View Poll Results: Which is more powerful ?

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  • 45 colt

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    45 acp vs 45 colt which is more powerful ?

    ok which is more powerful ?
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    This is a difficult question. Are you asking about factory ammo or in the hands of an experienced reloader? If you're talking about modern factory loads then in terms of ballistics they are very similar (read nearly identical) but if you're talking about handloads then the 45 colt probably wins. This isn't because you can't overload a 45 but because strong revolvers like the ruger blackhawk combined with new commercial 45 colt brass can be loaded much hotter safely than a 45acp in an auto like a glock or 1911 could be.
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    45 Colt:230 gr 969 ft/s 480 ft·lbf

    45ACP: 230 gr 900 ft/s 414 ft·lbf

    45 Colt is faster in the heavy weights, but in 200 gr 45 acp is marginally better.

    If you and your gun can handle +P 45 colt than Buffalo Bore makes a beast.
    325 gr Buffalo Bore heavy lead +P 1,325 ft/s 1,267 ft·lbf
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanguard View Post
    ok which is more powerful ?
    If you are comparing cowboy lead to 1911 acps. Then the ACP is more powerful.
    Technical Information Caliber: 45 ACP
    Bullet Weight: 230 Grain
    Bullet Style: Full Metal Jacket
    Case Type: Brass

    Ballistics Information:

    Muzzle Velocity: 890 fps
    Muzzle Energy: 369 ft. lbs.

    Technical Information Caliber: 45 Colt (Long Colt)
    Bullet Weight: 250 Grains
    Bullet Style: Lead Flat Nose
    Case Type: Brass


    Ballistics Information: Muzzle Velocity: 761 fps
    Muzzle Energy: 323 ft. lbs.
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    45 Colt has more potential in the right firearm (ie. Ruger.) still, neither one can hold a flame to 44 Magnum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhited View Post
    45 Colt has more potential in the right firearm (ie. Ruger.) still, neither one CAN'T hold a flame to 44 Magnum.
    Fixed.
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    Dad would hunt hogs with his .45LC Blackhawk... but I don't think he'd do it with a 1911.

    I'd say either caliber is sufficient for most non-dangerous game on our continent. Just my opinion. Sometimes the "which caliber" threads make me want to say something like "well why don't we all just get something chambered in 20MM and be done with it"
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    Quote Originally Posted by BTL FED View Post
    Fixed.
    Fixed by making my statement a double negative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhited View Post
    Fixed by making my statement a double negative?
    Hell yeah, it's double stamp Tuesday right.....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by BTL FED View Post
    Hell yeah, it's double stamp Tuesday right.....lol
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