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.45 acp
      #28873 - 03/04/05 06:58 PM

i am considering buying a colt Special Combat Government Carbon steel Blue / Satin nickel 45 ACP and i was wondering wat most people think of the caliber

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Re: .45 acp [Re: 303]
      #28917 - 04/04/05 10:06 PM

Nothing wrong with the caliber as it's been working like the Timex watch for close to a hundred years. If you're new to the S.A. autoloader (NOT SEMI-AUTOMATIC--A Klintonista term) game, take the time to enroll in one of the many good schools available to learn your gun. One thing, the ONLY proper way to carry a 1911 copy is to carry it Cocked and Locked; ie, round chambered, hammer cocked, and the thumb safety on (fully up position). If this scares you, then get another gun.



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Re: .45 acp [Re: 475Guy]
      #29013 - 06/04/05 09:21 PM

do you think it would be good for a hunting pistol

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Re: .45 acp [Re: 303]
      #29016 - 06/04/05 10:49 PM

It all depends on what you're going to hunt. If the gun is properly set up with stronger springs (firing pin spring, heavier recoil spring), then it can be a very good 50 to 75 yd gun with a good 200 gr bullet that has a flatter trajectory than the 230 gr load. Mind you, Lee Jurras and his pal George Nonte have shot at game at 100 to 150 yds with a 45 ACP using the then new SuperVel factory loads w/190 gr bullet. I still use a 45 ACP with proper loads (200 gr JHP at 1050 f/s or 200 gr cast semi-wadcutter at 1100 f/s) for game of opportunity. Ex-Ranger Captain, Chuck Taylor has used his 45 ACP with good hunting loads for deer, boar and black bear. Jeff Cooper himself has shot numerous critters with his 45 ACP.



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