Cowboy Bullets And Stuff.



I started Cowboy shooting using .45 Colt ammunition with 250 gr. bullets and, yes, it was expensive. I soon started loading my own. At the time I started loading, I used 200 gr. RNLFP (round nose lead flat point) bullets. They cost about, $45.00/1000. Powder was $14.00 1/lb. can and primers were about $30.00/1000. Roughly, my loading cost me $5.65 per box of 50. Last night a cowboy shooting buddy of mine told me he paid $50.00 for a box of 50 ready-mades. Fifty Bucks! Now, if you don't think that will slow the growth of the sport you have been exposed to the inhalation of one or more very controlled substances. Shooting Clubs should start buying progressive loading equipment and have loading nights. This may bring in some new members. Bulk buying may get clubs direct manufacturer discounts. Try the local gun shop. They may know where a good buying opportunity exists. Let the local shop make a buck. They are usually very supportive of club activities.

Getting back to .45 Colt, another solution is to go .38 Special. It's a-lot more reasonable and you can shoot more. I'll admit the .45 Colt looks the part, kind-ah Classic. As for the cost differential between .38 or .45? If you're doing the loading, its not that great. Looks count! A delicate young maiden sees two cowboys of equal stature. One has a cartridge belt full of BIG .45 Colts, the other has little .38 Specials. Who is she going to go for? Case closed.

Just kidding. There is a big place for the .38 in shooting cowboy. The cost is less. Lead is less. You can get more out of a can of powder. How much more? That depends on your load. Recoil is less, making it easier on the carpal tunnel. The .38 Ready-Mades are 60% to 70% less in cost than .45 Colt Ready-Mades.

As for .45 Colt RNLFP bullets? They come as 200 gr. and 250 gr. RNLFP bullets that steam along at about 700 ft./sec. Not considered a hot cowboy load. It could be said that they are hotter than necessary. A-lot of shooters have started using 160 gr. bullets. Doing so, if done using the same powder load as you used with the 200 and 250 will kick up the ft./sec. a bit. Check the load using a good loading manual. You may find that by using the same powder charge with the 160 gr. as you did with the 250 gr. or 200 gr. may effect accuracy. Also, they may be too hot? What do you think? Contact me.

Yours, Jeffrey



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