The .45 Colt, sometimes called the .45 Long Colt to distinguish it from the short .45 S&W Schofield, as well as the .45 ACP. The .45 Colt is the oldest service cartridge still in use today. Introduced in 1873 for the Colt Single Action Army (SAA) revolver, the Peacemaker, the .45 Colt and the SAA revolver are legends in their own time, and the most popular handgun/cartridge combination on the Western frontier. The 45 Colt by Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC., are loaded with a 250 grain lead bullet and a muzzle velocity of 860 fps.
The .45 Colt is a typical, straight wall, rimmed revolver cartridge. The rim diameter is .512", the base diameter is .480", and its neck diameter is .476". The case length is 1.29" and the overall cartridge length is 1.6" maximum. The .45 Colt uses .454" diameter bullets and standard large pistol primers. The SAAMI maximum average pressure is 14,000 psi.
The .45 Colt is loaded by Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC., to a high pressure load, of up to 25,000 cup. This ammunition is ONLY intended for use in Ruger Blackhawk and T/C Contender. .45 Colt ammunition manufactured by Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, is for target, hunting, and self defense. The bullets used in this .45 Colt ammunition include lead free solid copper hollow points, copper plated, traditional lead and hollow point ammunition.
The .45 Colt, mistakenly referred to as the 45 Long Colt, is a handgun cartridge having its origins back to 1872. This cartridge was adopted by the U.S. Army in 1873 and served as an official US military handgun cartridge for 14 years. The .45 Colt remains popular with renewed interest in Cowboy Action Shooting. This grandfather of metallic handgun cartridges has seen resurgence as a cartridge in handgun hunting and Metallic Silhouette Shooting competitions. The 45 Colt is popular in Cowboy Action Shooting competitions as well. The .45 Colt originally was a black-powder cartridge, but modern loadings use smokeless powder. Because of the cartridge's power and its excellent accuracy, the .45 Colt was the most-used cartridge at the time of its introduction even succeeding the .44 WCF (or the .44-40 Winchester). Our Copper Lead Free 45 Colt put this round in the same class as the .44 Magnum. These loads cannot be used in any original Colt Single-Action Army or replica as these guns are built on the smaller frame with thinner cylinder walls. These loads should be used only in modern large-frame revolvers such as the Ruger Blackhawk, Redhawk, Ruger Vaquero, Thompson Center Contender or any gun firing the .454 Casull cartridge.
Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC., loads the 45 Colt to original black powder specifications, as well as in loadings designed for self defense. We load this cartridge from 710 fps through 1400 fps depending on its intended use. as stated above, the 225 gr. solid copper hollow point, which is intended for self defense ONLY can ONLY be used in the Ruger Blackhawk, Redhawk, Ruger Vaquero, Thompson Center Contender or any gun firing the .454 Casull cartridge. This cartridge is a outstanding hunting and self defense cartridge delivering massive wound channels, expanding to almost 1" in diameter and opening up into 6 razor sharp petals. Delivering the stopping power and shock necessary to put down game or for use in self defense. In older firearms we make a 200 gr. solid copper hollow point which is safe for use in modern made firearm or replica chambered in 45 Colt and which is in good repair and has been maintained. The bullets used by Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC., in its 45 Colt are made by X-Treme Bullets, Rainier Bullets, and Barnes Bullets. ALL brass used in our .45 Colt ammunition is made by Starline and is new made.