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I am thinking about selling my PC 629 and hunting with my 5" 625. I'm torn between .45super and .45 Auto Rim. I am only going to hunt hogs and whitetail. Buffalo Bore is the best source I can find for hot loads in these calibers. My thinking is solid bullet to penetrate and break bone.
.45AR 255gr hard cast lead at 1000fps.
.45super 230 flat point fmj at 1100fps.
Any advice? I have no experience with either round and am open to other suggestions as well.
I've killed a lot of deer with a Ruger Bisley .45 Colt/250grn. Keith-type bullet @ 950fs.
Clark Custom converted mine to 460 Rowland.
230 at 1350
I like the 45AR for ease of loading w/ a heavy LSWC. I run a 250grLSWCHP @ 900fps in my 4", it's more for SD than hunting, but I imagine it would take a hog nicely.
I did consider the .460Rowland but didn't want to get it rechambered.
A 250 grain LSWC at 1000 fps will kill anything you'll run across.
I hunt with a .44 magnum and cast 265 grain Keith bullets at 1050 fps. I can drive them all the way up to 1400 fps, but everything shot at 1050 is just as dead, and the lighter load feels like a .38 Special compared to the Keith load.
That .45 Auto Rim load would be your ticket. A 255gr cast bullet at that speed will put any deer or hog down for the count.
I was leaning towards the Auto Rim because of bullet selection. You guys have convinced me the rest of the way.
I have no doubt that properly loaded .45 ACP or .45 AR would work just fine on whitetailed deer.
But if you already have a 629 .44 magnum why sell it to use the .45 ACP?
While the .45 ACP will work on deer the .44 magnum will work better.
FWIW I've been handgun hunting for deer since 1983. I've used the .44 magnum and heavily hand loaded .45 Colt to shoot numerous white tailed deer.
I like the AR hardcast loads. I carry a 250 at about 950 and it is a hard hitting load. As much as I like my 45 AR S&W I do not think I would sell my 44 Magnum. You can load the 44 Magnum down to the same level as the AR and on up as needed for the job at hand. If you do sell your 44 Magnum I would think a good 250 cast load in the AR would be good for deer and hogs.
It does sound odd to sell a gun that is better for the job at hand. I have several reasons for doing this.
I am not a hunter so the 629 never gets shot. I may someday want to hunt and just wanted to make sure my other guns were adequate.
I like to have a minimum of calibers in my collection. I buy ammo in large quantities and like to keep it simple.
Of my seven S&W revolvers the 629 is the only one that isn't in .45ACP or 9mm. It is also one of only two that have the dreaded lock.
45AR 255gr hard cast lead at 1000fps
This would be my choice.
I some times load 275 grain truncated cone cast bullets in .45 cases. They weigh an actual 273 grains. I don't think I have ever loaded them to 1000 FPS, but I did get one batch up over 900, without pushing things too hard. For most uses though, the 255 grain bullets are mroe than adequate.
Yep, 255 grain cast with a large meplate is the way to go.
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