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    .44 Magnum vs .45 LC

    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that some of the hunting loads for the .45LC have actually been out performing the .44 magnum. I was just looking up some ballisticts on the net and I see that the average ft-lbs. at the muzzle for a .44 magnum is around 750-800 and there are some .45LC loads that go over 1,000 and those even are more powerful than the .44 magnum hunting loads.

    I used to think of a .45LC as just a cowboy gun and a plinker, but now I have a new found respect for it. Anyone else agree?

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    The .45LC actually has more case capacity than the .44Magnum, therefore for a given weight of bullet it can be loaded hotter...
    Problem is, prior to Ruger building such sturdy pistols, it was very easy to blow a .45LC up, being it was originally designed for black powder. That is the reason (I seem to recall) the .44Magnum was invented. They designed a pistol around a more powerful factory cartridge...
    The modern .45LC made by Ruger (I'm not sure about the others) can handle the pressures of a beefed up load...
    In short, all .44Magnums can handle Magnum loads. Not all (maybe even most) .45LC's can handle the hotter loads... So be careful!

    Side note; Most fast draw artists prefer the .45LC. The reason is that the cylinder walls are a little thinner, being the bore is a little bigger, and it makes the .45LC a little bit lighter, hence potentially faster out of the holster...

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    Dan Wesson VH 10

    About 5 years ago, on a whim, I purchased a Dan Wesson VH 10 with 10" barrel in .45LC.
    It seems to handle all factory loads with ease. Due to its weight, it has very little recoil.
    However, when I am shooting plastic bottles filled with water, I prefer to shoot my S/W 626 in .44 mag. It absolutely destroys water filled jugs.

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    .44 Magnum and .45 Colt

    Hello, Maser. Recognize your name fro the Ruger Forum.

    I own, and have shot extensively, both calibers. My conclusion is that the .44 Magnum handles the high velocity/light bullet loadings better, while the .45 Colt handles the big, heavy weight bulets better. With nomimal weight bullets, its a draw.

    Shed any light on the subject for you?

    Bob Wright

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    I have owned both 44 and 45 and my fav is the 45 colt I cant tell you why but I just like it better the 44 will do evry thing the 45 will do and the 45 will do what the 44 will do in a strong gun like the ruger freedom arms and the contender

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    I have some Corbon 300 Grain +P JSP's that I shoot in my 15" 460 Encore that are really stout! Not to far behind the 454 Casulls in recoil in the Encore..........

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