This is a discussion on SD round for a Ruger Alaskan 454? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; For carry I have an Ed Brown Kobra carry, and a Kimber Ultra Crimson carry, both in .45 ACP. I am confident in either one, ...
For carry I have an Ed Brown Kobra carry, and a Kimber Ultra Crimson carry, both in .45 ACP. I am confident in either one, but still breaking in the Kimber. Love that last sight, and I want to say I am impressed.
I recently acquired a Ruger Alaskan .454 Casull/45 LC, after an exhaustive search to find a new one at a normal price. Well what I would give. I live in Idaho, and often travel to the eastern side as I have property near Yellowstone NP. World class fishing from Yellowstone down, and think this may one day come in handy as bears are plentiful. Spotted many a Grizzly there.
Aside from that I figure this may make a decent house gun for defense using 45 Colt. I notice most SD rounds for this caliber are very weak, and most do not even compare to the .45 ACP's I have. I am considering 3 loads, both Buffalo Bore. One seems too powerful, and the others seem rather weak. I have heard others say they carry with the Casull rounds, but after shooting realize they are far too much. The other end would be in some serious hurt however, and doubt that a BG would get back up very quickly!
Not too familiar with the 45LC caliber, but starting to enjoy it. I've been more of a .44 Mag type.
Keep in mind, this is coming from a 2 1/2" barrel so there would be a substantial velocity decrease.
1. Buffalo Bore
BUFFALO-BARNES LEAD-FREE .45 Colt +P - 225 gr. Barnes XPB 1500 fps
2. Buffalo Bore
BUFFALO-BARNES LEAD-FREE Standard Pressure Heavy 45 COLT Ammo - 225 gr. Barnes XPB 1,000 fps
3. Buffalo Bore
Standard Pressure Heavy 45 Colt Ammo - 200gr. Jacketed Hollow Point(Gold Dot) 1100 fps
Ed Brown Kobra 45
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With a 45LC, you do not have to worry about designer loads and bullets. A simple flat nose 255 bullet will be more than adequate at the 900 fps loading. The size and weight of this round do not require any help.
The Winchester Silvertip is a good alternative if you want a hollowpoint.
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The answer is ANY of them are good for SD, buffalo, or Elephant! Besides, even if you miss the muzzle flash and concussion will likely kill the perp via coronary.
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Wasn't the ole .45LC picked by the Army for knocking down horses?
I'd just experiment with the different loads to see which performed best in your pistol, and which you could control best for follow up shots.
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I want one of these pistols and if I get one, I will carry it with 454 casull. Can you imagine shooting one of those in a defensive situation against a person in a waffle house? You'd blow all the windows out!
Any of those .45LC loads would be more than sufficient, even from a short barrel. You might check around for reloading data in .45LC for the Thompson/Center contender. They are significantly more powerful than a standard .45LC. I'm sure your .454 could handle them.
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You dont need any bullets for SD use with the Alaskan. Just whack em over the head with it.
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