Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/colt 45 ammo

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I just bought a Uberti 1866 Yellowboy rifle in 45lc, what is the difference between colt 45 and the 45 long colt ammo and what would you recommend to use for target shooting.

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First, they are very well made rifles and they are really fun to shoot. A lot of people use them for hunting, too, at short range.

.45 LC is the old revolver cartridge developed for the Colt 1873 Single Action Army revolver. It is a very good handgun cartridge, and gets better when used in a rifle due to the longer barrel giving more velocity. It is a powerful round, and is still very popular, although a little expensive and harder to find in some places-you might look online for it. *

The Colt .45 ACP is an auto pistol cartridge designed by Browning for his Model 1911 pistol, so called by the Army, also a good round. It is smaller and very different design than the .45 Colt and they are NOT interchangeable at all.

ACP stands for Automatic Colt Pistol. It is a rimless, short cartridge made for auto pistols. The Long Colt - or just .45 Colt - is a rimmed, longer cartridge first designed for black powder and for use in revolvers, not auto pistols.

The old Long Colt, which is what your rifle needs, is a great round - still in use since 1873, which should say something to you.

Uberti makes very high quality rifles, and I am sure you will really like yours.

I would try to find cowboy action loads - solid lead bullet with a relatively light load - if you are going to use it for a range rifle.

* here is a good site that shows you where .45 Colt ammo of various kinds is available for sale online...

  http://ammoseek.com/ammo/45-colt

Lever rifles were designed for fast shooting offhand - standing, sitting or prone or from horseback rather than from a bench. They are hunting rifles, and they will serve you very well as a general purpose rifle. I really enjoy shooting them.

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General questions relating to various handguns - shooting, recommendations and general information on older/antique Smith & Wesson, Colt and other US made and European made pistols and revolvers. I am NOT an expert collector, but I have had several hundred handguns over the last 45 years+. I have repaired and refurbished several and shot hundreds of various handguns, and I am pretty knowledgeable on them.

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Started shooting in Cub Scouts at age 10. US Army veteran in the late 1960's. Owned several hundred handguns including revolvers and autoloading pistols made by Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Merwin Hulbert, H&R, Iver Johnson, Hopkins and Allen, Charter Arms and European pistols made by Mauser, Beretta, Star, Llama, Tanfoglio Guseppe, Dreyse 1907 and FN. I am mostly interested in and experienced with late 19th and all 20th century pistols, not current guns using plastic.

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Have a degree in Social Work, with minors in Sociology and Fine Art (Painting)

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