[QUOTE=Jake;695176]I am going to order a new G2 Contender but I can't make up my mind what caliber to get. It will be used for deer hunting and of course shell wasting
. I wanted a .45 colt but have heard bad reports on the 45/410 and cant seem to find a reg. .45 barrel like I want. My boss has a 357 he target shoots with and seems to shoot it pretty well. I wanted the .45 because I have everything to reload it but the accuracy doesn't appear to be what I want.
You've been misinformed.I will put up any of my .45 L.C.s against any other calibers at hunting ranges for accuracy.
I use the Ruger Blackhawks exclusively, because I like and am familier with them. My new Blackhawk hunter still isn't fine tuned and I'm getting 2.25 groups (5 shots) at 100 yards with a scope. My bicentennial Blackhawk convertible has done Ransom rested groups of 1.5" at 50 yards.
For deer and some small game, I use the Speer 225 Mag H.P. with 15 grs Blue Dot, very accurate and flat shooting.
For Elk, I prefer a cast G.C. 325 gr. with 22 grs. of H-110, this is a load recommended by Brian Pierce of Handloader Magazine, and should ONLY be used in Ruger Blackhawks (not vaqueros) or the T.C. Contender.
This is a very heavy load, much recoil, and is perfect for large game. The Bisley grip is preferred, the standard grip gives lots of pain.
I've taken two Elk with this, one at 35 yards and the other at 95 yds, both were one shot kills.
My best was 150 yards, I took a Marmot in 1 shot from a solid rest across my Jeeps hood 3 years ago with the 225 gr mag H.P.
How accurate do you need?