I've owned more .45 Colt SAAs over the years, and it was the first caliber I started loading for, over 40 years ago, but over the years, I've found it a bit boring. I much prefer the 44 Special, a much more interesting and efficient cartridge, loadable as they say "from mild to wild". While the 44 Special is my favorite SAA caliber, my all time favorite shooting SAA is a somewhat finished challenged 1st year 2nd Gen 38 Special I picked up a few years ago. Occasionally you find an SAA that somehow just feels and handles a little bit better than most, so the caliber is a little less important.
FWIW, clearly the 45 Colt is the "traditional" caliber of the SAA, and I think it should be top choice for anyone looking to buy their 1st SAA; after that, there are more interesting options.
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.44Spl. 250gr. Keith bullet at 950fps. for serious work, 245gr. LRN at 700fps for casual plinking or small game.
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For me I like the .44 Special best.
That "softer shooting" must be with commercial modern nitro loads. My load of 35 gr fffg(as much blackpowder I can put in in a modern case without the need of a compressing die) is everything but soft. It clocks around 1000 fps in a 5 1/2 barrel Uberti, most modern commercial loads are under 850 fps.
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Just for fun this afternoon I perused my old hand-jotted notes of every handgun I've bought starting in 1966. I've owned 86 Colt SAAs including Bisleys, Storekeepers, Sheriffs and Buntlines. They cover all three generations but unfortunately I didn't keep track of that information. Of those 86 Colts 35 were .45s, 17 were .44-40s, 16 were .38-40s, seven were .38 Specials, and five were .44 Specials. One was a .32-20, two were .41LCs and four were .357 Magnums.
Barrel lengths: 40 were 4 3/4", 19 were 5 1/2", and 19 were 7 1/2". Two were 3", one was 3 1/2", four were 4" and one was 12"
This has been fun. Interesting thing is that some I remember perfectly and some I have no memory of whatsoever.
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