Handgun Cartridge Detail

Cartridge Specifications for Caliber: .45 Colt
.45 Colt (.45 Long Colt)
.45 Colt
Case Type: Rimmed, straight
Introduced: 1872 Made For:Revolver
Cart Len:1.600-in Case Len:1.285-in
Case Dia:0.480-in Bul Dia:0.456-in
Ballistics measured with:
4-inch revolver barrel
Cartridge Variants
From:165 gr1100 ft/sec443 ft-lbs
To255 gr860 ft/sec420 ft-lbs
Cartridge Used in Database
250 gr850 ft/sec401 ft-lbs
Rankings for
Cartridge Used in Database
PF: 212500 TKO: 13.843

This cartridge was adopted by the US Army in 1873 for the legendary Colt Single Action Army 'Peacemaker' revolver. This is yet another cartridge that was originally a black-powder design. This cartridge is still very popular today, used in many derringers and cowboy action revolvers.