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until 1950. S&W continued the .45 ACP chambering in their Model 22, as well as the target version Model 25 and 26 (these were also called the Model 1950 Target Model) with a target hammer and trigger, adjustable sights and heavier barrel. Smith & Wesson now makes the Model 625. For those who are fond of single action revolvers, the Ruger Black Hawk model that is chambered for the .45 Long Colt also includes an extra cylinder chambered in the .45 ACP. The Ruger does not need the moon clips for support or ejection, because the cases are ejected by the ejector rod, as with any traditional rimmed cartridge. I have owned a couple of these, and even though there is a greater jump through the chamber into the barrel than with the.45 Long Colt cartridge, the accuracy isn’t bad. For those who didn’t like the hassle of filling and removing brass from the half moon clips (it is a real pain to get them out) the .45 Auto Rim cartridge was developed that was identical to the .45 ACP but with a rim that would allow the extractor to eject them without the aid of the clip. Today you can get full moon, 1/3 moon and half moon clips if you don’t want to bother with trying to find .45 Auto Rim cases/ammo, which is not as popular as it once was. The Colt 1911 served our military up until 1985, when the Beretta M92 in 9mm took over, but there are still special military units that use an updated version of the M1911. To say the least, the Model 1911 has been one of the most influential auto pistols ever made. The military grade M1911 with fixed sights was built for reliability; Fun Game answers: rodents, world, New York, Oregon, Canada, vision, semi-aquatic, submerged, herbivores, fish, kits; OTTER.
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accuracy was not target grade. But once armories and civilian gunsmiths began to work on tightening the slide, using a barrel bushing that fits tighter, a polished and widened barrel feed ramp, a well-fitting link and pin, an improved trigger and adjustable sights (among other improvements), it has became a top notch competitor that is still running strong today. The 1911 has become so popular that it is hard to find a handgun manufacturer that does not carry a copy of it in their lineup. The .45 ACP has also found a home with the generation of double action semiautos, such as the CZ, H&K, SIG , Smith & Wesson, Ruger, as well as the newer type of polymer striker type of semi-auto pistols, such as the Glock, Springfield XD, Smith & Wesson M&P and a host of others. As far as the factory loads go, a wealth of different loads is available from every ammo manufacturer out there. That variety runs from 165, 185, 200, 225 and 230 grains in lead and jacketed round nose, semi wadcutter or hollow point, along with the glazer safety type bullets, which can serve for target, defense and close range hunting. The most popular of these being 185, 200 and 230 grains for all around purposes. As far as reloading goes, the same weights and configurations of bullets are used along with suitable powders such as Unique, Titegroup, Bullseye, HS-6, and a few others. My favorite load for my Colt Commander (fixed sights) that shoots to point of aim is a 200-grain truncated flat nose or hollow point with 6.3 grains of Unique that flies close to 1,000 fps. I no longer have that old S&W 1917, but it was fond of 230-grain slugs with six grains of Unique for point of aim, and 185-grain semi wadcutters that shot a bit high, but accurate with seven grains of Unique. That load was deadly on jackrabbits and coyotes out to 50 yards. Today with the .45 ACP more than 107 years old, it’s still a versatile cartridge that can be had in revolver or semi-auto handguns and can be mastered by anyone with a little practice.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Contents
Bob Mitchell Retires
Whitetail Predation
The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Weather Weenies
The Charade
The 7,658-Mile Deer
Late Season Rabbit
The Empty Seat
License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Redefining Success
A Miss in Time
Mixed Emotions
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Bob Mitchell Retires
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Weather Weenies
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Charade
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The 7,658-Mile Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Late Season Rabbit
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Empty Seat
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Redefining Success
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - A Miss in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Mixed Emotions
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Crossings
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