There are convincing advocates of individual handgun cartridges. Legendary writers such as Skeeter Skelton and Bill Jordan carried the .357 Magnum professionally and felt it was the ideal outdoors and personal defense cartridge. Elmer Keith favored the .44 Special, but then, when he got the .44 Magnum, he was vocal in praises of this cartridge too. There are individuals who use a variety of calibers for certain chores, and then there are those that choose a handgun caliber early on and use it for a lifetime, but who is championing the .45 Colt?
One of the most powerful, useful, and under sung in my opinion is the .45 Colt. Bat Masterson, Frank Hamer and Tom Threepersons had faith in the cartridge, and this confidence was well placed. The .45 Colt does what it does without fuss and bother and Magnum pressure. Even modest loads offer good wound potential for personal defense and plenty of penetration for taking game animals. With highly developed handloads and modern specialty loads from custom shops, the .45 Colt is a real powerhouse. (Just don’t fire these loads in a vintage revolver!)