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American Handgunner Jul/Aug 2011 Digital Edition - Page 64
Despite checking every dimension on his vintage Smith & Wesson Model 1917 .45 ACP, Duke can’t figure out why it just tumbles all lead-alloy bullets, as shown by the oblong holes at right. It shoots jacketed bullets just fine, as shown by the normal bullet holes in the center. THE Duke’s favorite .45 Auto Rim handload uses the Redding/SAECO cast bullet #453, a 225-gr. full wadcutter. BEST EVER REVOLVER CARTRIDGE! HAS DUKE LOST HIS MARBLES? MIKE "DUKE" VENTURINO PHOTOS: YVONNE VENTURINO W The .45 ACP became a revolver cartridge because in 1917 the US Army did not have enough Model 1911 pistols for WWI and so prevailed on S&W and Colt to adapt their big-frame revolvers to it. hat’s the best ever bigbore revolver cartridge? I’m not talking about something chambered in a bazooka-length revolver fitted with a bipod like I saw at SHOT Show 2011. Nor am I talking about the sort of revolver and cartridge you would want in order save yourself from being eaten by some critter or another. The sort of revolvers I’m talking about are ordinary sized ones you might have in a holster or in a drawer by the bed at home. In these pages I’ve not hesitated 64 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2011