45 Cal 255 gr SWC Keith Type

(18 customer reviews)


45 Caliber 255 grain SWC Keith Type Hard Lead Cast Bullets for Reloading. Authentic Hensley & Gibbs 501 Elmer Keith original design. This cast lead bullet is the old stand by for the 45 Colt, very accurate old school design.


45 Caliber 255 grain SWC Keith Type Hard Cast Bullets for Handloading. 
This bullet is a true Hensley & Gibbs 501 original Elmer Keith design. This cast lead bullet is the old stand by for the 45 Colt, very accurate old school design.

Technical Information:

  • Diameter: 0.452″
  • Weight: 255 gr.
  • Nose to Crimp Groove: 0.400″
  • Old School Keith Type Design
  • Bevel Base, very slight bevel, a flat base with just the sharp edge removed.
  • Shoots as well as a pure flat base bullet.
  • H&G 501
  • Hard Cast BHN 16

Additional information

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18 reviews for 45 Cal 255 gr SWC Keith Type

  1. Doug H (verified owner)

    I used to cast my own bullets so I do recognize a good cast bullet. The 255 grain .45 caliber Keith bullets I just received are the best and most correctly cast bullets of this type. You folks are a true quality-minded organization and I will order these bullets from you again after I’ve used these up. I’ve shot .45 Colt in my S&W Model 25-5 revolver for years and now I have a Rossi R92, 16″ bbl. carbine that shoots the exact same load. Since curtailing my own casting endeavors, I have searched for someone who truly understands what a pure Keith bullet looks like, and you folks have nailed it! I used a 2-cavcity mold that is exactly like yours and now I have a supplier. Kuddos!!! Keep up the good work!! Regards, Douglas H., N.C.

  2. John T

    John T Just as good as formed bullet as you would expect. Good job.

  3. Keith M

    I’ve tried 4 maybe 5 different bullet/load combinations in my Blackhawk, and this was THE one that shot 5 in one ragged hole. The 200 gr. soft bullets are great too, but this one really brings out the potential of the Ruger.

  4. Michael S (verified owner)

    I’ve ordered your cast bullets for 357, 45, and 45 colt. I have been absolutely pleased with everything I’ve loaded so far, very accurate and consistent. I really hate to tell friends about your bullets, cuz I want to make sure I can get them.. but seriously I tell anyone willing to listen about your outstanding products.

  5. Michael W (verified owner)

    Bullets arrived with all projectiles in the box, wrapped in the toughest tape ever as I had requested. Bullet size and weight spot on! Am very satisfied with this product and will order more soon. Keith 255 gr. .452

  6. Fred H

    45 Colt 255 grain (.452) Keith hard cast.
    Fast delivery. Wrapped for a trip to mars and back ????. Loading now. Excited for a range trip !

  7. David C (verified owner)

    Unfortunately, I can’t give a performance review because the powder and primer shortage have prevented me from reloading these 255 gr. Keith-types. However I can say shipping was fast, the package was bulletproof, and the communication I had with Stateline staff (Jim), was very prompt and helpful.

  8. Harry D. (verified owner)

    Received my order today for 500 of the .45 Long Colt 255gr. SWC bullets. The packaging and packing methods used are just awesome and without peer! The quality of the bullets consistency of weight, quality of the casting, and overall quality of the bullets are outstanding in my opinion. I used to cast my own handgun bullets years ago, but I’d much rather order from Stateline than I would ever attempt at casting bullets to equal their casting quality. Other calibers of bullets I’ve ordered from Stateline have all been of the same high qualities and standards. Thank you Stateline for offering a fine product.

  9. David K (verified owner)

    Received my second order from Stateline Bullets today and I must say these cast bullets are of very good quality, and the people that run it are very customer oriented, I have recommended them to several people that reload too. Also, Thanks for the nice note, we will be ordering again soon. Fine product keep up the good work. Now I know where to go from now on for quality service!!

  10. Lee Jay S (verified owner)

    45 Colt 255 grain (.452) Keith hard cast.
    My first-time using Stateline for my reloading stock, and I must say “I’m impressed” with their professionalism. Website is well designed, shipping was amazingly sturdy and fast, and communication was awesome. I’ll be back for sure. Thank you, Stateline Family, Lee Jay S.

  11. Paul A. P. (verified owner)

    The bullets I ordered came in the mail today and all I can say is THANK YOU! This is the first time I have received bullets that are the same or as close the ones I used to cast, the Lyman 452424. Can’t wait to try them out.

  12. Robert F (verified owner)

    First time user, bought a box of 400 to try out for target and woods carry. Loaded some 255 grain Keith Hard Cast up for my main woods carry S&W Model 625 Mountain gun (45 Colt). Used Accurate #5 with 9.2 grains at around 925 FPS with excellent results on paper at 15 and 25 yards. Nice quality of bullets and reloads easily. Very impressed.

    Note: Stateline Bullets, LLC does not validate any customer provided loading data, use at your own risk.

  13. Don L (verified owner)

    These are the best quality cast bullets I’ve ever purchased. I’ve been reloading and casting on my own since the late seventies. They are also the most accurate reloads I’ve tested. 255 gr. 45 cal. KSWC.

  14. J R H (verified owner)

    I’m impressed with a lot of things about Stateline Bullets – their quick response to my order, the packaging to ensure undamaged delivery, the reasonable shipping charge and especially the quality of this bullet. I use this bullet and a moderate amount of Unique in my Colt SAA 45 ACP and it is the most accurate of any load (factory or handload) I have tried. I plan to order more when they get back in stock.

  15. J R H (verified owner)

    I found that this bullet is just as accurate in a S&W model 22 as it is in a SAA. Pretty handy-I now use the same load for both guns. Simplifies things!

  16. Art J (verified owner)

    I’ve used these Keith SWC in my Ruger Blackhawk’s before, and they are the most accurate bullets that I have ever used. Great service, and fast delivery. When they hit the 50 yard burm they really thump it. Keep up the great work !

  17. Mike G (verified owner)

    Keith Type H&G501 is the best 45 Colt bullet, period! Stateline Bullets is the only source I could find! Website is easy peasy, shipping was fast. They come double wrapped and then double boxed and taped with strapping tape. These bullets are pure gold! As Arnold says, “I’ll be back.”

  18. JimC (verified owner)

    1st order from Stateline. Fast shipping, .45 cal 255 gr SWC arrived in perfect shape. Exactly what I wanted. Thank you guys!

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