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Old February 10, 2000, 09:48 AM   #1
Bill Daniel
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I am new to pistol shooting and reloading for pistol though I have reloaded shot gun shells for many years. I began with Solo 1000 (from my shot shell reloading) for 45 ACP with 185 gr. SWC and 200 gr. SWC bullets, WLP primers and once fired Winchester brass and all seems to work well. My problem is I find no one else listing Solo 1000 as their powder of choice. What are favorite loads in 45 ACP and 38 SPL for Bullseye target shooting and Silhouette shooting? Any one like Solo 1000?

Kimber Gold Match
National Bullet Company copper plated 200 gr. SWC
WLP primer
4.9 gr. Solo 1000
Winchester Brass once fired
AOL 1.235"
854 fps Avg.
SD 19 fps.( only five shots chronographed)
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Old February 10, 2000, 06:09 PM   #2
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Bill,
The old standby for bullseye matches would be 3.2 to 3.8 grains of Alliant Bullseye, or 4.0 grains of IMR 700-x behind a 185 or 200 grain swc lead bullet (45 acp). For 38 spl, 2.8 grains Bullseye behind a 158 gr swc lead. If these sound like light loads to anyone, we're not going after moose, we're just punching holes in paper. As for some decent silhouette loads, Bill I haven't tried that, so I can't help you there. Good luck!

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Old February 11, 2000, 10:48 AM   #3
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I use Scott Solo 1000 almost exclusively for all of my handgun and shotgun reloading. It is the cleanest burning powder I have used in over 30 years. It's only good for light to medium loads, but I really like it.
In the .45 acp I usually use 4.1 grains with a 200 gr. swc for target and about a half a grain more to make the IDPA power factor for .45 acp.
If you don't need maximum velocity, this is a very clean powder to use.

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Old February 11, 2000, 03:34 PM   #4
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Many thanks to JohnnyBravo and Cat! I was experimenting with OAL on that same load and seemed to find 1.275" more accurate than 1.245" (1.235" is recommended by National Bullet Company) . Does a longer OAL matter in 45 ACP as I have read it can with rifle or was this a fluke.
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Old February 12, 2000, 07:12 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bill Daniel:
Many thanks to JohnnyBravo and Cat! I was experimenting with OAL on that same load and seemed to find 1.275" more accurate than 1.245" (1.235" is recommended by National Bullet Company) . Does a longer OAL matter in 45 ACP as I have read it can with rifle or was this a fluke.
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Bill, the bullet manufacturer will give you a recommended AOL so their product will have a better cahnce of functioning (safely) in a wide variety of brands and types of firearms.
Yes, AOL matters in a .45 if you're going to fine tune a load for a particular pistol. My rule of thumb is to run the AOL out in length and still retain function and accuracy


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Old February 14, 2000, 04:21 PM   #6
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Thanks again JohnnyBravo!
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