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Old December 11, 2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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Favorite .45 Lead Grain

Getting close to adding the .45 ACP to my reloading. For target use, anyone have a "favorite" grain bullet in hard cast lead? Granted, one can save powder with the heavier bullet, but overall performance better one over the other?
Appreciate any .45 loaders comments!
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Old December 11, 2007, 04:52 PM   #2
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I'm starting to load .45 and 9mm for my autoshuckers after being really happy with shooting LSWC for a few thousand rounds from my 44 and 357 platforms.

My personal pet theory is to keep the lead bullets toward the heavy side. This delivers the energy downrange, while keeping the bullet velocity in the barrel reasonable. I don't get much leading at all in my 1911... I have yet to get out and shoot my new lead loads for my XD9 though.

I go 230gr RN for .45 and 127gr RN for 9mm. 158's for .357 & .38, 240's for 44mag and 200's for 44 special.
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Old December 11, 2007, 05:04 PM   #3
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I used to get quite a bit of leading, with the store bought reloads, before I started reloading my own. As you, I hardly get any after many rounds, of course I'm a clean freak, and clean after each trip to the Range.
I buy my lead at www.mastercastbullets.com in case you want to check Mike out. Great product, at a great price, plus he really knows shooting. At least that's what I think!
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Old December 11, 2007, 05:05 PM   #4
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Serious target shooters have shot a lot of 185, 190, and 200 grain cast semiwadcutters over the years. The original Crawford design was meant to keep the same length of bearing surface as the 230 hardball bullet but with the nose cut down to the least that would feed. There are 200 grain roundnose if your gun is not throated for semiwadcutters.

I have shot some cast 230s but tend back to the 200s because of their long history, lots of data, and a sentimental recollection that a 200 grain (jacketed) bullet was good enough for Mr Browning and Colt's in 1905.
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Old December 11, 2007, 05:44 PM   #5
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Thanks a bunch! That is what I wanted to know, appreciate your post and experience!
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Old December 11, 2007, 05:48 PM   #6
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Forgot to mention, I will be feeding a Springfield 1911 Loaded, haven't picked it up yet. Have others from 9mm through .40, have to get me a 1911 in the stable. My research came down to a S&W or a Springer, in my price range.
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Old December 11, 2007, 06:07 PM   #7
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I also favor the 200 gr LSWC. atho I switched to Bear Creek coated SWC and like them too. I also was into molding my own for a while. I used the Lee tumble lube 200gr SWC and used Lee's ALOX on them, virtually no leading. I suppose you could use the ALOX on other lead bullets and get the same result. I stopped molding my own due to a move. The gear to change wheel weights into ingots wasn't mine.
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Old December 11, 2007, 06:47 PM   #8
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Thanks

Guy's I will start with the 200 gr. lead, and I'm sure at my level they will work just fine. Nothing but the little "red center" blown out of course.
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Old December 11, 2007, 07:36 PM   #9
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I shoot 200gr. RN exclusively in my 1911. It feeds 'em good, and they go where I point the gun! Not easy to find, you can get them from Midstates Cast Bullets.

NOTE: The prices listed on their site need updating. I paid $44/500 shipped.
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Old December 11, 2007, 09:46 PM   #10
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I shoot mostly 200gr SWC that I get from Two Alpha Bullets.
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Old December 11, 2007, 10:02 PM   #11
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I also have a Loaded Springfield 1911 and have shot a lot of Berry's 185gr HBRN (hollow base round nose) ... it is a plated 185gr with the nose AND bearing surface of a 230. Not sure why I went with the 185, but once I tried them, I liked them a lot and they are cheaper than the 230 grainers because of the lead content as well as the freight.

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Old December 11, 2007, 10:19 PM   #12
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200gr LSWC hands down.
Now the original for that gun was the 230gr round nose, because back then they had more trouble with the ramps and reliable feeding. But now days with modern CNC machinery, the ramps are better, and most 1911's will feed semi wad cutters very well. So now days for target work and just plinking, the 200gr is the winner.
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Old December 11, 2007, 11:06 PM   #13
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ShootingNut:

Thanks for the link. I've been through several thousand pills from Oregon Trail, Beartooth, Berry's, Rainier, Winchester, Hornady and others, and I stumbled across MasterCast about two months ago.

I was (un?)fortunate enough to simultaneously run out of 357, 45 and 44 bullets at the same time and decided to give MasterCast a try. They definitely had the best price, so I ordered four thousand bullets from them about a week ago. Three packages; postman got grumpy after two and the third one is waiting for me at the PO.

Definitely a great value, and I'm looking forward to shooting them. They are certainly very cleanly cast with nice sharp wadcutter shoulders even after being transported across the country and bouncing around.
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