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Old October 15, 2011, 11:32 PM   #26
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Like others said, 3.8 to 4.0 Hodgdon Clays under a 230gr lead RN bullet is a good load for both .45 acp semi-autos and revolvers.

3.8 to 4.0 Vithavouri N-310 is even better, shoots a little softer and cleaner than Clays.

4.3 to 4.5 gr Winchester Super target also gets good results.

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Old October 16, 2011, 09:39 AM   #27
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Mike, that just looks scary!
3.3 graings of bullseye. I use it with 185g and 200g. It will work fine with 230 as well, since its even more deeper seated to be the same OAL. I keep the OAL at somewhere between 1.230 and 1.240
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Old October 18, 2011, 04:51 AM   #28
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I use hardcast lead 230-gr. bullets and 4.9 to 5.2 grains of WW 231.
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Old October 18, 2011, 08:48 AM   #29
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I load a 230 grain RNFP that I cast my self over 6 grains of Unique with mixed cases and Winchester LPP. This load seems very good for my XD
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Old October 18, 2011, 09:24 AM   #30
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For target and plinking I usually load either Titegroup, SR4756, or Accurate #5 behind a Winchester 230 gr. RN. As for load data ... always go with the lowest load that will cycle your action. With Titegroup it's easy to get out of hand very quickly, so I always load the lowest charge listed, and I know, from experience, that this will cycle all of my 45s.
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Old October 18, 2011, 09:53 AM   #31
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4.6 gr of Bullseye or 6.0 gr of Unique, with either cast or plated 230 RN. Both shoot really well in all my .45s.
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Old October 18, 2011, 04:36 PM   #32
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Thanks for the info

I"m going to try Bullseye 4.8 GR. 230 Gr FMJ hardball OAL 1.265 and see how it shoots,but bullseye if I remember right did not burn so clean. The Colt is alot of fun to shoot except for the slide being so hard to pull back. If anyone out there has a Colt MK IV Seriers 70 Govt. having the same problem let me know.It may be normal for this model ,but I can tell you this,it"s a hand full. I put it in half cocked safety to pull the slide back. I fired 45 before and it is nothing like this. The 45 works great other than that.
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Old October 18, 2011, 11:02 PM   #33
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Do you suppose perhaps your recoil spring is binding? If it's that awfully hard to draw back the slide, I'm curious how/why your ammo cycles the pistol properly. Does it run well with factory ammo?

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Old October 19, 2011, 05:48 AM   #34
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It was scary, KYO. I also ended up with a small sliver of lead embedded in the skin on my forehead.

What is TRULY scary, though, is that I had been intending to shoot that ammo through my Smith & Wesson Model of 1917, but I forgot the clips and I didn't feel like punching the cases out by hand.

My Springfield 1911 handled the double charge just fine, but my 1917 doubtless would have been absolutely destroyed.
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Old October 19, 2011, 03:31 PM   #35
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For me Titegroup and cast bullets do not fix!!
How come? Whats wrong with Titegroup and cast lead? Just curious.
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Old October 19, 2011, 04:12 PM   #36
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Don, I just have experienced a lot of smoke and leading with titegroup, I think it is just a too fast burning powder for cast.
I have good luck with Unique, Trail Boss and 231, however using Bullseye, which is a fast burning powder also, I get good results,go figure, can't explain that
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Old October 20, 2011, 06:02 AM   #37
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Don, I just have experienced a lot of smoke and leading with titegroup
You might not have a good barrel/bullet fit. Titegroup works great in both my .45 semis and revolvers with cast bullets, either 185 or 230 grain.
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Old October 20, 2011, 01:18 PM   #38
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I have good luck with Unique
I found this powder to be real Smokey, extremely dirty, and it does not meter well at all. I had started reloading with Unique on a friends recommendation and could not wait to finish it up. When cleanup time came it was like black grease on the cylinder face and breech and the dies were a mess inside especially the powder through die. Never again and this is just my opinion and experience with Unique.
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Old October 20, 2011, 10:06 PM   #39
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Is there a story here that you want to share?
It seems that you were shooting for 4.9 of 231.
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Old October 21, 2011, 08:41 PM   #40
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For me it's 5.5 gr of 231 and my own LRN.
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Old October 26, 2011, 11:42 AM   #41
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.45 ACP Loads

I favor using:

IMR Hi-Skor 800X 6.6gr CCI 300 Large Pistol primer 1.270" COL Laser-Cast lead RN 230gr

IMR Hi-Skor 800X 7.0gr CCI 300 Large Pistol primer 1.260" COL Remington FMJ 230gr
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Old October 27, 2011, 03:52 PM   #42
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I like to drop a Hornady #45177 (230 gr. TMJ) onto 6.6 grains of Power Pistol. These are crazy accurate.
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Old October 27, 2011, 08:22 PM   #43
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4.6gr of 231 under a Hornady 230gr LRN runs like a champ thru my DW 1911s. Soft recoiling & very accurate.
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