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Old April 11, 2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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Hornady 230gr XTP in .45acp

Anyone use this combination? I just loaded a batch using 4.0gr of 700x. This is my first time reloading .45acp and I haven't gotten out to shoot any yet. They dry cycle through the gun fine. Does anyone have any favorite loads for the XTP in .45acp?
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Old April 11, 2012, 08:08 AM   #2
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I loaded some 230 gr XTPs to 775 fps in my S&W 625. That was too slow. Hornady says 800 fps is enough, but I don’t think so.

I shot a 160 lb hog with the load. One round hit the upper front leg and deformed, the other went through the chest cavity, missing bones. I could reload the 2nd one and shoot it again.

If you expect expansion, load them to at least 850. More is better.

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Old April 12, 2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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The 230 xtp has been one of the most accurate 230 jacketed bullets have tried so far. Am using slower powdewr to 900 fps from 5 inch at 1.215 col.

Keep several hundred in reserve, not practice rounds.
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Old April 12, 2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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You can get the speed up to around 900 fps using AA#7 powder. The manufacture has load data on line. Recoil will be heavier then what you normally would get firing factory range ammo. I have not been able to get 700X to reliably work in powder measures. I had to hand weight each load to make sure it was right. When done that way 700X was accurate but I feel it takes too much time to use it. It did work great for 12 guage skeet loads.
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Old April 15, 2012, 09:27 AM   #5
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I use HS-6 and load it to 850 fps.
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Old April 15, 2012, 11:45 AM   #6
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I use Silhouette at 950fps.
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Old April 17, 2012, 09:18 AM   #7
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goal

What is the goal of your load? What work, specifically, do you want your 230g XTP-HP to perform?
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Old April 18, 2012, 07:18 AM   #8
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Thanks for the advice. I fired the batch through my RIA 1911a1 match. They cycled fine and were definately accurate. For now I'm going to keep using the 700x since that's what I have. It looks like I can clear the 850fps mark or at least get there with it.

WESHOOT2, The gun is my new hiking/backpacking gun so I guess the answer is mostly for self-defense.
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Old April 19, 2012, 06:08 AM   #9
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good goal

Suggest at some time testing Alliant Power Pistol under that XTP for safe high velocity.
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