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Old January 14, 2006, 07:44 PM   #1
Bigtrike
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45 ACP load

Picked up a couple hundred .45 Montana Gold 185 gr JHP's for target loads in the 700 - 800 fps range, using Universal clays powder. Trouble is, both reloading manuals I have, Speers and Hornaday, don't mention this powder for this load. Any ideas? Also, C.O.L. for this bullet. Thanks.
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Old January 15, 2006, 12:39 AM   #2
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Hodgdon has data listed for a Hornady 185-grain JSWC, seated length is 1.195inches. The charge is 4.9 grains of Universal Clays for a velocity of 981 fps.

It's difficult to find data for 185-grain bullets for the velocity range you specified because pistols with standard recoil springs will not cycle well. I've loaded 185-grain Sierras at lower velocities but have had to use a lighter recoil spring.
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Old January 15, 2006, 12:39 PM   #3
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My Lee manual shows 185 gr jacketed bullet with 4.5gr clays- 909fps...4.9gr -981fps...min oal 1.195 - 17400 cup
185gr XTP min oal 1.210
I use clays for target plinking- 230gr Rainiers RN / 3.8 clays- 1.250 oal.. This is close to the fps you are looking at. JDG
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Old January 16, 2006, 10:57 PM   #4
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Your input is appreciated. Think I'll try the plinker load for now and order the .45 Loadbook from Midway.
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