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Old October 12, 2006, 07:12 AM   #1
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45acp

Anybody have any accurate loads for 45acp they would like to share. I havent purchased powder yet so am open to idea's.
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Old October 12, 2006, 08:18 AM   #2
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My standard for many years now.....

230gr. hardcast RN lead bullet.
5.3gr. Winchester 231.
CCI primer.
Winchester or Federal brass.

Seated 1.250" OAL.
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Old October 12, 2006, 08:33 AM   #3
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4.0 Grains Bullseye, 200 Grain Lead Semi Wadcutter, WLP Primer. 1" Group at 25 yards from my Kimber
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Old October 12, 2006, 10:40 AM   #4
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4.5 grains Bullseye
200 grain SWC cast or plated bullet
Federal 150 primer
Star-Line brass
OAL 1.25-ish
Should do right at 800 fps from most 5" barrels. Soft shooting load that will cycle most 1911's with standard recoil springs. Very accurate if you build them consistantly.

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Old October 12, 2006, 10:57 AM   #5
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3.7g-3.8g of Clays (clean and soft)
200g LSWC
1.257"-1.26" OAL
.470"-.471" crimp
CCI #300 large primers
Mixed Brass

Shot through several 1911's.
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Old October 12, 2006, 11:52 AM   #6
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Depends on what you're looking for.
My favorite load is 7.0 grains of unique, a 200 grain XTP bullet, a starline case, and a CCI 300 primer.
It is a very mellow, accurate load, not cheap to shoot, but very accurate.
If you're looking for ultra clean or ultra low recoil, look elsewhere, this is an accuracy load.
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Old October 12, 2006, 01:00 PM   #7
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Good range load.

200 grain LSWC
Federal LP primer
5.1 grains Titegroup
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Old October 12, 2006, 01:31 PM   #8
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45ACP load

200 gr LSWC
5.0gr 231
Winchester WLP primer
winchester brass

It also works with the tons of milsup brass I have.

I have from time to time gotten stuck with LSWC bullets that are a bit too soft and cause leading I didn't like. I would mix a 50-50 solution of Zippo lighter fluid and Lee's Liquid ALOX. Used as directed and it would stop almost all of the leading difficulties. I bought a cheap cookie sheet and a roll of wax paper after getting caught using stuff from the kitchen.
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Old October 12, 2006, 01:55 PM   #9
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My pet load for almost 30 years:
7.7 gr Unique
200 gr SWC or 185 gr JHP
WW large pistol primer

Good accuracy, minimal muzzle flash, flawless cycling, just one ragged hole on the paper at 25 yds.
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Old October 12, 2006, 04:14 PM   #10
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230 grain FMJ over 5.8 grains Unique with WLP in mixed brass. 1.26 OAL.
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Old October 12, 2006, 04:20 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the help guy's. Now I have a different but better problem, which one to try first.
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Old October 12, 2006, 06:16 PM   #12
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think 4.0gr of Bullseye was the military .45acp load? Mil-spec or commercial spec loads always help me decide which one to start with.
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Old October 12, 2006, 06:27 PM   #13
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Just got back from getting powder, looks like they made my mind up for me because all they had was Unique, no Bullseye. Thats the only place that's close so will have to wait and try the Bullseye later.
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Old October 12, 2006, 06:44 PM   #14
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think 4.0gr of Bullseye was the military .45acp load?
Yes, but I believe it was 5.0gr
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Old October 12, 2006, 07:52 PM   #15
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I have been very pleased with the following configuration:
Federal Case
Win. Lg. Pistol Primer
Hornady 230gr. XTP JHP
4.3gr. Hodgdon TiteGroup.

7.7gr. Unique has also been a favorite in the past.
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Old October 13, 2006, 09:58 AM   #16
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think 4.0gr of Bullseye was the military .45acp load?
I think 5 grains Bullseye and a 230 grain FMJ is a pretty close match for standard "ball" ammo.

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Old October 14, 2006, 07:15 AM   #17
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4 Grains of Bullseye with a 200 Grain SWC is a Light but very accurate Target load. It's very comfortable to shoot, but still got enough umph to cycle a 1911 reliably without changing the recoil spring. Definately not a factory or military load.
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Old October 14, 2006, 09:19 AM   #18
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Pick whatever bullet type fits your use and load it with an appropriate charge of Unique.
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Old October 15, 2006, 10:43 AM   #19
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Old October 15, 2006, 07:21 PM   #20
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Just finished loading some, I ended up using the unique as that's what was recomended and available. The load ended up being 7.7gr unique and 185gr XTP horady bullets along with Winchester large pistol primer's again because thats what I could get. Thanks again for all the ideas and help.
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Old October 16, 2006, 01:34 PM   #21
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Be careful. Loads given for lead bullets are not going to produce equivalent pressures with jacketed bullets of the same weight. In particular, any difference in seating depth or case brand can significantly affect pressure, especially in short, straight-wall cases. 7.7 grains of Unique with the 185 grain XTP isn't leaving a lot of pressure margin. It is always better to knock 10% off a load recommendation and work up slowly in your gun.

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Old October 18, 2006, 03:56 PM   #22
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7.7gr Unique

I used to load 7.7gr Unique behind the 200gr Speer "flying ashtray". HOT load! clocked 998fps out of a 4.25in Browning BDA (early Sig P 220). Worked ok, accutrate, ejection was "snappy". Friend shot a mag through his 1911A1 pin gun, and it cratered primers badly. BAck off a bit if you are shooting a 1911!
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Old October 18, 2006, 05:05 PM   #23
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I know good advise when I hear it. I am going to back down to 7.0gr.
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Old October 19, 2006, 10:44 AM   #24
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Since each firearm is unique (even same make and model) to get the best accuracy you need to experiment with several different load configurations and find one that works best in your specific gun.

Fortunately the .45ACP is nearly 100 years old and there is mountains of load data available for it.
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Old October 19, 2006, 01:33 PM   #25
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The 200 gr JHP has a max load of 7.0 gr of Unique. 7.7 gr is 10% overloaded. That would explain the cratered primers.

The 185 gr JHP has a max load of 8.5 gr of unique, so 7.7 gr is 10% below max load.

Remember to read the reloading manuals, guys. Keep it safe!
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