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Old September 29, 2008, 04:36 PM   #1
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What is your most Accurate 45 ACP 230gr load?

In a fire a number of years ago I lost all my loading data that I had worked out over 20 or so years. Everything from .22 to .458s. I am getting back into shooting .45ACP on a regular basis now, and I was hoping that you kind folks would be nice enough to post your pet 230gr jacketed .45 ACP loads.
It would also be interesting to see how many of you use the same load data as well, so feel free to list your load, even if you already see it listed.
Thank you all so much for this information. I hope in the future I will be able to help some of you with a little of the information I have picked up over the years in return for your kindness.
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Old September 29, 2008, 05:25 PM   #2
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used in- S.A.1911
45acp
230gr fmj, 5.7 AA no. 2
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Old September 29, 2008, 06:26 PM   #3
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225gr CLRN
5.8 gr WW-231
Fed 150's

But my normal load is 5.5 gr's, still 850 fps and not so max. Note the cast lead and not FMJ!!!!
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Old September 29, 2008, 06:32 PM   #4
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I won't claim to have done a zillion loads in .45acp, but I've had really good results with 230 fmj over 6.2 grains of Unique.
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Old September 29, 2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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8.3 grs HS-6 under a 230 gr XTP COL 1.250
8.2 grs HS-6 under a 230 gr Golden Sabre COL-1.220

With all of my 1911's, I've found COL to be very critical for accuracy. The GS load will grow to 4" at 25 yds if the COL is 1.210. The above load shoots ragged one hole groups from bags at 25 yds from a target model 1911. Generally though, I shoot 200 gr bullets.
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Old September 29, 2008, 07:42 PM   #6
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4.9 gr W231 under Speer 230 gr TMJ COAL 1.25
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Old September 29, 2008, 07:53 PM   #7
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9.8 grains of WW 231 behind a 230-gr. LRN bullet.

It's a little on the warm side, thought...




Yeah, that was a bad loading mistake. It was supposed to be my favorite load, 4.9 grains of WW 231.

I was using a new press and totally out of my loading rhythm...
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Old September 29, 2008, 07:55 PM   #8
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Old September 29, 2008, 07:57 PM   #9
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I am fairly new to loading for the 45 ACP, however FWIW I am getting along fine with 5.4 gr of Unique, and a 430 Gr Berry's round nose. CCI Primer.
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Old October 6, 2008, 04:05 PM   #10
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Thanks a lot for the loads. I remembered a couple of mine were very close to some that I have read on here. Especially the Winchester powder loads. I always liked that powder a lot.
Back when I was young I didnt shoot much lead, the ones avalible back then to me were just to soft and I would get a ton of leading. But as I understand it, these days they make much better bullets that can be bought on line. Which is a very good thing, as they do not allow ANY jacketed loads at my clubs indoor range.
You have all been a great help to me, and I thank each and every one of you for your time and trouble.
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Old October 6, 2008, 06:20 PM   #11
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.45 acp I use a Montana Gold bullet 230gr CMJ and 4.7 gr Hodgdon TiteGroup / CCI primers.

TiteGroup is a powder I use in everything from 9mm - .44 mag for my handgun loads / keeps things simple. The min and max on Titegroup doesn't allow for any error - so you do have to be careful and make sure everything is tuned up. For .45 acp my min is 4.4 grains / max is 4.8 gr.
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Old October 6, 2008, 11:03 PM   #12
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.45 acp I use a Montana Gold bullet 230gr CMJ and 4.7 gr Hodgdon TiteGroup / CCI primers.

TiteGroup is a powder I use in everything from 9mm - .44 mag for my handgun loads / keeps things simple. The min and max on Titegroup doesn't allow for any error - so you do have to be careful and make sure everything is tuned up. For .45 acp my min is 4.4 grains / max is 4.8 gr.
That load under MG or Hornady's HAP bullets shoots tightest groups for me as well with 230 grainers. With the MG 185 JHP, 4.3 grains of N-310 puts a smile on my face.
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Old October 7, 2008, 08:33 AM   #13
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I used to always load 45s with WIN 231, but started experimenting with other powders. My new 'favorite' load for my 5" XD45 is:

230gr WIN FMJ
1.260" COL
4.9gr Hodgdon Titegroup
CCI 300 LP Primer

Chrony results: HI:834 LO:820 AV:827 ES:14 SD:4
Very good groups.
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Old October 9, 2008, 08:06 PM   #14
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5.5gr Unique and the 230gr XTP

Works good for plinking.

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Old October 10, 2008, 07:39 PM   #15
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45 ACP Load...

I just finished 100 rounds of 45 ACP, 5.9 gr. Unique, 230 gr. Barry's RN,
WLP Primers, Mix Brass, 1.275 OAL.

Jim...
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Old October 10, 2008, 07:52 PM   #16
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I've shot 4.6gr, 5.0gr, 5.3gr of W231 with 230gr Hornady FMJ.

Close up, the 4.6gr was very easy to keep tight patterns.
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Old October 10, 2008, 07:55 PM   #17
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5.8-6.0 gr. of Unique has always worked well for me.
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Old October 11, 2008, 12:35 AM   #18
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Bullet: LaserCast 230gr LRN
Powder: 4.6gr Bullseye
OAL: 1.250
Taper Crimp: .470
Primer: Winchester WLP

That would be my pet load.
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Old October 11, 2008, 06:42 AM   #19
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but but but

For which gun? (since I have three chambered in 45 ACP, I mean)......
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Old October 14, 2008, 06:13 PM   #20
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A five inch bbl government model. That is what I need the loading data for anyway.
Thanks again for all your help. This is a great site, with great people. I am very glad I found it.
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Old October 14, 2008, 06:24 PM   #21
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Welcome to TFL shooter.
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Old October 16, 2008, 10:50 PM   #22
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5.5 grains of Bullseye with a 200 grain lead semi-wadcutter. Mild recoil, and extremely accurate.
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Old October 16, 2008, 11:44 PM   #23
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-230gr LRN
-4.7gr HP-38/ 231
-CCI or Win LP
-~1.227COL

Pushed out of a cobbled together 1911 Govt. size & a LW Cmdr.

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Old October 17, 2008, 09:08 AM   #24
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5" 1911

Powder choices for stellar accuracy: Bullseye, W231, WST, others.

Primer: CCI30, WLP, others.

Bullet choice: 185g Nosler JHP, 230g Hornady XTP, others.

Case: sized.

Mine (and maybe a few others...): R-P 230g non-bonded Golden Saber, 5.5g W231, CCI300, Winchester new, OAL 1.215", av 814fps from my 5" Bar-Sto barrel.
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Old October 17, 2008, 01:30 PM   #25
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Depending on the day and angle over the chronograph, 5.5 grs W231 goes just at 800 fps with a 230gr FMJ


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230 FMJ (GI) 5.5 grs W231 Mixed Brass WLP
OAL 1.265" taper crimp .469
4-Sep-05 T = 92 °F

Ave Vel = 782.5
Std Dev = 22.64
ES 87.93
High 822.9
Low 735
N = 28
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