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Old March 15, 2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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Load for .45 ACP 230 grain lead trunaced cone?

So I'm using the Lee tumble lube 230 grain truncated cone mold now, to see if I can solve the problems caused by the shoulder on the 230 grain round nose bullet.

Is 4.0 grains still a good starting load for this round?

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Old March 15, 2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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What was the shoulder problem?

I load 5 grns Bullseye under a 230 Hornady FMJ-FP so with a lead bullet I would say that was a good starting point.
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Old March 15, 2011, 03:25 PM   #3
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Problem? What problem. The shoulder ain't no problem. 4.0 gr of Bullseye ought to work as a good starting point (you don't actually name the powder).
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Old March 15, 2011, 04:25 PM   #4
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maillemaker wrote:
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to see if I can solve the problems caused by the shoulder on the 230 grain round nose bullet.
What problem????????????
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Is 4.0 grains still a good starting load for this round?
4 grains of what???????

?????????????????????????
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Old March 15, 2011, 04:40 PM   #5
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Is 4.0 grains still a good starting load for this round?
4 grains of what, SAND? Bellybuttonlint?

this bullet?



Or this one?



The first one might cause a problem IF you left the front driving band in front of the brass. The trick with the lee tumble lube boolits is you have to crimp right into the front driving band to leave it flush with the case mouth. If that was your problem, you'll be in the same boat with the 230 TC TL.
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Old March 15, 2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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This was the problem:

http://www.forth-armoury.com/temp/bu...s/problems.htm
http://www.forth-armoury.com/temp/bu...lems/sizes.htm

Basically, the Lee 230 grain LRN tumble groove bullet has a shoulder that is about .016" tall. Couple this with the brass .011" thick, and you end up with a shoulder that is about .027" tall all the way around the base of the bullet.

I'm hoping that the tumble lube truncated cone bullet, which has no shoulder, will feed better for me.

4 grains of what, SAND? Bellybuttonlint?

Sorry. Bullseye. According the load data that came with my Lee dies, a 230 grain lead bullet is a 230 grain lead bullet, so 4.0 grains of Bullseye should be fine for a starting load.

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Old March 15, 2011, 09:14 PM   #7
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I have that TL452-230-TC mold and I really like it for .45 Colt. I haven't tried it in .45 ACP cuz I don't load that cartridge, but it is .025" shorter than Lee's -2R and -1R round nosed bullets. So for the same OAL, you won't be seating the bullet as deep, and maybe not running into the case web and bulging the brass (if that's what is causing the trouble)
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Old March 15, 2011, 11:04 PM   #8
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Yeah Steve, 4 gr. should make it work. Because you still might have a bit of drag you may have to up it a bit. You’ll know for sure as soon as you fire a couple and check the next one in the mag. Hope the bullet change solves your problem......... Gene
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Old March 15, 2011, 11:34 PM   #9
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My Lyman book has that mold listed and it starts out at (Bullseye) 4.6 and goes to 5.1 with a COL of 1.170. If you want any other powders let me know.

this is out of the new Lyman book the 4th edition.
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Old March 16, 2011, 08:18 AM   #10
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My Lyman book has that mold listed and it starts out at (Bullseye) 4.6 and goes to 5.1 with a COL of 1.170. If you want any other powders let me know.

this is out of the new Lyman book the 4th edition.
Hey, thanks for the info, but I also have a Lyman Reloading Handbook and it is the "49th" edition. What Lyman book do you have?

This is the one I have:

http://www.amazon.com/Lyman-Reloadin...ref=pd_sim_b_2

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Old March 16, 2011, 09:28 AM   #11
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Sorry it is the casting book, not just the reloading book. They listed loads for several molds from other makers including RCBS, Lee, Saeco, and a few others. As you can imagine they have quite a few powders listed for that mold.
This is the one I have http://www.amazon.com/Cast-Bullet-Ha...ef=pd_sim_b_11
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Old March 16, 2011, 10:46 AM   #12
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Wow.

I actually ordered that book from Amazon, and I think I got ripped off.

What I received was basically a sales brochure for Lyman products. Didn't look like that book at all. Maybe it was an older edition or something. I'll check when I get home.

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Old March 16, 2011, 01:26 PM   #13
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Ya it is actually kind of a decent book. I am glad I read it.
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Old March 18, 2011, 12:42 AM   #14
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Well, I ordered the wrong damn thing. I ordered the Lyman Reloading and Cast Bullet Guide. Cost $18! And all it is is basically a product catalog for Lyman. Damn.
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Old March 18, 2011, 12:44 AM   #15
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OK, Grubby, so for the Lee 230 grain Tuble Lube Groove Truncated Cone bullet, the starting was 4.6 grains of Bullseye? This is quite a bit more than what Lyman lists for the 230 grain LRN bullet, which starts at 4.0 grains.

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Old March 18, 2011, 07:27 AM   #16
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I found it to be a very mild load, my springer XD likes the max load and shoots very well with it.

The difference may have to do with how deep the bullet seats, but I am not sure. I have the same Lee mold # TL452-230-TC I found it to be a good shooting bullet but there are many on the cast forum who found it other wise.
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Old March 18, 2011, 06:33 PM   #17
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For what its worth:

Hornady 8th: 4.4gr-5.5gr

Lee 2nd:4.0 gr-4.0gr

As a newb to .45 ACP I started at 4.5 and worked up to 5.5 by .2 gr. Had zero problems along the way. Everything functioned fine. Had zero indications of excess pressure. I'm going with the 4.7 gr bullseye for now and will compare to 4.5gr. and 4.3gr. I'll probably try loading down to see where I start getting function problems.

(Above fired through Springfield Mil Spec 1911)

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Old March 19, 2011, 12:22 PM   #18
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It's interesting that Lee is claiming velocity of 810 fps for their 4.0 grains of Bullseye while Hornady predicts 800 fps with 4.7 grains.
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Old March 19, 2011, 06:48 PM   #19
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Is the data the same across from both. Same bullet same seating depth same same every thing? Including test firearm. barrel lengths will give different fps results as well.
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Old March 19, 2011, 07:01 PM   #20
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I have that one!

I and a friend have been shooting that bullet with 4.6 grains of win 231 at 1.170 OAL. Shoots a little low for him but dead on for me from Kimber TLE II. A very accurate load for me.
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Old March 20, 2011, 06:35 AM   #21
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I'm sure you are right Grubbylabs.

Hornady is using their own swaged bullet with a COL of 1.245" Lee is giving data for a generic "230 Grain Lead Bullet" with a "Min OAL" of 1.190".

I've GOT to get me a chronograph so I can see for myself the effect various changes such as seating depth, make or style of bullet and even primer make and type.
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