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Old October 13, 2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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Reloading 45 ACP 230 gr.RN

Looking for a good target load for a 230 gr. Not to hot just punching holes. I have load books, just looking for what your pet loads are.
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Old October 13, 2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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Mine....I use Montana Gold 230gr RN bullets / Hodgdon TiteGroup powder ( 4.4 grains ) where min is 4.4 gr and max is 4.8grains / and CCI primers. Its been a very good load for me ....and I've easily fired 20,000 or more reloads in .45 acp in last 4 or 5 yrs with the same specs.
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Old October 13, 2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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I've had good luck with locally produced 230 gr. LRN bullets and 4.7 gr. of Titegroup. That's a near-max load, so you might want to tone it down a bit, or at least work up to it, but it's worked well in both my Ruger P345 and .45ACP S&W Model 22-4 revolver.

This same load also works well as a milder load for 185 gr. bullets in the same guns. No function issues at all in the semi-auto. Revolver loads can go quite a bit lighter, but may not work well in a semi-auto.
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Old October 13, 2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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230 lead SWC over 4.7 gr. of 231.
Mild and accurate in my Chow 1911 wad gun.
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Old October 13, 2011, 04:29 PM   #5
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4.3gr of Universal under a Lee 452-230-1r mold. Very mild, low recoil, great for IDPA.
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Old October 13, 2011, 06:56 PM   #6
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3.8gr Clays, 230gr LRN[Speer], mixed brass and Win LPP. Very accurate, mild and CLEAN! This is out of my SA 5". My favorite paper punching load.

OAL: 1.270"

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Old October 13, 2011, 07:12 PM   #7
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5.0 gr W231, 230 gr Hornady FMJ RN projectile, OAL 1.255", FC or Winchester cases, Federal LP Primer. This particular load will shoot 1 1/2" or better off sand bags at 25 yds, the pistol is a Springfield 1911 that I smithed as a student while enrolled in Trinidad St. Jr College Gunsmith program. William
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Old October 13, 2011, 09:21 PM   #8
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I use 4.3gr of Bullseye for my Hornady 230gr RN
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Old October 13, 2011, 09:34 PM   #9
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There are tons of good plinking 45 loads. I've used mainly Bullseye and Universal for mine. With Jacketed/Plated I'll use either but for lead I am just using clean burning powders (IE not bullseye). Its like the perfect storm of sludge when using that and I grew tired of having to use a dental pick to clean out the black crud in my gun. Universal and lead doesn't leave a clean gun, but it isn't awful either. The loads I've used with 230 grain LRN is 4.3 of Bullseye and 4.7 of Universal. I've actually got some Green Dot with works great for my 9mm loads that I need to try next.
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Old October 14, 2011, 03:02 AM   #10
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I use anybody's lead 230 slug RN and 5.5 gr Unique.
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Old October 14, 2011, 05:54 AM   #11
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My go to load is, 5.1 gr. Win 231 and Hornady bullets. Works great in 2 45's. Win 231 is superior to bullseye, in the cleaning aspect.
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Old October 14, 2011, 06:04 AM   #12
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I use hardcast lead 230-gr. bullets and 4.9 to 5.2 grains of WW 231.
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Old October 14, 2011, 07:11 AM   #13
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I don't load 230 RN very often (do you mean 230 Lead RN or 230 FMJ?).
In my case, when I do load this type of load, I use the FMJ bullet and 5.0 grains of Bullseye.
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Old October 14, 2011, 07:15 AM   #14
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I am using 4.4 grain of Titegroup under 230 grain hard cast round nose lead. I split the difference from a min. 4.0 to a max. 4.8. Works good.
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Old October 14, 2011, 10:27 AM   #15
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Also if you go the 231 route, Hodgdon HP38 is the exact same thing for a little cheaper.
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Old October 14, 2011, 04:08 PM   #16
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If you really want to have fun with a cast 230 gr. RN, push it with 4 gr. Trail Boss
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Old October 14, 2011, 04:44 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone I posted in wrong thread.

Re poster thread 230 FMJ Thanks Again
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Old October 14, 2011, 04:58 PM   #18
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I use 700X for shotshells, 9mm and 45ACP. It is quite a versatile powder that burns fairly clean in all uses. I don't recall off the top of my head how many grains for 45, but there are a lot of good sources out there.
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Old October 15, 2011, 12:49 AM   #19
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4.0 grains of Tite Group works well for me in 230 grain ball, 230 grain LRN, and for a real light load, 200 grain LSWC.

I used to use the same charge of Bullseye, but Tite Group is a much cleaner burning powder, for me anyhow.
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Old October 15, 2011, 10:22 AM   #20
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Just be careful when you're reloading.

With most of the powders listed here it's possible to get a double charge in the case without any problems at all.

Except when you pull the trigger...



That's what 9.8 grains of WW 231 does to a .45 case. But, it didn't hurt my Springfield in the least.
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Old October 15, 2011, 06:44 PM   #21
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4.3gr of red dot pushing a MBC 230gr RN.
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Old October 15, 2011, 07:07 PM   #22
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Mike, that's why I like Trail Boss!!! For me Titegroup and cast bullets do not fix!!
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Old October 15, 2011, 07:53 PM   #23
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I load on a Dillion and to date no double charges. I think you are less prone to double charges on progressives than if you charge the cases on a loading block. When I used loading blocks and an RCBS little Dandy, I would miss a case, get out of sequence. I do not remember a double charge but it could happen.

Anyway I use 4.5 grains Bullseye behind a 230 LRN. Works great.
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Old October 15, 2011, 08:33 PM   #24
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+1 for 230 gr and 5.0 gr of W231/HP-38.

Also, 4.0 gr of Promo/Red Dot makes a great plinking load.
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Old October 15, 2011, 10:26 PM   #25
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I think you are less prone to double charges on progressives than if you charge the cases on a loading block.
This is why you check powder levels in the now charged cases with the eyeball.
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