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Old October 22, 2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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Berry's bullets and 230gn 45 ACP

Hello all,
I'm wanting to start loading Berry's bullets in 230gn for 45 ACP. I was wondering what type of "recipes" you're using. I've looked in many manuals but can't find any definitive recipes. I've even looked on Berry's Bullets website and the just say to start at the low range of lead bullets.
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Old October 22, 2012, 06:15 PM   #2
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five grains Bullseye

I've used five grains of Bullseye behind both plated, jacketed and lead 230 grain bullets with great results. The load is accurate and I'm quite certain it doesn't constitute a +P load. 5.3 grains of Bullseye yields 756 FPS from my 4.5 inch S&W M&P.
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Old October 22, 2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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Thank you for your response

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Old October 22, 2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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I use 5 grains of either W231 or Bullseye for all my 230gr loads.
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Old October 22, 2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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5.5gr of Universal Seems to recreate Factory feel with respect to recoil and muzzle flash.
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Old October 23, 2012, 01:44 PM   #6
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45 acp

I think if you use Bullseye, that 5.0 gr is the norm. I use the same load from 185 gr to 230 gr Berry's Plated RN's, with good results and excellant accuracy.

I do push the 230 gr's up to 5.5 gr in my XD45, but only for carry loads.
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Old October 23, 2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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I found 5.0 gr 231 to be accurate in my Ruger with either Berry's or Rainier 230 grainers.
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Old October 24, 2012, 01:15 PM   #8
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Seems Bullseye and W231 are popular powders for .45. Anybody use any other powders?
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Old October 24, 2012, 01:32 PM   #9
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5.1 gn titegroup
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Old October 24, 2012, 03:19 PM   #10
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+1 on titegroup. Admittedly I haven't tried anything else.
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Old October 24, 2012, 03:32 PM   #11
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5 grains of Bullseye has to be the oldest hardball match load around. I saw that load was given for some mid 1920's Frankford Arsenal 230 grain match ammo. Still works. About 825-840 fps from a 5" test barrel.

That said, Hodgdon Universal will meter better and burn cleaner. About 5.2 grains to match the older load's velocity and pressure pretty closely. 231 will meter even more easily, but is not cleaner, and matches Bullseye's pressure at about 5.1 grains.

If you're just looking for target practice, it is really not necessary to use a full charge of powder. Usually 4.2 grains of Bullseye, 4.3 of 231, and 4.4 of Universal will work just fine unless you have a short barrel gun with stiff springs that really need a full load. The lower velocity makes you work a little harder at follow-through, so it's good for practicing the surprise break with your trigger. Tells you right away when you've messed that up.
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Old October 24, 2012, 03:32 PM   #12
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Hodgdon Universal works well also ....mid range of jacketed bullets is what Berry's recommends / and nothing over 1200 fps...which isn't a problem on a .45 acp with a 230gr bullet.

Check the Hodgdon site ...for min and max...
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Old October 24, 2012, 06:35 PM   #13
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230 grain bullets I use 5 to 5.5 grais of Bullseye, depending on bullet type and how much bang I want.

I have also been using Power Pistol, mainly because it was very cheap, and accuracy is retained. I kind of like it, flash and bang are side effects.

I would also like to add that all of my recipies were worked up from published load data using standard good reloading practices.
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Old October 24, 2012, 07:05 PM   #14
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I must be the oddball. I use all the above loads but tend to favor 5.5gns Unique. It fills the case a little better IMO and works well for me.
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Old October 24, 2012, 07:23 PM   #15
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Any one ever try HS6?

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Old October 24, 2012, 11:23 PM   #16
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Titegroup is not recommended for plated bullets.

Loads do not transfer directly to plated bullets.

I'm surprised at some of you.

I stopped using plated bullets when accuracy became more important than they could deliver.
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Old October 24, 2012, 11:52 PM   #17
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Interesting. Plated is supposed to be loaded like lead, and my Lyman manual lists a Titegroup and lead 225gr.
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Old October 25, 2012, 12:08 AM   #18
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To the OP:

Any load listed for a 230 grain lead bullet should work fine.

Remember to use a taper crimp--not a roll crimp--and load conservatively.
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Old October 25, 2012, 06:05 AM   #19
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My mistake. I checked my notes. Titegroup is not recommended for those moly coated bullets by Precision Bullets.

I have several loads of Titegroup and plated.

My problem with them was tumbling. I switched to Hornday jacketed, and the problem went away.
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Old October 25, 2012, 06:48 PM   #20
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Berry's specifically says.....use low to mid level data for jacketed bullets...
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from Berry's web site...in FAQ's...

FAQ: How do I load Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets?

Plated bullets occupy a position between cast bullets and jacketed bullets. They are soft lead, but have a hard outer shell on them. When loading plated bullets we have found best results using low- to mid-range jacketed data in the load manual. You must use data for a bullet that has the same weight and profile as the one you are loading. Do not exceed mid-range loads. Do not use magnum loads.

Berry's recommendations on velocity ...
Velocities depend on the caliber, but as a rule of thumb, we recommend you don't shoot our plated bullets over 1250 feet-per-second. Our 44's actually shoot best around 1150 fps. 45's are generally good at 850-900 fps. Our bullets are not recommended for magnum velocities over 1250fps unless the bullet description denotes a thick plated bullet with a higher listed maximum for velocity.
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Old October 25, 2012, 09:43 PM   #21
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I dont know about the 230's from Berry but the 200 grain Hollow Points and 5 grains of Titegroup is my favorite load so far. I plan to do a litte testing though with 231 and Unique just to see if I am missing anything.
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Old November 30, 2012, 12:22 PM   #22
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I settled on 7.1 gn of HS6. They're fun gentle plinkers. Thanks for everyones help.

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Old November 30, 2012, 12:27 PM   #23
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I use 230gr RN from X-Treme Bullets. I load them up with 5.0gr of Bullseye powder and am very happy with the load. They are very accurate and they are pretty darn fast as well. I believe these are great for plinking and something more if necessary. That being said, im always open to improving on my loading so I will sit back and listen a little bit.

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Old November 30, 2012, 01:46 PM   #24
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In general I use N320 for my plated bullets and HP38/W231 for lead in all my autos (.380, 9mm, .45). Accuracy is about the same. N320 is cleaner. I figure after I shoot lead I am going to clean the gun completely anyway, so I dont mind the dirtier, cheaper powder. When I stick to just plated over N320 I can go much further between thorough cleanings. A few passes with a boresnake and quick wipedown at the range is all my autos get during the week if I have been shooting plated.
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Old November 30, 2012, 02:41 PM   #25
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I use 200gr hollow points from Berrys. But my recipe is 5.7gr of HP-38 behind a 200gr hollow point. Its close to max though.
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