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Old May 6, 2013, 12:20 AM   #3
Aguila Blanca
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Originally Posted by kmherring911
I bought a lee 50th anniversary reloading kit, everything works well expect I really don't like the way the powder measure works. But I am able to work with that for now.
You'll find good advice here (albeit this site does have a discussion area for reloading, which is where this thread probably belongs). But a lot of people love to hate Lee equipment. I use all Lee. A magnanimous individual (who is not affiliated with Lee) set up a forum specifically to discuss their products and using them. You may find it helpful.

I am reloading 45 acp ammo and have fully reloaded about 30 shells with bullseye powder, 230 gr JHP, with once shot federal shells. Those shells actually take small pistol primers (using Winchester).
Federal seems to have switched over to using all small pistol primers. Other makers have not. Winchester's uses small pistol primers in their environmentally-friendly 'NT' (for "Non-Toxic") cases. It's not the cases that are non-toxic, but what Winchester loads into them. Most Winchester .45 Auto brass still takes large pistol primers, as do most other ammo brands in .45 Auto.

My main question is...according to Lyman 49th edition, using a 225 gr jacketed HP the OAL should be 1.243"..I made mine around 1.195 to 1.205 does that make a difference.. Also, again I'm using a 230 gr JHP..and I'm putting about 4.4 grands of powder in it.
The length absolutely makes a difference, but since you aren't using the bullet for which you have load data, there's no way to know what that difference is. What matters is how deep into the case the base (or body) of the bullet extends. More bullet inside the case means less case volume for powder, which means higher pressure when the powder burns.

If you don't have access to a chronograph, try to arrange for the use of one. Also, read up on how to inspect your fired cases for signs of over-pressure.

Try to find data specifically for the bullet you're loading. Not all 230-grain bullets are the same. The reloading guys on the M1911.ORG forum have been compiling a spreadsheet to document this. You can find that here:

The source of the data is from M1911.ORG:
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