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Old January 18, 2007, 02:40 PM   #1
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.45 w/ RedDot Charge question

I'm getting ready to start loading .45 ACP and have purchased a container of RedDot powder. I'm trying to figure out what kind of bullets to use and I have noticed that Red Dot charges are not listed for all kinds of bullets. I was looking to purchase some of the Ranier plated bullets from Midway, but my Lee Reloading book does not have listings for Red Dot under the plated bullets.

Can I safely load using the specs for simple lead while using these plated bullets? It seems like it shouldn't be a problem, but I don't have a good way of comparing charges between plated and jacketed for any given powder.

Also, should I consider just purchasing lead bullets? I am not terribly thrilled with that idea because I'm not real sure how my 1911 will respond to non-jacketed bullets. Is there a significant dis-advantage to lead bullets?

Thanks for the help everyone, I'm new to reloading and excited to get started, but I want to make sure I have all my info together before I do.

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Old January 18, 2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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Red dot is a pretty fast powder and is not suitable for many handgun loads. I have some that I use for smaller caliber handgun loads, but I originally bought it for shotshell reloading. It's not a powder I use much at all, having found that it has some density issues. If you want to use a good flake powder froom Alliant, Unique would be more versatile. W231 is also a good all rounds handgun powder.
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Old January 18, 2007, 03:55 PM   #3
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The only down side of lead (aside from shooting indoors) is when you try to push it fast. That said, I don’t think you will find any problems running lead through a 1911, one of mine has well in excess of 750K of lead through it. I began running lead for economy and never looked back.
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Old January 18, 2007, 04:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip Amamnn. But can I still use the Red Dot? Maybe I'll just go lead since there shouldn't be any negative effects and I have a load listing for that in my books.

Also, what does everyone recommend for a beginner to use to measure powder? I've got the scoop that came with my die set, but man that could be pretty inaccurate. Any other reasonably priced options?

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Old January 18, 2007, 04:52 PM   #5
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you should not have any problems with red dot, I use it in all my light and medium pistol cartridges, 38 45 45acp
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Old January 19, 2007, 11:04 AM   #6
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Red Dot

I use Red Dot for 45, 9mm, 40 S&W, and 380 ACP reloads. Get manufacturer's specs from Alliant powders. John
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Old January 19, 2007, 01:51 PM   #7
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OF COURSE you can use Red Dot...or Green Dot, or Blue Dot, or Unique...any of them.

I use them all, whichever I have the most of first.

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Old January 19, 2007, 02:47 PM   #8
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I recommend the Lee Perfect Powder Measure,or the AutoDisk measure. $20-30 at Midway,etc.
The PPM works well with flake powders. That was my first measure after the dippers.
Red Dot is just fine for handgun loads. It's slower than Bullseye,which is a fantastic handgun powder,so don't worry about it being a fast burner.
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