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Old June 14, 2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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45 colt "ruger only" 230 gr lead

i am looking for some heavy recoil or ruger only 45 colt loads for some 230 gr 45 cast lead (round nose or semi wadcutter).

i already have some 2400 and unique so if you have any recommendations for those that would be great.

i am new to reloading so i would be more inclined to want to use a slower burning and/or larger volume powder

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Old June 14, 2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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That's a lighter bullet than most use for the "Ruger Only" loads. I think you'll be limited by velocity rather than pressure with that one.

Accurate's Load Guide v3.5 shows 14.8 to 16.4 gr of No.7 under a Montana Cast Bullet 225gr TC for 1087 to 1235 fps.
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Unless you have already purchased or cast the bullets, with a .45 Colt, you really want to go with 250 RFN or 255 swc or even heavier. 2400 is good for hotter loads, with top step being H110/W296.
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Old June 14, 2011, 10:35 PM   #4
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I acquired about 1200 230gr (about 400 RN and 800 SWC) in a trade and wanted to use them up before I bought some more. wanted to make a few with some heavy recoil for my 4 5/8 blackhawk just to see how it handled.
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Old June 14, 2011, 10:40 PM   #5
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I like 7.5 grains of Red Dot with 230 grain cast bullets. It's not a max load for a Ruger, but it's got some kick to it. I haven't tried loading bullets that light using a heavy dose of slow powder; I use 250's and 255's for that.
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Old June 14, 2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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Is the filling of the case more important than high pressure/ high speed?
Leading could become problematic when pushing those light weight bullets at high velocities.
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Old June 15, 2011, 07:41 AM   #7
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not guessing

There must be a crimp groove in those bullets so you can mechanically secure them using a heavy non-taper roll crimp (recommend the Redding Profile Crimp die).

If they have no groove do not attempt to make nukes with them, as the bullets will pull forward under recoil and lock up cylinder rotation.
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