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Old February 2, 2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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.452 plated bullets in 1911

Went by the LGS today and he had some Berry's .452 230gr RN bullets at a pretty fair price. I am wanting to load these for my 45 acp Colt 1911. I am confused on the .452 diameter though. I haven't loaded 45acp before but i have experience in other pistol and rifle calibers, none in a semi auto pistol? Due to the lack of .451 bullets available I picked these up on a whim. Before I go any further with this I wanted some insight from some more experienced loaders. Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old February 2, 2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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I use Berry's almost exclusively nowadays for my 45 ACP. For the price they are excellent bullets. I tend to use their 185g HBRN. Just load them like you would any jacketed bullet, at least in the 45 ACP.
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Old February 2, 2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Berrys recommends staying below 1200fps but that is really the only caveat. Otherwise load them using regular jacketed bullet data. The .452 vs .451 is not an issue in the slightest.
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Old February 3, 2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Berry's are sized to .452 same as Lead bullets. You purchased the correct size for your 1911.
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Old February 3, 2013, 11:13 AM   #5
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If the bullet is oversized, then I refrain from using my Lee Factory Crimp die. It tends to swage the bullet down. I just give them a really light taper crimp, usually crimping and seating in the same step.

You'll have to experiment with the load. I find starting loads or just above starting loads for jacketed data works best for many calibers, but you'll probably want to start with lead data and definitely not exceed mid range jacketed data.
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Old February 3, 2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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What everyone has said. Just be careful with the crimp, you don't want to crack the plating or you will get separation even with low charges.
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Old February 3, 2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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I use these bullets as well. I called Berry's when I first started, they told me I should load 1/2 way between lead and jacketed data.
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Old February 3, 2013, 05:17 PM   #8
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My Lee Modern Reloading Second Edition is the only manual I know that has copper plated bullet recipes. Thinking that they are also on the manual included in the newer lee die sets. My die set is too old for those.
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