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Old November 7, 2010, 04:55 PM   #1
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Which Bullet to Load?

I plan on reloading lead .45acp bullets for my stock Springfield G.I. pistol. I plan on using Dardas bullets in order to compete in the SASS Wild Bunch competitions. Recoil wise and acurracy, should I use the 200 or 230 gn bullet for this match?
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Old November 8, 2010, 05:56 AM   #2
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Wild bunch round

My 2 Cents
I use the same Round I use for USPSA/IDPA it is a 180 Lead SWC from
Oregon Trail cuts down on my Reload Inventory.
Since these Rounds are Much Hotter than a normal SASS Round
they are excellent,accurate Wild Bunch Rounds.
PS:I use 200 gr bullets in my 45 Long Colts.
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Old November 8, 2010, 09:27 AM   #3
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You should use the bullet that feeds most reliably, and ADJUST your load for accuracy and recoil feel.

I recommend the 230g LRN at 1.250" maximum OAL for Springfield-brand 1911s. Some examples may demand an even shorter OAL.
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Old November 9, 2010, 05:08 AM   #4
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Well, the standard answer will be "Which ever your 45 shoots best". I've never shot SASS/Wild Bunch, but have shot a lot of matches (USPSA, Speed Steel. Bowling Pin, Bullseye, Silhouette), with my 45's. I have found, if the targets are made of paper and the ranges are short I would use the 200gr. LSW's, but if the ranges are longer and the targets are of steel, I would use LRN 230gr. This assumes of course, that each bullet will feed in your 45's, and your reloads are good.

This is just MOI...

By the way, is there a Power Factor you have to meet?
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Old November 10, 2010, 11:23 AM   #5
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Old November 10, 2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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I used his 185 gn.Could not beleive how well they shot or how accurate they were.
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Old November 25, 2010, 02:29 PM   #7
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This is the ammunition rule quoted directly from the SASS Handbook:

'The minimum standard for center-fire smokeless ammunition used in all SASS matches State, Regional, National, International, and World Championship Competitions is not less than a minimum power factor of 60 and no velocity may be less than 400 fps. The maximum velocity standard for revolvers is 1000 fps. The maximum velocity standard for rifles is 1400 fps. Pocket pistols, derringers, and long-range rifles are exempt from the power factor and velocity requirements'.

All of the help that you have received is excellent! And I will just add that you have to experiment to determine which bullet will perform exactly the way you want it to for this type of competition. Pay attention to the details of your work and you will arrive at the result you are expecting.

Good luck!
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