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Old December 13, 2000, 10:15 AM   #1
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My brother-in-law and I have just purchased a Dillon 650 and will probably be setting it up over the holidays. We will be reloading .45 for now and I was wondering if ya'll had any good loads. Mainly, we're interested in 230 grain loads that will be comparable to hydrashok and 185 grain loads (for use in a Kimber Ultra Carry for practice).
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Old December 13, 2000, 11:29 AM   #2
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If you want .45auto+p practice loads, check out Alliant Power Pistol-- has data for that powder.
Try using plated bullets to keep costs down, and you should be able to cook up some nice cheap practice loads.
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Old December 14, 2000, 12:11 AM   #3
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For over 10 years I have loaded 180-185gr LWC over 5.6gr of Win231 as my practice load for all my 45ACP pistols. This is mild load that is very accurate in all pistols I have used it in. My "do it all" load is 200gr LWC over same 5.6gr charge of Win231. This load is a little warm but not hot and is very accurate in pistols with barrels over 4". In shorter barrels of Officer Model and Ultra Carry accuracy is only "average". I have loaded over 80,000 rounds of these two loads.
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Old December 14, 2000, 12:17 AM   #4
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taco and I have very similar loads. My IDPA/practice/accuracy load is 5.4 gr. of W231 with a 200 gr. LSWC. The load simulates standard factory load recoil, and bullets travel at 835 fps from my 4" barreled SA.
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Old December 14, 2000, 01:50 PM   #5
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buzz: i too am new to reloading .45 and for a Kimber UC. i used to reload .40 with Universal so i decided to use up the rest of my powder for .45. 230gr FMJ over 6gr universal is my load right now. i've read that just plain old Clays and Winchester 231 work well in .45. i think i will be trying Clays next.
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Old December 14, 2000, 03:36 PM   #6
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Does W231 meter well? Is it clean burning?
I'm new to reloading too -looking for a load to shoot 200grSWC bullets out of my 1911.
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Old December 14, 2000, 07:21 PM   #7
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200g LSWC (H&G 68) - IMI case (or any 'brand' case), CCI300 (or WLP), 5.3-5.9g W231 (based on specific desired results), OAL 1.250-1.265" (based on your specific gun).

Recommend any case, Lee "U" undersized sizing die (for used brass), 5.7g W231, CCI300, 200g LSWC from Bull-X or D&J, OAL 1.258". Finish using Lee Carbide Factory Crimp die.

W231 is very easy-metering, clean enough, and very temperature INsensitive in this configuration. Correct 45ACP powder (although Alliant Power Pistol can make +P loads safely).

If you use the 230g bullets try 5.2-5.5g W231.
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