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Old August 21, 2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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45ACP Bullets in Colt Brass

Just to keep things simple until I start to taylor my hand loads I had thought about using my same 230 grain jacketed bullets to load in 45 colt brass. Anybody doing this with success?

FWIW I'm using a Lee Turret Press and using the Factory Crimp Die on my ACP stuff.

The tool being used is a Ruger New Vaquero convertible. I've ran 45 acp through it's cylinder and my handloads with great results, just curious on the colt side of things.

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Old August 22, 2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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I've ran lead 45 ACP boolits through the 45 Colt. The Lyman 225 gr RN with light loads for plinking. They worked fine so I don't see why the J bullets wouldn't work.
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Old August 22, 2012, 07:03 AM   #3
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Yep for light loads they will work fine. Once you start to creep up the velocity, or move up to a heavier bullet however, you will want to use the ones with a crimp groove in them simply to keep them from moving under recoil.
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Old August 22, 2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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Excellent thanks all.
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Old August 22, 2012, 04:06 PM   #5
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I'm running 230FMJs and JHPs through a sister gun - a Ruger Blackhawk w/a 4 5/8" barrel. Using the Lee turret w/factory crimp die and no issues. For the crimp set up I follow Lee's instructions - bottom out the crimp die on the casing then add 3/4 to 1 full turn. Works for me. Load is 8 grains of Alliain Green Dot at 1.600 OAL for a measured velocity (10' from barrel) of 825 ft/sec.
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Old August 22, 2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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If you are making full strength ammo for a revolver you'll have to find a good method crimping without a groove. Maybe seat a RN deep so the crimp lands on the ogive, or over the shoulder on a SWC.
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Old August 25, 2012, 08:06 AM   #7
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I do it all the time with lead bullets, I use the Penn 200 GR flat point bevel base. For 45 Colt I use the crimp grove and for ACP seat it just above the crimp grove and taper crimp.
The problem I have is that the .452 is very accurate in my Colt Goldcup they don’t work well in my Blackhawks. They want the .455 Diameter. So I use two different sized bullets.
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Old August 25, 2012, 12:32 PM   #8
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I have a few hundred semi-wad cutters someone gave me and I can not use them in my .45 ACP. I just use them under light loads in my .45 Colt New Vaqueros and a blackhawk.
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