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Old October 26, 2012, 01:18 AM   #1
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Handloads suggestions

Hey ya'll I'm looking for some suggestions on a handload for compettion pouposes.

I've been using 200gr SWC with either Titegroup or Accurate #5. My overall lengths I've kept to 1.266" max. and using CCI primers. I'm shooting it out of a full sized 1911.

I'm wanting to keep these loads cheap, low recoil, and as accurate as I can. I'm looking for advice/suggestions on ways I can improve on all three.


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Old October 26, 2012, 03:23 AM   #2
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Back in the olden-days

at some of the bigger competitive events in the 1980s, participants would record their personal equipment list, including handload data. For the .45acp 1911 shooters in the top 10% there was alot of 200 H&Gs backed-up by W231. Since then I've tried alot of other powders but I keep coming back to W231. It's low flash, works great in .38s & 9mm too. Works with 230 as well as it does with 200. Easy to find & and not the most expensive & American made, comes in 8lbs cans on a regular basis.

Oh but it's dirty. Waaah, Waah, snivel. So. W231 works well. Your truck gets dirty when you drive it to the range too, so do you not go shooting because you might get dirty?.

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Old October 26, 2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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I found a bullseye match load listed in the American Rifleman Mag in the late 70s, of 3.8 grns of Bullseye pushing a 230 gn. cast LRN bullet.

It's accurate, at 25 & 50 yards, easy on the gun and easy on the shooter. I've been shooting that load every since.

I retired and moved to Wyoming in '94.......not much bullseye down here but there is a lot of "action style" pistol shooting, Steel 'n such. I've never hit a steel plate or popper with that load that didn't fall.

Never failed to work the action on my Series 70 Gold Cup or my USGI 1911a1.
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Old October 26, 2012, 08:15 AM   #4
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While the W231 might dirty up the gun more than other powders, it's a soft, easy to clean residue.
It's hard to beat 231.
It also meters consistently and delivers low variances in velocity.
The 200 grain swc loaded to around 800 to 850 f/s is a very nice shooting and accurate load.
And it knocks down steel very well, too.
The Hodgdon web site has very useful loading data on all their powders.
Their HP38 is supposed to be the same powder as their W231.
Try it and see for yourself.
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Old October 26, 2012, 08:24 AM   #5
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I switched over to Federal primers about 10/12 years ago.
I'd used CCI for the previous 20.
I like the Federal primers a lot better.
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Old October 26, 2012, 11:43 AM   #6
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This should probably be in the reloading section.
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