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45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby REDGUN » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:04 am

I am looking for a light 200 gr SWC target load. I tried WW-231, but wasn't impressed.

Anybody have a "pet" load they could share to guide me in the right direction as far as to which powder to try next?
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:09 pm

Some of my friends use Red Dot.................

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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby jrockncash » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:24 pm

I like 180gr swc and bullseye. Unless your trying to shoot competition then you may have to check the power rating on the 180's.
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby waterfowlhunter » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:22 pm

Try Clays, Very low recoil and low flash if your shooting inside but they are slow too so your point of impact might drop slightly. You can find the load on hodgdons web site
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:31 pm

Note:

try to keep the velosity under 900 fps to keep barrel leading down, if possible.

Noticed in my Speer manual that the highest velosity of all the data was 839 MV
with 710 at the low out of a 5" barrel.
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby waterfowlhunter » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:01 am

Just curious, but what are you palnning on shooting these lead laods in? just avoid shooting lead in a glock and an HK both manufacturers recommend that you do not use lead bullets due to their polygonal rifling which does build up lead faster than conventional land and groove type barrels. This causes pressure increases that can be dangerous. I have shot my clays load in my HK at 780fps and I can scrape the lead out of the barrel afterwords and I use HARD lead bullets from midway.
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby REDGUN » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:35 am

waterfowlhunter wrote:Just curious, but what are you palnning on shooting these lead laods in?


As of right now, a Kimber.

I have been using Clays in my current target loads. Talked to a guy at the range,that does quite well in our little club falling plate and bullseye matches,and his load is almost HALF what I have been loading. I ordered some light springs and am going to try his load next.
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby REDGUN » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:40 am

waterfowlhunter wrote:Try Clays, Very low recoil and low flash if your shooting inside but they are slow too so your point of impact might drop slightly. You can find the load on hodgdons web site


Ordered a rear adjustable sight from Brownells when I ordered the springs. Thought I might have this issue. :thumbsup:

The WW-231 I tried originally shot good but left a lot of unburned powder. Would a Magnum pistol primer do the same, in this instance???
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby waterfowlhunter » Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:27 pm

A Magnum primer is not necessarily "hotter" but rather produces a "longer" flame to ingite large volumes of powder( from what I have read about primers). I have used Magnum primers in my acp loads when I was out of std primers and seen no difference at all with the small powder charge. My Winchester primers say "for magnum and standard pistol loads" so as far a winchester is concerned their primers serve both purposes aparently.
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby Sagebrush » Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:30 pm

Mag primers are also used with ball type powders ,and others, that are harder to ignight....

like win 296, 2400,h4227 etc.
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby REDGUN » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:15 am

waterfowlhunter wrote: I have used Magnum primers in my acp loads when I was out of std primers and seen no difference at all with the small powder charge.


When it came time for me to get more primers, there were none to be found. Finally found 2000 large pistol mag primers that I am about to start using. Still haven't found any small pistol primers.
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby moneymaker » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:04 am

CCI Primer L/P
4.O grn Bullseye Powder
200 grn LSWC
OAL = 1.250
Taper Crimp = .470
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:05 pm

I am not too happy with winchester right now.....................

Manual states 357 mag 125jhp with 8.1 gr 231 hits 1450.............

my 686 6" gets 1227 and 1248 on two chrony test at 8 feet at 50 degree temps.

They must test in Arizona in the summer time ?
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Re: 45 ACP lead bullet load

Postby NV Guide » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:23 am

We shoot a lot of this load (20,000 in the last couple years)

Any LP primer
4.2gr Titegroup
200gr LSWC (missouri bullets)
1.250 OAL

We shoot man on man steel shoots all summer. This is the load I used in my Kimber to shoot my way into Master Class.
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