45acp seating depth

Bradmartin78

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Hey there. I was digging through some ammo I loaded a few years ago. 230gr RN Hornady over 5.7gr of BE-86. Looks like I set the depth a little too short @ 1.209”. Book calls for 1.230”. Charge range is 5.3gr to 6.4gr. Should I shoot it or adjust? Thanks
 

TexMex247

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You have to remember, minimum C.O.L.s are based on maximum charges. You can always go shorter when you're below max. Considerably if you're way under max like you are. Usually bullet profile will dictate a C.O.L. moreso than anything else.

SWCs and many flat nose bullets will seat considerably shorter than their ball round counterparts. I think those rounds are gtg but to be on the safe side I'd shoot a couple and inspect for pressure signs before I'd go mag dumping.
 

Bradmartin78

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I have a couple hundred. I used a kinetic puller on twenty. That got old fast. I’ll try a couple out later this week. I didn’t think there would be a problem, but I don’t load short normally.
 

tonelar

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I have a couple hundred. I used a kinetic puller on twenty. That got old fast. I’ll try a couple out later this week. I didn’t think there would be a problem, but I don’t load short normally.
does that puller get the bullet all the way out with your first strike? if not give it one hit and run the cartridge through your seating die set up for less depth.

on the other hand, 45acp isn’t what’s considered a high pressure round. if it feeds, i’d shoot it. do like TexMex said and check for signs of over-pressure after your first shot.
 
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