Load data for TAC-XP in 45ACP...

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  1. BurkGlocker

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    Just got some Barnes TAC-XP .451" 160gr bullets to load up in .45 ACP, and I cant find any load data using Power Pistol for these bullets. I'm thinking that the 'coppers' are comprable in length as 185 gr JHP bullets, so would a starting load of 7.5grs of PP be too much?

    I contacted Barnes, and they havent even thought of a load using the 160 gr bullets in the 45 ACP, even though Corbon does use it in one of their loadings, "Compact Gun Load" I think is what they call it.

    Thanks ahead of time guys...

    Rock on! :texas:

    Brad L.
     


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    Yes, they are lighter, but the TAC-XP's are solid copper, meaning that the bearing surface will be longer than a conventional bullet of the same weight. The guy from Barnes said that they might be as long as a 185 grainer, but to start there, but I would like to hear from other reloaders before venturing out and blowing up my Glock. I really like my Glock, and wouldnt want it to be in pieces, even with what I think is a good starting load, just really looking for affirmation in my choice more than anything else.

    I use Handloads.com for alot of my loading data, but they are skimps when it comes to Barnes reload info. The only other site that I have found that has info on the Barnes XPB (assuming that the TAC-XP's are the same or closely related bullet) utilizing Power Pistol as a propellant is LoadData.com but they require a $30 membership fee per year, and I dont see why I should spend that much money on that one piece of info when I am already loading up $40 worth of bullets. I have already checked the Barnes Reloading Manual and they dont even have Power Pistol listed for any of their loadings. I will check and see though. Just wish me luck as I venture into the unknown, for myself, and apparently for Barnes as well...
     
  4. TxSgt1911

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    Loaddata.com lists the max load for the 185 XPB at 8 grains of Power Pistol, at 1.230 OAL. Hope this helps.
     
  5. BurkGlocker

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    Thanks TxSgt1911! I really do appreciate it!

    Rock on! :texas:

    Brad L.
     
  6. Texas42

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    those barns bullets are expensive!!! They sure look cool though.
     
  7. BurkGlocker

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    I actually got 40 of them for $28 and with shipping was below $35. I got a damned good deal on them.
     
  8. BurkGlocker

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    I got the bullets in, and after a LONG week in McAllen, I finally got home to see my 'babies'... and the wife and kids... :p

    I compared them to an unexpanded 230 gr Ranger T-Series bullet, and they are the same exact length. They are going to be a +P loading, so I'm going to start at 7.5 grains of PP, but I think that I can really push 'em safely with up to 8 grains.

    And man, I also have to mention the GAPING maw these things have on them, and DEEP. They're going to be some nasty buggers...

    Rock on! :texas:

    Brad L.

    and P.S. before you ask about the unexpanded T-Series bullet, it was also shot through 10-layers of denim and was all clogged up.
     
  9. Texas42

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    Are you gonna use them for hunting or defense?

    Either way, please post any testing pictures if you have any. : )
     
  10. BurkGlocker

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    Going to use them for defense. I love the light, fast bullets, especially in a larger caliber.

    But here is a pic that I took a little bit ago, and please forgive me for quality, but the camera is no longer in my possession.


    HandloadedTAC-XP.jpg

    It absolutely blew the first two jugs apart and split the third and fourth before coming to rest on my 'denim in a box' backstop. Bullet measured in at .820" in diameter. Primer was as expected for a +P load, similar to my Winchester Ranger +P primers after shooting them. Used 7.7 grs of Power Pistol, and to tell you the truth, I think that is going to be plenty. I also used nickle-plated Win +P brass and WLP primers.

    Rock on! :texas:

    Brad L.
     

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