What ammo in .45 ACP?

LHB1

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What ammo do you use in .45 ACP? Since I have been a dedicated pistol, rifle, and shotgun ammo reloader for about 44 years (since 1964), my choice is as follows:
5.1 gr Win231 behind 200 gr H&G #68 hard cast lead bullet in Win brass with Win LP primer, crimped to .469-.471" and seated to 1.240-1.250" OAL. The determining seating factor with this style bullet is to seat it with about 1/32" of the bullet shoulder protruding in front of the case. This usually gives an OAL in the range quoted. Accuracy of this load is within X ring at 25 yds (1.75") if the pistol and shooter are up to the job. This is a popular load with some shooters using 5.2 or 5.3 gr instead for a little more velocity and snap.

CAUTION: DO NOT USE THIS OR ANY OTHER SUGGESTED LOAD UNLESS YOU CAN VERIFY IT AS SAFE IN AT LEAST ONE AND PREFERABLY TWO COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED RELOADING MANUALS.

Good shooting and be safe.
LB
 

Peter M. Eick

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I shoot 4.9 grns of bullseye with a 230 grn Rem FMJ normally. I load to 1.272 with starline brass, cci300 primers and have not had any problems.

I found that 231 gave a slightly sharper recoil pulse then bullseye. Have you seen that before?
 

LHB1

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I found that 231 gave a slightly sharper recoil pulse then bullseye. Have you seen that before?
Pete,
Must confess that I haven't loaded Bullseye powder in .45 ACP since I stopped competing in NRA Bullseye matches back in the mid '70s. I moved on to other powders and just never tried old faithful again. W231 works so well in my guns that I just can't bring myself to try anything else right now. Guess it is part of the old rule: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Seems a number of folks are using TiteGroup and/or one of the multi-Clays powders now and I haven't tried them either.
 

Peter M. Eick

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I concur on the "dont fix it if it aint broke rule". That is why I am still banging away with bullseye and unique. I tried 231 but it never did as well for me as 230 so I stayed with bullseye. I tried titegroup but it left a nasty stain.
 

txpete

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ft hood
my cast 200 gr swc sized .452
4.5 grs bullseye
win brass (my fav)
win lp primer

just a good accurate load.
pete
 

DEFKON99

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id say monarch but i dont think im going to be messing wit that stuff ever again, Im for certain it screwed up my firing pin in my ruger p345. The guy who sold me the gun said the primers were pretty hard thius making my pin do more work than it should. anyone disagree or did i buy a lemon?:mad:
 
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