Thanks for the info GW
I've noticed a lot of folks asking about loads for the .45 Auto. and I would like to point out that the FEB 2010 issue of Handloader Ammunition Reloading Journal, or just Handloader Magazine, has an article called "The Middle Ground, .45 ACP 200-Grain Performance Loads" by Brian Pearce. The article starts on page 50.
The author covers 5 different style 200 grain lead bullets, 6 styles of the 200 grain copper clad bullets (including the Gold Dot and XTP). and 17 different gunpowders. This is a very in depth article that goes on to talk about taper crimps, exceptions to min and max OAL and .45 Auto cartridge OAL in general.
BTW, John Browning's original 1911 was designed around a 200 grain bullet and it was after the fact that the Army asked him to increase bullet weight to 230 grains. I, personally, think the 200 grain bullets as a group perform the best in the 1911.
IMO, it is well worth buying the back issue for the .45 Auto information alone, but there are also articles included on the .32 H&R Mag and .38 Special +P that are very informative. So if you are reloading the .45 Auto and gathering source data, this issue of Handloader magazine is definitely one you want to have in your library.
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Thanks for the info GW
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Good read. I currently shoot .452 200gr LSWC out of my 45 ACP and it is damn accurate. I only shoot lead unless I am going to an indoor range in which case I have some Berry's SWC at the ready. If the indoor range has very good ventilation, I'll stick with my LSWC as it is much cheaper.
I just ordered some 200gr round nose plat points to try out. I have only shot and loaded 230gr up to this point. It will be interesting to see any differences I notice. At some point I want to try out some 185gr SWC's, but I know some pistols don't like to feed them too well so I haven't decided to spend on them yet.
Alphabravobullets.com in Pa has some good prices on their budget bullets. Just got 1000 200gn swc for $66 plus shipping.
Thanks BW... I might give them a "shot" next time.
I also prefer to shoot 200 grain bullets out of my .45's. Normally I shoot 200 gr LSWC but I just received an order of 1000 200 gr round nose plated bullets from PowerBond Bullets. They look great and I am eager to load some up and give them a try.
I've been shooting 200gr plated bullets (with Power Pistol) for years. I prefer my lead to fly over 900fps in anything I shoot
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Just wondering, from your experience, what a good starting point recipe for load data you may be able to share with me ,
or where you have ended up at over the years with your "best load" .
I have 1000 rounds of Plated 200gn round nose X-treme bullets , I will be reloading,with Alliant Power Pistol Powder, and can only find data ranging from 6.7 - 8.1 . . . and as high as 9.0 grains .
I am thinking that around 7.4 is where I may end up but would really appreciate your time and help.
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