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Thread: 45 LC loads for a 230gn bullet

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    45 LC loads for a 230gn bullet

    I just bought some 45 lc bullets 230 gn.
    Having an issue finding loads specifically for a 230 gn bullet.
    I have Bullseye, Red Dot, Blue Dot, 2400 powders available.
    Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated

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    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    I use 7 grains of Bullseye with Saeco #954 230-grain flat-nose in my pre-WW2 S&W .45 Colt Hand Ejector. Recommend 6 grains as a starting load for older guns. Data below from Larry Gibson:

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    " 45 Colt w/45-240H1; Very good load (6 grains Bullseye) giving excellent internally uniform ballistics with a MAP of 12,900 psi (M43) and a velocity of 930 fps out of the 10” Contender barrel this load should prove to be an excellent one in revolvers giving velocities in the 800 fps range. Accuracy was excellent and I was still plagued by glare on the front sight with this load as the 2 low shots were called low. On the next three tests the sun had shifted enough I was able to shade the front sight. Accuracy noticeably improved with more uniform groups."

    In a strong modern revolver such as the Ruger 7.5 grains is fine.

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    "45 Colt Ruger Level w/45-240H1; Excellent uniform internal and external ballistics with the 7.5 gr Bullseye load. Note the M35P velocity measurements were within 1 – 2 fps of the M43s velocity measurement for the entire ten shot test. The ES (24/25 fps) and SD (7/8 fps) of the velocity measurements is excellent. The MAP is 16,500 psi(M43) with excellent ES and SD measurements also. Accuracy is about the best I can do anymore with iron sights. Velocity in a revolver should be 900 – 950 fps +/-. Overall an excellent load."
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    I've shot pc'd 230gr rn with 5 grs of red dot and did real well with it out of my revolver

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    When in doubt, use data for the next heaviest bullet. Works everytime safely.

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    I've used 6.0grs of RED DOT behind a LYMAN #452374 RN in the past, cast of COWW. Made a good plinking load in my NM BlackHawks. Shot pretty close to POA in my COLT SAA.
    These days I shoot either an RCBS 45-225-CAV or 45-230-CM over 5.0grs of CLAYS.
    A load given to me by HIPSHOT #7 almost 30yrs ago. Has served me and at least 5 of my buddies well for all those years.
    Although most of those bullets we shot were Commercial cast 230gr TC.

    If those 230gr bullets you have do NOT have a crimping groove, you can crimp over the ogive or use a taper crimp if you have one.
    Good Luck & Good Shooting.
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    Boolit Buddy
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    I have the NOE .453-230 grain tl mold and my Lee disc measure throws a consistent 5.4 grains of Clay's, which shoots 'GREAT' in my NM Blackhawk. I am sure Fed Dot would work well too ! hc18flyer

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    Boolit Master Ed_Shot's Avatar
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    +1 for Red Dot (I use Pormo) 6.0 gr. under a 200 ~ 250 gr. boolit in 45 LC. Doesn't matter if it's an Accurate or NOE or Lyman mold.

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    Good idea. Thanks Texas

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