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Thread: Favorite 45ACP load

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    Boolit Master Forrest r's Avatar
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    As you can see almost any fast-burning powder and a +/- 200gr bullet will work in the 45acp.

    Reddot is ok for blamo ammo/range fodder. but I never could get it to keep up with aa452, wst or bullseye.

    Used to shoot nra bullseye (50ft) so that's what distance I'd test at. Always used a H&G 68 or 69 clone and would do ladder tests with bullseye. Back in 2011 I sold all my 1911's, s&w 41's & several other target pistols. Thinned the herd so to speak. Bought a nib springfield range officer and a marvel 22lr conversion kit for it.

    Showed this target before, nothing more than the test target used that day testing loads for a nib springfield range officer. Tested 3.6gr, 3.8gr & 4.0gr of bullseye, ended up with this 10-shot group @ 50ft.
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    Soft shooting for 1 handed nra bullseye using a Mihec h&g 69 clone (200gr swc) with the standard .468" crimp/ 1.250" oal doing +/- 775fps.


    Back in 2014 I ran across a pretty good deal on powders so I bought a couple 8# jugs.
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    As already stated a 45acp will run on pretty much anything. With 16# of clays laying around I figured it would make a good blamo ammo powder for the 1911/45acp. So I used all of the +/- 200gr 45cal bullets that I cast (sold most of my molds and down to 3 +/- 200gr 45cal molds) and did 2 test loads 4.0gr and 4.3gr of clays and the 3 bullets I cast.
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    Left is a cramer 5f 200gr swc that's actually a hollow based version (175gr)
    center is the H&G 69 mihec clone
    right is the mihec 200gr fn hp

    Anyway 5-shot groups @ 50ft testing clays and 3 different bullets.
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    The 4.3gr load and any of the 3 bullets I cast turned out to be pretty decent blamo ammo/range fodder plinking ammo. The loads are doing +/- 850fps. A little snappy for 1 handed shooting, as you can see I struggled to keep all shots touching @50ft 5 shots in 30 seconds.
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    It's actually pretty hard not to find good loads for the 45acp.

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    I Got Too Many !
    I've had a long love affair with the 45 acp and Bullseye Target shooting .
    Here are my loads , I started reloading with Unique but soon branched out , powder shortages now dictate what you load with .

    45 ACP - 200 gr. cast lead SWC - Lyman #452460

    4.0 grs 700X @ 824 fps
    4.0 grs TiteGroup @ 860 fps
    4.5 grs Bullseye @ 830 fps
    4.2 grs Red Dot @ 794 fps
    4.7 grs AA#2 @ 832 fps
    4.5 grs W231 / HP-38 @ 808 fps
    5.0 grs Unique @ 726 fps
    5.3 grs Unique @ 766 fps ... Good all-purpose mid-range load

    That's all I have on the 45 acp ... My AMT Hardballer is sitting next to me ...
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    I shoot the RCBS 230cm (it's a round nose flat point) over 6.4gr Unique with winchester large pistol primers. All using revolvers, it chronograph's 980fps through a 5.5" Colt single action. Runs a little over 1000fps through 7.5" guns.

    Very accurate, consistent load. I use it for pasture ammo around the cows as good all-purpose power... it's about the best an ACP case can do handloaded, staying standard pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranchman View Post
    I shoot the RCBS 230cm (it's a round nose flat point) over 6.4gr Unique with winchester large pistol primers. All using revolvers, it chronograph's 980fps through a 5.5" Colt single action. Runs a little over 1000fps through 7.5" guns.

    Very accurate, consistent load. I use it for pasture ammo around the cows as good all-purpose power... it's about the best an ACP case can do handloaded, staying standard pressure.
    I intend to get that mold eventually based on all the positive reports on how well it works in 1911's in spite of being intended for 45 Colt revolvers. Once you get it to feed reliably, you lose nothing compared to a 230 grain RN and as a bonus that wide flat nose is going to make it more effective.

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    Unique 5.5 gr for all of the above .

    I stay mellow for the Colt built on a 1905 frame and the April and August 1918 Smiths which don't care for 454424s and 452-255s . The High Point doesn't care as long as it fit in the mag .
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    Forrest r, you should be just getting into bullseye shooting, not getting out! That's a dandy group!!!

    Dick

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    Yall know the way .22RF target rifles are chambered to have the front band of the soft lead bullets seat into the rifling?
    You can do the same thing with .45ACP and that was the beginnings of my favorite load.

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    Usually for a knocking around load I use 5.0 gr. of bullseye and a 230 452374 or NOE 230fn. I wound up with a pound of Titewad powder and discovered that 3.5 gr of it and the same bullets makes for a really nice light load in the Sig 220. I have an old Ideal 452460 mold around here and I ought to do some load development with it I guess.

    In my Ruger BH I use a NOE 454424 clone and 6.0 gr. of Unique but the boxes are marked well so no one tries them in an auto.

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