180 Grain Light load recommendations. After a 15 year break from reloading, I worked up a hundred new Winchester primed cases that had been sitting on the bench, gathering dust since March of 1994. 185 grain Colorado Cast Bullet 9.0 grains of AA#7 New Winchester case CCI 300 primer. 1.250 COAL I don’t have a chrono, but I’m guestimating the velocity around 950-1000 fps, maybe less with my 4.25” barrel. We were shooting a few other guns and I only ran 30-40 rounds through my 1911 Dan Wesson CBOB at 7 yards, but the results appeared good, this load seems to shoot well and cycled the gun. The plan is to bench this load for accuracy at 25 yards in the near future. I only have about 150 or so bullets left along with a small amount of AA#7, and some mixed 1 time fired brass, so I’ll probably finish off these bullets with the above load. The bullet is still available at my local gun shop after all these years, so if it gets good results I may stick with it. But in the meantime I’m looking for suggestions for a good 180-200 grain target, plinking load. Low velocity is what I’m looking for as well as accuracy, I’m taking it easy on both me and the gun. I’m open to suggestions, for powder and even a lighter bullet, if you’ve had good results with it. I’ll probably load up both a hard cast and FMJ/TMJ, the FMJ/TMJ for indoor range use over the winter and would want to keep the bullet weight and load the same. The main use of this pistol is a woods gun in Colorado, I’ve been carrying Double Tap 200 grain XTP’s and FMJ’s for this purpose. I’ve run probably 150 or so of these loads through the gun and so far so good, but being a 1911 I don’t want to run a steady diet of “hot loads” through it. I’m very pleased with the accuracy of both these Double Tap loads. For self defense in the city and if I'm not carrying my .45acp, I keep some mags loaded up with 180 grain Gold Dots from Georgia Arms, my supply is dwindling so I'll probably work up something similar in the future for this purpose, although I see Gold Dots are in short supply. I’m running a 22 pound recoil spring and it seemed to digest the above mild load so far without a hiccup.