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45 acp bullet

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Esox357, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Need a recommendation for a plinking/varmit bullet for the old 45 acp out of a 1911 platform?

    I also need a good bullet for when I'm in the field hunting. I would like to stay in the 200 and 230 grain bullet range.

  2. XDRoX


    Jan 24, 2009
    San Diego
    I use Berry's 230gr plated RN for plinkling. They work great.

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Well, I've had good luck with Precision Bullet's 230 grain flat point for an economy round. Nice and heavy with a better meplat than a regular round nose.
  4. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    So what are we hunting? For varmints, I like any of the 185grJHP going 1000fps+. For 200gr, you are limited in JHP to the SpeerGD or XTP. For deer size game, maybe smaller hogs in close, a 200gr @ 950fp or 230grXTP @ 900fps will penetrate deep. IMO, the various 230gr JHP are too slow & designed to open too fast for deep enough penetration for hunting, the XTP being the exception.
    For plinking, tough to beat a 200-230gr LRN or LTC. Cheap to shoot, accurate, lots of data for them, what's not to like? You can hunt w/ them too, but I find a light/fast JHP works better on smaller game like jackrabbits, chucks & coyotes.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
  5. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I definitely like the XTP's, but cost will prevent that from being a "plinker" round.

    I guess I should have said I have different loads for different purposes.
  6. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    The plain Jane 200grn. LSWC at 900+fps will fill the bill from range to field.
  7. njl


    Sep 28, 2000
    What about Zero 230gr JHP? I haven't tested them for expansion, but they cost about the same as Zero FMJ. The trick is just finding them in stock somewhere.
  8. Kentucky Shooter

    Kentucky Shooter NRA Life Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I agree......I have found the 200 grain lead SWC and about 3.8 to 4 grains of Bullseye makes a cheap and effective load.
  9. Will the LSWC feed okay or should I just stick to RN?
  10. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    Depends on the gun but most 1911s today will reliably feed LSWCs from what I've seen.
  11. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I haven't seen a currently manuf 1911 that won't feed them. So much for Glock's feeding anything.:upeyes: It's the classic practice bullet for most 1911 shooters. It's not a great small game bullet though, not enough trauma on impact, why I suggested a light wt JHP.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2010
  12. buck456


    Sep 13, 2010
    Seems to me that it doesn't much matter who or what you are. Being shot by anything out of a 45 is going to be pretty traumatic. :faint:

    What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving
  13. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    I like Missouri Bullets 230gr LRN (BHN18). Its a easy to feed bullet that doesnt need a hollowpoint. 230gr of .452" diameter is more than enough to plink or use on pests.
  14. BigDog[RE]

    BigDog[RE] NRA Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Miami, FL
    +1 thats about all I shoot out of my 1911s (6.0gr of Unique and a Lyman 452630 bullet).