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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.

    Thanks.
     
  2. XDRoX

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    I use Berry's 230gr plated RN for plinkling. They work great.
     

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    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.

    http://www.precisionbullets.com/
     
  4. fredj338

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    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.
     
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  5. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    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

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    The plain Jane 200grn. LSWC at 900+fps will fill the bill from range to field.
     
  7. njl

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    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

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    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

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    Depends on the gun but most 1911s today will reliably feed LSWCs from what I've seen.
     
  11. fredj338

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    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

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    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:

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  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

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    +1 thats about all I shoot out of my 1911s (6.0gr of Unique and a Lyman 452630 bullet).