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45 ACP Recipe?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by C6vetter, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. C6vetter

    C6vetter

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    Have extreme 230 gr hp, cci LPP

    powders: power pistol, wst, wsf, unique

    Recommendations and speeds?
     
  2. WeeWilly

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    What are your goals, nice light target rounds or ones with which to shoot animate objects?
     


  3. C6vetter

    C6vetter

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    One of each
     
  4. fredj338

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    Wst is my fav 45a powder, any bullet type or weight. With a 230gr jacketed, 4.6gr will be close to factory ball, 825fps. Load to the longest oal that runs in your gun.
     
  5. F106 Fan

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    It's pretty easy to look in various reloading manuals and compare powder/charge versus velocity for various bullets. It pays to have multiple manuals: Hornady, Speer, Lyman for pistol plus Sierra for rifle. There are many others...

    The Alliant site is nearly useless but the IMR site has a lot of good load information. Unfortunately, the IMR site, for obvious reasons, doesn't have data for Alliant powders which include the ever popular Bullseye and Unique.

    You won't be using Xtreme bullets for SD loads nor can you run them as hot as jacketed bullets. OTOH, .45 ACP doesn't tend to be a high velocity round.

    See:
    http://www.xtremebullets.com/Bullet-Load-Info-s/1952.htm

    Richard
     
  6. WeeWilly

    WeeWilly

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    Of those, my favorite for SD style loads would be WSF and for target loads WST.

    In any case, you can test them all, just go to Hodgdon and Alliants site and use the jacketed load data, will work fine.
     
  7. Unique is my favorite powder for .45. I like to use low-vel loads and use 230g lead as well as 200g lswc. All of my .45 seem to do well on 5 grs of unique. I have two.45 that don't like the lswc so I use the 230.

    I ran some thru my chrony using a 4506 and the vel was around 725 fps using the 200 g lswc
     
  8. leeward419

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    Imrunning 6 gr unique under 230 fmj, haven't chroned but feels kike hardball.
     
  9. JBnTX

    JBnTX Texas

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    Ain't that the truth.

    I use WST in all my 45acp loads.

    ..
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2014
  10. tjpet

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    5.0grs WST w/200gr LSWC.

    Just breaks 900fps in a standard 1911 5" barrel. Neither a soft target or a +P hummer it's accurate, clean burning, low recoiling and lethal. Killed two deer with it at close range this past winter. Both were shot through the lungs inside of 30 yards and dropped 10-15 yards away after contact. A great GP target, practice or social reload.