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.45 ACP Small Primer v Large Primer loads

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Buckeye Glocks, Oct 8, 2012.


  1. Buckeye Glocks

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    How do you alter your loads when using small primer brass vs. larger primer brass for your .45 acp?

    I recently acquired a large lot of brass - tumbled, inspected, and sorted it and found about 25% of it was small primer brass. I have only loaded large primer .45 acp in the past and wondered what any of you may do differently or if you have any suggestions.

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  2. ColoCG

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    No alteration needed, just use the load you would use with LP but substitute SP. Simple.
     

  3. DoctaGlockta

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    Same load with SP in 45acp does seem a little softer to me. Could be my imagination.
     
  4. Buckeye Glocks

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    Thanks - That is what I thought but was not 100% and knew I could get a legit answer here.
     
  5. fredj338

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    There is a small vel drop off w/ most powders, that could account for the "Softer' feeling load. So if you are worried about making PF, I woild bump the powder charge 1/10gr to account for that. Better way is to trade off the bastard sp brass for proper LP 45acp.:dunno:
     
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  6. Colorado4Wheel

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    I agree, Trade all that large pistol crap for SP and double your stash. Then laugh at the guys loading LP and paying for brass all the time.
     
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    Buckeye Glocks,

    I have run into this problem as well. I have a post, a page or two back about SP/LP .45 primer pockets and Fred's advice; "So if you are worried about making PF, I would bump the powder charge 1/10gr to account for that." is right on the money, it works just fine if you want to play around with them.

    I do think you'd be better off listening to his other piece of advice (I did)... "Better way is to trade off the bastard sp brass for proper LP 45acp." :thumbsup:
     
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  8. Zombie Steve

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  9. fredj338

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    I haven't bought 45acp brass in maybe 15yrs? It lasts almost forever & I pick up at least what I shoot every weekend @ the local IDPA matches.:tongueout:
    I give my SP 45acp brass away to those poor lost souls that don't know better. My mom always told me to be kind to those mentally challenged.:whistling:
     
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  10. Colorado4Wheel

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    Your right. A lot of mentally challenged .45 shooters.
     
  11. sellersm

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    Hey, I resemble that remark!! :tongueout:

    I wish they'd standardize on a primer size... one less thing to do in a conversion! Call me a lazy American. :supergrin:
     
  12. shotgunred

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    Being able to cast your own bullets and using small pistol primers has me seriously considering my first 1911.
     
  13. Hoser

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    I like the small primer 45 ACP brass. One less flavor of primer to buy.

    Then again, I re-barreled my 1911s in 45 ACP to 45 GAP. Everyone I know gives me that brass for free.
     
  14. DoctaGlockta

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    I have always assumed you were a 1911 kind of guy.
     
  15. El_Ron1

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    AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    A .45 ACP case with a small primer comes from the same place that the reloader of said case is headed to:







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  16. Keoking

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    I just force a LP into the SP pocket.
     
  17. firefighter4215

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    This sounds like a great solution!
     
  18. Zombie Steve

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    Shut up, Squeaker. :tongueout:


    Only if you shoot wet noodle small primer cartridges to begin with. For really super macho he-men like myself, it means I'd have to buy different primers.
     
  19. shotgunred

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    No i am a fantastic plastic sort of guy. 4 glocks and 3 ar's.
     
  20. fredj338

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    Yeah, yeah, 9mm is what my grand daughter will shoot, shes only 2, but she'll be ready in another 4-5yrs.:tongueout: