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45 ACP w/ Unique & 185gr Sierra JHP'S

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by gunowner1, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. gunowner1

    gunowner1

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    Anybody got experience loading with this combination? I have a good idea where to start but didn't realize the spread between min. and max. were so far apart. Obviously any information gotten from here will be cross checked and I will start 10% below any loads and work up to them.
    I am going to get my dies set up and deprime/ resize/ reprime while I wait to see if I get any responses.
    Thanks,
    Rob
     
  2. ColoCG

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    I haven't used Sierra bullets but I have loaded 185gr. tc jacketed bullets over 6.5gr. of Unique loaded to 1.200"oal.

    It's a good accurate soft shooting load.
     

  3. fredj338

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    Well where do you want to go? Unique is a good choice for max loads w/ the 185gr bullet but for lower vel, you want a bit faster powder for best results.
     
  4. gunowner1

    gunowner1

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    I just want target loads using these bullets. They came with the Dillon. I have enough money into 9mm and 10mm right now. I also need to know if the damn cases with SP's in them affect the load data.
     
  5. njl

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    Depending on which LP SP primers you use, you can expect to lose 20-30 or so FPS with SP. It makes sense...the SP have less primer compound in them, so they contribute less to the gas pressure.
     
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  6. EL_NinO619

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    Have used unique with great results, also wst for great practice rounds.
     
  7. fredj338

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    6gr of Unique, maybe 850fps, may burn a little dirty there. I wouldn't go any lower.
     
  8. gunowner1

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    Alliant website says 8.2gr. of unique as max. If I reduce by 10% as a start at 7.4 I am going to start there and work up.
     
  9. yellowhand

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    I've run this load at 7.2 Unique and it moves a Remington 185 grain HP along at a good clip, for me, not a target load.

    Check these pages out, Doc has 7.2 unque as a max load with a 185 grain JHP JSP.
    http://www.reloadammo.com/45loads.htm

    I got 975 avg FPS checking my note book with this load
     
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  10. gunowner1

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    I'll pull the test loads I have worked up and start over. Not a big deal. I'll start at 6.2gr and maybe work up to 6.5gr and see what happens. That should give me a good target load. This is why I never load more than ten test rounds when I start.
     
  11. ColoCG

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  12. yellowhand

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    I use a lot of this in about everything pistol I shoot/load for, old guy, started with Unique:)LOL
    The new stuff is a lot cleaner than what we old guys started with.
    5.8 to 6.2 should give you a good decent load with 185 grainers with a good solid crimp.
     
  13. fredj338

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    Problem i syou can not get a "good solid crimp" taper crimping the 45acp. Unique will run @ low pressures, but just doesn't burn well there; unbruned powder & huge vel spreads. I would not go below 6gr, if you want less vel, drop to a faster powder like W231.
     
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  14. FM12

    FM12 I need AMMO!

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    I use this combo myself, with a LOT of Unique, too much to list here. A really snappy round!!