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45 cal spread

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Traxs, Jan 21, 2012.


  1. Traxs

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    loading some 45 cal 230g xtp rounds. Looked in three different recipe books and the swing on the powder is way out there. Using up a bottle of Bullseye. Can anyone that has used it give me a ideal of what there load was?
     
  2. noylj

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    Your gun isn't my gun, so my load may not be your load.
    ACP or LC?
    Start with the lowest starting load from your sources and work up. I generally go up in 4 or 5 steps to just under max.
    Assuming .45 ACP:
    Bullet Weight Powder Weight Velocity Note P.F. COL
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 3.6 600 Start 138
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 3.8 662 Start 152
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 4.0 700 Start 161
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 4.6 Mil. Ball Ammo 0
    XTP 230 Bullseye 4.9 850 196
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 4.9 0
    FMC 230 Bullseye 5.0 905 Max 208
    Nos FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.0 804 Acc 185
    Nos FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.0 829 191
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.0 0
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.1 792 182
    RN 230 Bullseye 5.1 795 183
    RN 230 Bullseye 5.1 820 189
    TMJ 230 Bullseye 5.2 779 Start 179
    FMJ/TMC 230 Bullseye 5.2 791 Start 182
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.2 900 Max 207
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.3 878 Max 202
    JHP 230 Bullseye 5.4 865 Max 199
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.4 854 196
    JHP 230 Bullseye 5.4 865 199
    Spr FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.5 831 Max/Acc 191
    FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.5 850 Max 196
    Sierra FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.5 860 Favorite 198
    Sie FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.5 759 Acc 175
    Sie FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.5 880 Acc 202
    Spr FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.5 839 193
    Sie FMJ 230 Bullseye 5.5 860 198
    Speer TMJ-RN 230 Bullseye 5.7 840 Max 193
    FMJ/TMC 230 Bullseye 5.7 859 Max 198

    As you can see, different combinations of components and long or short COL will affect the max load. This data includes the PF.
    If you are going into action pistol, you will need to chrony your loads.
    If you are going for accuracy, try 4.0-5.0gn.
    I wouldn't start over 4.0gn and I would try to load for a COL of 1.230-1.260".