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45ACP loads

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by attrapereves, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. attrapereves


    Sep 11, 2011
    I've been shooting Zero 230gr FMJ bullets over 8.0gr of AA#5 with an OAL of 1.250", but I find that it leaves a lot of black residue in my gun. My 9mm loads using AA#5 don't have the same problem. I'm guessing that since the 45ACP load is near the minimum, it's dirtier than normal.

    I'm going to pick up a pound of AA#2 to load up some range ammo. I'm wanting the velocity to be similar to most factory range ammo. Between 810 and 850fps. Thinking 5.2gr should do the trick out of a 5" barrel.

    Does anyone have any tested load data for AA#2?
  2. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    Don't have any for AA2, but just in case you pick up other powders, 5.0gr WST and 6.0gr Unique get me around 830-850 fps from 5".

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    If you're open to suggestion, it's hard to beat 230 fmj with 6-6.2 grains of Unique at 1.260". To me, that's the standard ball ammo load.
  4. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Better still is WST for the 45acp. I've tried maybe 8 diff powders & WST is the way to go for std pressure loads, any bullet type or weight in 45acp IMO.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012
  5. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    I have one load that I use for three different bullets in the .45 ACP.

    6.0gr WSF

    200gr LSWC 1.250" 870fps
    230gr FMJ 1.250" 800fps
    230gr cast TC 1.185" 850fps
  6. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    I bought some WST to experiment with. I will see if Zombie wants to try it as well.
  7. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Basically the load I use - 6.2 grains WSF with a cast 230tc, but I load out to 1.215". Also 830 - 850fps.

    I'm always willing to try, especially when it's your powder. :whistling:
  8. I'm also an AA fan. I load 230gr lead on top of 9.2gr AA#7. In a 21 shot string I get an average 846 fps. That's just a little below min. but its burning really clean. BTW this is in a 1911.
  9. judgecrater


    Dec 24, 2011
    north GA
    I too have had good luck with WSF with these loads; even better results with Universal at 6.3 gr. 230gr RN 1.250".