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Anybody use Blue Dot reloading .45ACP?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by mnhogrider, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. mnhogrider

    mnhogrider

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    I use BD in .357 magnum, .44 magnum, 10mm and 9mm. I'm a little long on my supply of BD. I was reloading .45 ACP this weekend and I was thinking of giving it a try just to change it up. I could only find loads listed in two reference guides for 230 gr. FMJ : My Lee book listed 8.5 gr. BD as both the starting and max load. The Alliant guide shows 8.5 gr. as max with a starting load at 10% less.

    I didn't use any. Instead I fell back to my old reliable 5 gr. of Bullseye.

    I know it's probably not an ideal powder for .45.

    Anybody use it? How's it run?
     
  2. fredj338

    fredj338

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    BD will run in the 45acp but I find it best for top end loads. I have run some 185grXTP around the 1050fps mark w/ good results. Look into the Speer #14 for more data.
     


  3. dougader

    dougader

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    Yeah, run it max and it runs pretty good. I used to load 200 grain Speer "flying ashtrays" with 10.5 grains of BD for about 1000 fps from a 4" 1911. I strongly recommend against the use of magnum primers. I use Federal 150's.

    If you're just plinking, BE is a great powder. I use 231 and Universal for that.