So I had 100 new Winchester cases, primed and belled sitting in blocks on my loading bench since March of 1994 and I decided to finish them off this weekend no sense in rushing into things. I loaded them up with a 185 grain, Colorado Cast Bullet, they call it a B.B. bullet, Id call it a truncated cone, over 9.0 grains of AA#7. Im out of plinking ammo for my Dan Wesson 1911 CBOB and Im just not willing to pay factory prices anymore and especially for what I consider a limited variety of over priced choices. I started out in the 10mm world with a Smith and Wesson 1006 back in 1989 or so, then went to a G29 and finally the CBOB. I used to load for the Smith quite a bit and was very happy with these mild loads as well as some more moderate to hot jacketed loads, for the G29 I became a Double Tap fan boy and now with the CBOB I want to take it easy on both it and me but especially the CBOB since D.W. isnt making them anymore. I live in Colorado and use the 10mm CBOB as a 4 legged trail gun, my favorite carry load is the Double Tap 200 grain FMJ and XTP. I have a dwindling supply of Georgia Arms 180 grain Gold Dots that I use as a load for two legged varmints if Im in the city. Other wise my main city carry is a 4 Kimber Compact in .45acp, it has nothing to due with caliber its just an easier carry due to its light aluminum frame. Im looking for several different loads, and Im open to suggestions, especially now with the scarcity of components and my being out of the reloading world for the past 16 or so years. For plinking and practice Im looking for a 165-180 grain FJM, cast load or probably both, due to costs, possibly a 200 if there is a better availability, velocity in the 800-1000 fps range. For two legged self defense Im thinking of duplicating or reducing the G.A. load. A 180 Gold Dot doing 1050-1100 fps would probably be fine as would a 200 grain Gold Dot doing around 1000 fps. Once I have some self defense loads sorted out, Ill duplicate with some FMJs, for more realistic practice. For cast loads I want to keep the velocity down to help insure I dont have to deal with leading. I tried a box of Double Tap 200 grain Beartooths years ago and Im convinced I got a bad batch, they were brutal in the G29, recoil far exceeding the 200 grain D.T., grouping like a shotgun, when I ran my last 5 through the 1911 they unsprung the gun, tying the recoil spring in knots, again with the shotgun group. Im a fan of that style bullet for beasties here in Colorado and ran Keith style H.C. back in my revolver days. So one of these days Ill probably want to try my hand at reloading some of those or something similar. Until then I have a good supply of the D.T. 200s, which I shoot sparingly, the CBOB likes and shoots them extremely well. Im looking for good component suppliers as well as load suggestions and overall reloading suggestions, I consider myself a noob. Ive had good luck with AA7 in the past, and have a pound of AA2 and 9 left over that Id like to use up. My setup is modest, I have a couple of RCBS single stage presses, their powder measure and scale, a tumbler, case trimmer and RCBS carbide dies. Recently the wife and I got into ARs and the wonderful world of carbine games and M4s, so I really need to get back into reloading to feed those hungry beasts. She also has a S&W 442 in 38 special and a new M&P 9c, I shoot primarily the .45acp/10mm and .22 pistol. Although Im considering a full sized M&P maybe in 9mm. Years ago I seldom purchased off the shelf ammo, so its good to be back to the world of reloading, especially for my favorite pistol the 10mm.