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Reloading 45 acp

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Lon, Apr 5, 2011.


  1. Lon

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    Just bought a 45 acp, I load 9mm all the time going to start loading 45. Just seeing if anyone has loaded this before in this combination and if so how did you like it
    230gr round nose jacketed
    WIn 231 ( what i use for 9mm )
    loaded at 4.7 grains
    or any other suggestions would be appriciated

    Thanks
     

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  2. fredj338

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    You don't load that way, substiuting one caliber data for another. You really need to work the load up. You'll find that charge a bit light for most stock 45acp. WOrk up to 5-5.2gr per your reloading manual.
     

  3. Lon

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    That data is out of a book Trying to see if any one has used that data before
     
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    Is this info from the Lyman reloading handbook?
     
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    I think you jumped to conclusions here. He wasnt asking if he should load .45 like he loads 9mm. He was just asking if anyone has used a similar recipe.
     
  6. Lon

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    Hornady couple years ago version
    and thanks just looking to see if anyone has used it before
     
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    Hornady just came out with their 8th edition. Its got great data. I have the Lyman 48th?, the latest Speer, and the Hornady #8. The reason I asked if the info came from the Lyman is because it seems to be on the concervative side. The Hornady and Speer handbooks are the ones I like to go by.
     
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    Of all the manuals Lyman really does seem to be the most conservative... which is really not a bad thing for those who are just learning.

    I have Lyman manuals dating back to the early 60's where the starting load of a certain loading is now the max loading in their newer manuals.

    Me thinks there tend to be more lawyers involved now-a-days. :supergrin:


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    Maybe. He said he uses this load for 9mm & can he use it for 45acp.:dunno: I merely pointed out that is not the best way to workup a load. Diff calibers, bullet wtd & pressures.:dunno: Then I pointed out I doubt most guns will run that load indicated.:dunno:
    Ok, I read it again, I see he could be saying he is trying 4.7gr under a 230grFMJRN. My W231 230grLRN load is 5.2gr for 825fps. At 4.7gr, well below starting loads in any manual I have.
     
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    I think the OP was stating that he already uses W231 for his 9mm reloading and wants to use the same powder in his 45acp reloading. I could be misreading this though.

    Lon, I've used W231 under a 230gr FMJ @ 1.265 COL, testing charges from 5.2 up to 6.0 gr. My notes for the 6.0gr charge state it was HOT, so don't venture there unless you carefully work up your loads. I settled on 5.3gr charges, which operated and shot well in both a 1911 and 4506.
     
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    I use HP-38/W231 for both 9mm Luger & .45ACP. Great powder and clean burning.
     
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    For reference, my data is similar to what others have said.

    5.0 grains of W231 under 230 gr Rainier plated round nose bullet runs perfect in my Colt 1911.

    Note: as I was looking over my log for 231 loads to relate in this post, I see, over the last two years I've loaded Bullseye almost exclusively. It meters well. When I couldn't fine any Bullseye or 231 I used some Unique. Unique doesn't meter well for me in my equipment, so I stay away from it.