Originally Posted by potentialglock
Thank you. So I know I need a 230 grain for my 1911. Any other general idea you wanna give of what I might be looking for? I know there are more specifics that I'll decide for myself but a point in the right direction would be great
I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that you are new to reloading. Thus, I cannot overemphasize the need to obtain & read current reloading data.
I'm by no means a grizzled old timer when it comes to reloading, but I do try to be aware of where my knowledge ends. Due to that, I have no less than 3 sources of current reloading data for any given situation. IMHO, TMI is never going to be a problem for a competent reloader.
For a noob loading .45 acp, 230 gr. FMJ bullets are probably the easiest starting point. Simply because it is the original loading from back in the day. However, 185 & 200 gr bullets are quite common as well. There are lighter and heavier options too, but they tend to be less common & data starts getting sparse. Go with the 100 year old option, it's proven and there aren't likely to be many surprises.
Additionally, I recommend a slightly slower powder than say, Bullseye or Red Dot (or those in that speed range). IMHO, Unique, 231 and the powders in that speed range or somewhat slower, are more tolerant of noob mistakes than really fast powders. YMMV.