.45 ACP brass

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by llewoh13, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. llewoh13

    llewoh13 New Member

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    Knowing months ago that I would start reloading my own 45 ACP's, I started stocking up on ammo when it was on sale with the intention of recovering the brass. Until I started educating my self about reloading I didn't pay much attention to types of cases other than to stay away from aluminum and steel. But now I realize that many of the .45's I've acquired use small pistol primers.
    Is this going to be a problem? Is the quality of the reload just as good with SPP's? I'll mainly just be reloading for recreational range shooting.

    Thanks for your replies.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Good question- and no, not a problem- IF you sort your brass.

    My .357 loads have a LOT more powder than a 45 ACP, and an SSP lights that quite well.
     

  3. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    I reload a mix batch of small and big the only issue is keeping them separate while reading.
     
  4. oldman10mm

    oldman10mm Member

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    Should not be a problem. You might end up having two different powder loads to attain the same results because of a potentially lower 'brisance' of the small pistol primer vs the 'brisance' of the large pistol primer.
     
  5. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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    I have mixed brass in 45 acp. I sort the brass the best I can, but some still get mixed up. I took a used small pistol primer and I super glued it next to my press. Before I start loading a case I fit the empty case over the spent primer. If the case slips all the way to the table top, then I know the case takes a large pistol primer. If I'm loading large primers at the time, I'm good to go, if not, I know I've missed sorted my brass, I pull another case. It works for me. Good luck
     
  6. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I wind up collecting far more brass than I reload.

    This is simply because I reload the batches by the sorted box.

    Name, type, and primer size all match. IME, cartridge uniformity

    is of primary importance to successful reloading. And it pays

    off when everything is uniform in a batch, at least for me.
     
  7. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    This is true, it depends on the purpose of your shooting. Some people don't care how "accurate" their pistol ammo is. Then again a competition shooter would worry about that.

    I worry about uniformity in my rifle reloads because I want more precision there
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have seen absolutely no difference in the load performance between the large and small primed .45 cases. Clean, polish, inspect for defects/primer size, sort. Load which ever size primer is most available at that time
     
  9. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    I don't mess with small primered cases because I don't have anything else that uses them.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You can send them to me. I buy small primers by the case
     
  11. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    I know that Federal uses small primers on the .45 they make. What other brands?
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Not all Federal ammo. Mostly the Blazer Brass line. The Hydra-Shok and HST should have large primers
     
  13. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I reserve the range pickup small primer cases for times when I'm likely to lose brass. I just toss the smalls into a bucket till I got enough to warrant a switch to the small primer on my 650 or if I already have it converted.

    They work just fine with no velocity change vs large