.45 acp reload recipe.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by buler1976, May 16, 2012.

  1. buler1976

    buler1976 New Member

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    I would like to know if anybody has any suggestions for a good practice range recipe. Bullet, powder, ect. Im trying my first stab at reloading and need a little help.. Thanks in advance..
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Have you read a book yet? Most of us dont give out recipes unless we know that the person we are talking to is experienced. With this being your first post I would suggest you stop by the introductions thread and say hi.

    How much research have you done. Have you made any practice rounds without primer or powder yet? Not trying to be a jerk. It is just that reloading is a very rewarding and satisfying hobby if you know what you are doing. If you over charge a round and blow up a gun...not so much.
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Welcome to FTF. Reloading info is component based. There isn't really a standard recipe. We need more info.
    Assuming you have purchased a press you will need a reloading manual. Your recipe will be in the manual based off of the brand and type of powder you buy and bullet weight etc.
     
  4. buler1976

    buler1976 New Member

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    Thanks mountainman 13. I hope the FTF will help me to reload my .45 and 9 mm shells. And im looking forward to reloading and pistol shooting talk.
    I do have a reloader. Its a Lee 1000 progressive reloader. But I only have .45 die's at this time. I also have a frankfort armory tumbler, and the abc's of reloading book.
    I am wanting to reload the .45 to be a genral practice and target round. I was thinking like a 230 grain fmj. I will look for the book for the recipes. any suggestions on what book to look for?
    I know of one place im my area that sells reloading supplies. The other one is about 1 hr 45 min away from me.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Buler, i can give you the recipe i use. may or may not work as well with your pistols. i use Power Pistol powder and 200 or 230 gr Hornady XTP' bullets. in mine i get very good accuracy. i can't remember the exact powder charge right off the top of my head, but i got it from the LEE load data book.

    i order a lot of my components from either MidwayUSA or MidSouth Shooters Supply. i buy my powder and primers from my LGS, so i don't have to pay HazMat fees.
     
  6. buler1976

    buler1976 New Member

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    Ok, thanks ax. im looking on the web for bullets and the data book. My LGS has the powder and primers in stock.
     
  7. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    I use 230 gr ball sitting on top of 6 gr unique. My 1911 seems to like 'em well enuff.
     
  8. jugmax

    jugmax New Member

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    230 grain & 5grains of bullseye great practice load
     
  9. steve4102

    steve4102 New Member

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    200gr LSWC 4.9gr of WST.:)

    You can thank me later.
     
  10. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Ok Buler. I just wanted to be sure you did your research. I use several diferent loads.

    185 grain Berry's Plated Bullets with 4.9 grains of Titegroup.
    200 grain lead cast flat point with 4.8 grains of Titegroup.
    255 grain lead cast flat point with 3.9 grains of Titegroup.

    All three loads are very acurate.
     
  11. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    I like Titegroup as well, 230 grain jacketed or plated bullets 4.4 grains powder.
     
  12. Nickwashere

    Nickwashere New Member

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    I just started my self.. I found it help full to find the manual first...i got the lyman 49th addition.. Then baught my powder and charges based off.of the recipes in my book matching the projectiles I've selected..half the fun has been finding the sweet spot got my recipes.. Its usually midway between the suggested starting charge and the hottest recommended loads. I use unique powder so I don't unintentionally overcharge..just don't want to make any mistakes..i use it for 9mm x 19..which id have to be asleep to double charges..doubt it would even all fit
     
  13. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    My general purpose load is 4.6 gr of Bullseye w/ a 230 gr cast (or occasionally plated) RN w/ CCI 300 primer. Midrange power, cycles everything & shoots accurately in every .45 I own.

    IMHO, the .45 acp is the perfect caliber for cast bullet use. Low pressures and velocities make leading a non-issue.
     
  14. cliffspot

    cliffspot New Member

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    Do I have a load?!?!?

    ok, I reload commercially so here is what we use. 200 gr semi wadcutter over 4.8-5.4 gr of 231. Seat the bullet so the shoulder is 1mm (a thumbnail thickness) out of the case. I have been reloading 4.8 of 231 since 1987 and it works great in my GLOCK (warranty is now VOID!) and Springfield 1911. You can also use 4.8 231 in a 9mm with a 115 grain bullet. Both loads will shoot better than most people can shoot! Load the 115 9mm FMJ to 1.120 inches over all length and you will be fine. I only shoot lead in my handguns as it is easier to clean. Try Space Coast bullets for your lead. I get mine custom cast for our company by an old guy in Florida...he only makes them for my boss and they are the BEST in the USA! I load 124 lead in my 9mm over 3.9 gr of 231 or 3.6 gr of AA#2. Am trying to develop a load using Universal powder.....
     
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  15. buler1976

    buler1976 New Member

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    Awesome!! Thank you all for the great info.. It will all be a great help.. Books are always good. But you cant ask the any questions.. My load data book is on the way and then will order the bullets when it comes in..
     
  16. KEYBEAR

    KEYBEAR New Member

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    Hard to beat lead 230 round nose Win primer with Win 231 .
    Shoots soft cheap and clean .
     
  17. Sport45

    Sport45 New Member

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    I wouldn't suggest Titegroup for a beginning reloader. A full charge barely covers the bottom of the case and a double is easy to miss without a careful look. Unique or Universal fill the case better. Trail Boss fills the case best and will overflow with a double. It meters surprisingly well considering its shape.
     
  18. therewolf

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    5.3 grains of Win 231 works well for many.

    I like 5.2...
     
  19. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Go to Hodgdons web site and study the reloading information in their page. That will give you a selection of bullets and powders that you can use.
     
  20. Wcorker4

    Wcorker4 New Member

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    I would suggest getting a couple or more books. knowledge can't hurt and certain companies use other bullets and powders. If you doing mind a dirty gun and I don't cause I'm a neat freak and clean my gun every time I shoot . I use federal brass with cci primer and 5gr of 700x hi skor with a 200 grain swc lead cast. My gun has a 4.2 inch barrel. But if you have read the books you will know even the same guns shoot different cause no 2 are the same.