sorry if this is a stupid question, but can i use any .45 cal bullet when reloading? ive seen some labeled as 45 colt then 45 acp and some just labeled .45 cal. whats the diffence?
What? My .45 Colt revolvers couldn't care less how long the bullet is seated as long as they don't stick out the end of the cylinder.The profile sometimes makes a bullet inappropriate for the Colt cartidge. While a 230 gr RN FMJ will fit in a .45 Colt, the ogive (nose radius) causes one to have to load the bullet so long that you exceed the max OAL. I use the 255 gr SWC for the Colt and 225 gr RNL for the ACP. The SWC will work in the ACP but not the other way around.
And if there is no cannelure, use a LEE factory crimp die,You can use any 45 caliber pistol bullet. As mentioned above, the rifle bullets will be too large.
If the bullet doesn't have a cannelure I wouldn't try pushing it too hard or the others in the gun may try to walk out.
I think you'll find most bullets with an appropriate weight for the cartridge will have a cannelure or crimping groove.
That's much better than the other way around.And if that is not bad enough? Some post war Colt SAA revolvers have .454 chambers and .452 bores.
For .45 Colt the Lee FCD doesn't crimp differently than any other pistol roll crimp die.locutus said:And if there is no cannelure, use a LEE factory crimp die,