Reloading question.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Ghost1958, Oct 5, 2020.

  1. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It should be possible to safely load 185 grainers to ~1100. That's the factory +P standard. Far superior to the 230 grainers.
     
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  2. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    I'm carrying a full size Ruger American 45 rated for +p. This may work out to be my favorite load.
    Though as I said before to be honest itll be an accidental favorite load lol.
    The 187 gr jhps were the only bullets I could find in 45 acp or I'd probably have just bought 235 gr fmj .
     

  3. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I like 230 FMJ for practice ammo.

    For serious "social" shooting, I tend to prefer Remington 185 +P Golden Sabres.

    Actually, Winchester 230 +P Ranger "T" (RA45T) is my first pick, but it's almost impossible to find without a LE letterhead.
     
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  4. Mowgli Terry

    Mowgli Terry Active Member

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    Just a suggestion: I have a bias. I cast bullets and always suggest folks take a look at lead bullets. A good commercial 200gr. lead SWC and Unique, for example, make a grand target round. Excellent match quality rounds can be made with 231 and Bullseye. I know for a fact these loads run very well with magnum primers. Suggesting to take a look...take care and be safe.
     
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  5. Mowgli Terry

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    There are some other ways to get defensive bullets. These are cast from an alloy that is soft like 20:1. These bullets run very well in my 1911 and other 45's round here. I shared that I have a bias.

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  6. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I had the Golden Sabre you mentioned. Liked them ok but used them up on various varmints and pests .
    At the moment I'm loaded with Remington UMC 230 gr jhp factory loads. They have performed very well when shot into living varmints that have presented themselves around the place with good expansion. Surprized me really.
    I can access LE ammo for pistol or rifle but the expense is bit prohibitive for me to go that route now that it's no longer " furnished" .
    I did for a couple boxes of Fed LE tactical 223 for the AR for primary Home and Church defense loads but that's all.

    All this reload stuff is new to me . As time goes on I think it might be worth my getting into, if nothing else to have something to occupy my spare time now that I live alone.
     
  7. Mowgli Terry

    Mowgli Terry Active Member

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    Point here is to look at all your choices.: For target practice it is not necessary to shoot max loads with jacketed bullets.

    How about plated bullets for target practice. You can shoot plated bullets without having to mortgage the homeplace. The bad news is that 45 ACP bullets are out of stock many places.

    Local high prices on many reloading items have forced me to do mail order. One of the great things about 45 ACP is the round can be loaded successfully fifty dozen different ways.
     
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  8. formerCav

    formerCav Well-Known Member

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    precisiondelta dot com has GREAT 230 FMJ 45 caliber bullets.
    ONly about 125 per thousand.
    (this is of course, just the projectiles)
     
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  9. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    First batch is a tad under powered. Accurate. But barley enough oomph to function the slide. To wimpy.
    Book said 6 to6 .9 grains . Used 6.
    Next batch using 6.9 gr.
     
  10. formerCav

    formerCav Well-Known Member

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    Kimber Polymer Target 1911 45 ACP.
    for the 230 FMJ I'm using large pistol Winchester brand primers and 5.7 grains of Winchester 231 which burns pretty clean.

    High 855, Low 827, Avg 845, Spread 28, Std Dev 10

    Same pistol, PMC brand factory loads 230 BALL FMJ
    High 826, Low 797, Avg 806, Spread 29, Std Dev 11

    Factory Speer Gold Dot 230 JHP A 849 E 28 SD 9

    Factory Hornady Critical Duty 220 JHP A 1009 E 19 SD 6.7

    through an Oehler P35 Chronograph.

    of course, ALL DISCLAIMERS apply, REDUCE your loads 10% and work up from there. My pistol and chamber are different then yours. YMMV