PowerBond: CMP Legal? And Other Hardball questions...

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PowerBond: CMP Legal? And Other Hardball questions...

Post by LongSlide on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:23 am

FNG here, so definite newbie question.  BTW, I searched beforehand but didn't get a clear answer.

Q1: Are plated bullets, like PowerBond 230gn RN, CMP legal for EIC matches?

I'm looking to get a CMP/EIC legal hardball load worked up, but with the dearth of FMJ bullets right now, I'm only finding plated bullets, PowerBond in particular (swagged, double-struck).  My reading says of the CMP rules specify only FMJ, but others have said CMJ/TMJ/plated are allowed.  So, looking for guidance, should I bother with the PowerBond or just wait for next year when FMJ bullets come back in supply?

Q2: Are there velocity requirements for the load? 

I haven't found any reference to them, but my Federal Match 230gn ball is full power at ~860fps.  Obviously, I would want to make the best load for me and my gun, but that might be at a lower powder charge and lower velocity.


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Re: PowerBond: CMP Legal? And Other Hardball questions...

Post by dronning on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:43 am

Must be FMJ not plated.

Powder Valley has Sierra .45 230 GR. FMJ Match Tournament Master (what many BE EIC shooters want/use)  in stock right now - great price too.

No velocity requirement but to get the 230 GR. FMJ to group well at 50 yards you need the velocity up around 830fps. I am sure this can vary slightly with: powder, gun, bullet crimp, etc...

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Re: PowerBond: CMP Legal? And Other Hardball questions...

Post by LongSlide on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:58 am

Thank you Dave!

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Re: PowerBond: CMP Legal? And Other Hardball questions...

Post by DavidR on Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:20 pm

The CMP rules state 230 FMJ, that pretty much sums it up. They are sticklers to obeying the rules they put forth. Tell your buddies that it will be disappointing to win leg points only to have them taken away for shooting non legal ammo

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Re: PowerBond: CMP Legal? And Other Hardball questions...

Post by BE Mike on Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:36 am

There are no velocity requirements in the rules. You can even use a different bullet (as long as it is 230 gr. FMJ) at the long and short line. The Sierra bullets are tops (and expensive), but there is no need to use them at 25 yards. Less expensive bullets will group well at 25 yards. At 50 yards, you will probably have to put enough powder in the case to get velocities over 800 fps. to get good groups. You can use a much milder load for the 25 yard line and still get 10 ring groups. There are a bunch of rules covering what modifications can be made to the pistol. Check out the rules here: http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/Rulebook.pdf

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