using Clays for 45 ACP

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using Clays for 45 ACP

Post by Deerspy on Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:11 pm

due to Clays is what I got trying to get a 185gr zero swaged load worked up, last year I used 200gr swaged with 4.2 BE and it worked ok but want to reduce recoil 
I have been working down from 4gr clays to 3.6gr clays I shot to day and it still has plenty of kick, how low due you experts go with clays?

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Re: using Clays for 45 ACP

Post by james r chapman on Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:08 pm

I was loading 3.4 gr of Alliant Claydot, which is supposed to copy Hodgdon clays, so that was pretty light, avg 719 fps. I was using a frame mounted Dot, not slide mounted.

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Post by Steve B on Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:34 pm

You'll probably find the best accuracy around 3.8 of Clays.  It also is a very soft shooting load.

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Re: using Clays for 45 ACP

Post by Deerspy on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:14 pm

I have a slide mount 1" ultra dot and have 11#  recoil spring in right now with stock hammer spring. I am not sure what a soft shooting load feels like was going to keep dropping charge down by .1 of a grain until gun would not function right then go up one .1 grain, it seams to be recoiling hard to me with 3.6 of clays loading up 3.5 next test.

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Re: using Clays for 45 ACP

Post by Al on Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:29 am

Similar setup to Deerspy, slide mount w/ 1"UD on both wad guns. Short line load with 130 H&G was 3.5 Clays.  Using a 13# Wolf spring, at the end of a 2700 my last 2 rapid fires wouldn't lock back the slide.  Using a 12# Sprinco, it cycled just fine at the end.  With the new wad gun, it likes 3.8 Clays just a little better, so that has become my short line & 50' load.  It also shoots very well in my old wad gun, just not quite as well as the 3.8 load. 

As my new one has become my go to gun, I load for it and live with a bit less accuracy (we're talking 1/8-1/4" at best @ 25 yds) with the backup wad gun.  12# Sprinco's in both.

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Post by Deerspy on Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:10 pm

I might have to try a Sprinco spring are they different than the Wolf, when I ordered some lighter springs i could not find a 12# so I got a 11# and a 13#,

who do you get them from?

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Post by Al on Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:18 pm

I picked my first one up at Perry.  Since then at Brownells.  Can't really say they're better or worse than Wolf, all I know is that Wolf didn't make a 12# and that's what I felt would let me get through a 2700 without issues.  So far it's worked.
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Post by DavidR on Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:58 pm

wolff makes 12# springs I have several, the sprinco springs never check to what they are rated, 12 checks 10.5, 10 checks 8.5, 14 checks to be around 12.

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