Shooting Lighter Loads on Hardball

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Shooting Lighter Loads on Hardball

Post by BElito on Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:16 pm

Hello, everyone.

With the new rules for Distinguished Pistol no longer requiring hardball loads, I am considering lighter loads on my Les Baer .45 Hardball. 

Les Baer Customer Service recommended first changing my recoil spring from the current 15 lbs to 13 lbs.

I have only BE powder.  Is it worth trying out 200 grain SWC at 3.8-4.0 grains BE?

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Re: Shooting Lighter Loads on Hardball

Post by Wobbley on Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:35 pm

Sure why not.  As for springs,  get a Wolff set from 16 down to 14…

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Re: Shooting Lighter Loads on Hardball

Post by Rob Kovach on Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:53 pm

Belito,
Try either Nosler or Zero 185jhp's (or equivalent) WLP primers and 4.2g Bullseye. The rounds should have an oal of 1.220" and a crimp of .469-.470".
Try the ammo with the springs you have first! If it locks the slide back on the last shot of the magazine you are all set.
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Re: Shooting Lighter Loads on Hardball

Post by sixftunda on Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:47 pm

Keep in mind that a SWC bullet is not allowed for EIC matches.  It has to be a jacketed bullet.
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Re: Shooting Lighter Loads on Hardball

Post by dronning on Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:01 am

sixftunda wrote:Keep in mind that a SWC bullet is not allowed for EIC matches.  It has to be a jacketed bullet.

Don't forget these are jacketed SWC

scrum derringer wrote:These will be legal too

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Re: Shooting Lighter Loads on Hardball

Post by LenV on Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:26 am

Rob Kovach wrote:Belito,
Try either Nosler or Zero 185jhp's (or equivalent) WLP primers and 4.2g Bullseye. The rounds should have an oal of 1.220" and a crimp of .469-.470".
Try the ammo with the springs you have first!  If it locks the slide back on the last shot of the magazine you are all set.

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