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Quality Cast 160

Post by Paper-Puncher on Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:47 pm

Any body ever played around with the Quality Cast 160 gr bullets ? Since 99% of my shooting is 25yds indoors there is no sense in useing 200gr loads all the time as I am still warming up to the .45 I thought lighter bullets with less recoil would be a good way to work on my skills....I am also interested in the Penn Bullets 152 gr but the QC 160 looks to have more bearing surface and more of a rear-ward weighted design....I will always use a 200gr when I shoot 50yds outside next spring ...thx

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by Ernierod on Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:09 pm

QC bullets are quite good. I use the 160gr in all my 45's with 4.2g/BE or 3.9 grs/N310. These shoot 1" at 25 yds and recoil is moderate and recovery time is fairly decent. Erod

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by Jack H on Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:17 pm

Don't be fooled to think light bullet = less recoil. The operative factor is the energy to cycle the slide. Light bullet needs more powder to cycle. Heavy bullet less powder. The energy is the same at BE levels. Although it might feel snappier with light bullet.

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by Paper-Puncher on Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:40 am

Jack H wrote:Don't be fooled to think light bullet = less recoil. The operative factor is the energy to cycle the slide. Light bullet needs more powder to cycle. Heavy bullet less powder. The energy is the same at BE levels. Although it might feel snappier with light bullet.



well if the felt recoil isnt going to noticeably less ....I'm not even gonna mess with them. My gun will shoot 1'' @ 25 with 200grs and 3.9 of clays ....I might as well just stick with them then...I may try some 185's at the same loading just to see what they do ....I dont really imagine my gun will do much better than what its doing now....but never hurts to try....I feel lucky it does 1'' @ 25yds with just the little things Ive done to it.....as of now all I really need to do is verify consistant function with the 14lb recoil spring with the slide mounted dot ....

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by sixftunda on Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:52 pm

I bought some QC 160's and loaded them with 4.3 gr of Bullseye. I also loaded 200 gr SWC with the exact same charge. At 25 yards, the 160's grouped 3-4 inches higher than the 200's out of my 1911

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by davekp on Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:23 am

well if the felt recoil isnt going to noticeably less ....I'm not even gonna mess with them. My gun will shoot 1'' @ 25 with 200grs and 3.9 of clays ....I might as well just stick with them then...I may try some 185's at the same loading just to see what they do ....I dont really imagine my gun will do much better than what its doing now....but never hurts to try....I feel lucky it does 1'' @ 25yds with just the little things Ive done to it.....as of now all I really need to do is verify consistant function with the 14lb recoil spring with the slide mounted dot ....[/quote]

You might want to reduce your load a bit and use a lighter recoil spring. 14lb is a bit stiff. I'm usung a 10 1/2 lb with a slide mounted ultradot. 200 gr swc, 4.2 gr WST. Recoil is pretty mild to me.

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by Founder on Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:56 am

Contact Motorcycle Dan, this is his go to bullet.


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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by BE Mike on Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:12 am

It might be worthwhile to try some out, but IMHO, I think you would be better off shooting your outdoor load indoors. If I were you, I'd be more concerned with working up a 50 yard load, if you are going to use cast or swaged bullets on the long line. If you are going to use a jacketed Nosler or Zero bullet for the long line, then there are accurate powder charges already established, that seem to work well in all good pistols. Training isn't much fun, but the time spent there will payoff much more dividends than the time spent working up a new load.

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by David B on Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:20 pm

I have found the most accurate, comfortable to shoot loads to be 200 gr. Any lighter, and recoil gets sharp, heavier and it gets heavy.

I have used some 160 45 Colt RNFPs for action pistol shooting because that was all I could get at the time. Recoil was sharp, but light, I wasn't loading for light, accurate BE shooting...and when I went to bench it, it went 1-3/4" @25yds. I was surprised.

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Re: Quality Cast 160

Post by Paper-Puncher on Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:54 pm

My initial post was way back in Jan.....I got the .45 all figured out now...I stick with 200's as the gun just seems to like them better....and for a load I like 3.6 Clays...I use a slide mounted dot and a 12lb spring ..good function ,ejection and accuracy is very good as well , I get 1'' @ 25yds....for 50yds I just stayed with the 3.8 BE load for now...I still want to experiment with WST but Ive been playin with the revolver lately.....

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