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Post by Dan Thrift on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:36 am

I acquired some Hornady 185 JSWC's for my SA 1911 .45 and would like some advice on a starting load. I don't have a Hornady reloading manual.
 I have BE,Titegroup,W231.and Unique.    Thank you.........Dan

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Post by Wobbley on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:38 am

4 to 4.5 BE should get you sip tarted.  Most people shoot about 4.2

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Post by LenV on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:53 am

Wobbley wrote:4 to 4.5 BE should get you sip tarted.  Most people shoot about 4.2
+1

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Post by john bickar on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:58 am

Hodgdon's manual is available online and shows loads for that bullet: http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/pistol

They sound a little high, so YMMV.

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Post by LenV on Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:10 pm

I did a +1 above but thought I should add to that. I use 4.2 of Bullseye with this bullet and get great results. I should add that you really do not want to go below that load. These are true jacketed bullets and as such they need to have enough powder to prevent any problems with the bullet clearing the barrel. You can/should not try really reduced loads like you would with a lead bullet. Just my .02

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Post by Jon Eulette on Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:34 pm

The guys I build PPC guns for run 4.2 BE for 50 yd line. They're getting 1.5ish groups from Ransom. Very mild shhoting. I believe Zero is using 4.7 700X for their loads. It's very stout load.
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185gn Hornady JSWC....

Post by Dan Thrift on Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:07 pm

I want to thank those that gave advice on loading 4.2gn BE with this Hornady FMJ SWC bullet. I took your advice and this load shoots excellent in my pistol...super accurate and reliable. Thanks to all.

This forum has helped me in MANY ways.........I really appreciate all that share their knowledge.         Dan

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Post by Wobbley on Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:39 pm

Good to hear.

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Post by Ghillieman on Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:33 pm

4.5 Titegroup will get you a good starting point. With 185 JHP usually a 1.200" oal.

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Post by larryxyx on Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:27 am

I have excellent results with 4.3 BE

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Post by Jack H on Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:54 pm

I ran 4.8 BE with the 200 JSWC Hornady in a revolver>>>>>>>>
with excellent results.  I think you got to run these jackets a bit fast.

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Post by DavidR on Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:07 pm

john bickar wrote:Hodgdon's manual is available online and shows loads for that bullet: http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/pistol

They sound a little high, so YMMV.
You cant go by loading manuals their starting loads will be way hotter than whats accurate for target shooting.

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Post by Aprilian on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:18 am

This thread is very timely as I have 300 of these bullets I am going to load up for testing.   Thanks to the consistent agreement, I'm going to try 4.2, 4.4 and 4.6 BE as a starting spread to test.

Thanks again!

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