Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

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Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

Post by hp246 on 12/28/2016, 6:59 pm

Newbie here.  I recently got interested in BE again after a 20 year hiatus.  I've been shooting Cowboy Action and Wildbunch.  My long guns and CAS guns are .45 Colt.  Trained many years ago in the KISS method, I decided to cast a 230 grn truncated cone bullet because it worked in everything and I didn't have to worry about OAL in the rifles (OAL can be a problem with the lever guns).  Now that I'm getting back into BE, I am going to have a .45 built on a Range Officer.  Its about time to start casting and reloading for the winter.  Wondering your thoughts between the 200 gr and 185 gr Lee semi wadcutter bullets.  I'd like to use the same bullet in all my guns if I can to simplify things.  I size everything to .452.  Thinking the 200 gr might be a little easier to work with in the lever guns.  What say you?

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Re: Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

Post by Wobbley on 12/28/2016, 7:13 pm

Never messed with CAS.  However, I'd start with the 200SWC and see. Then try the 185s if recoil is problematic.

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Re: Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

Post by Jon Eulette on 12/28/2016, 7:49 pm

I've seen the Lee 200 gr alox bullet shoot 7/8" 50 yd groups before. I've had great results with them when a friend used to cast them for me.
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Re: Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

Post by hp246 on 12/28/2016, 10:11 pm

Thanks guys.  Will give the 200s a try first.

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Post by Ghillieman on 12/29/2016, 3:59 am

I've casted and shot several thousand Lee 200gr SWC, great performance with 4gr WST.
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Re: Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

Post by Jon Eulette on 12/29/2016, 4:14 am

I just remembered that you'll need to initially measure all your cast bullets from the Lee mould
 Sometimes one of the cavities will be different size than the rest. Their QA needs a little help sometimes.
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Re: Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

Post by hp246 on 12/29/2016, 10:35 pm

Jon Eulette wrote:I just remembered that you'll need to initially measure all your cast bullets from the Lee mould
 Sometimes one of the cavities will be different size than the rest. Their QA needs a little help sometimes.
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Is putting the bullets through a sizing die enough to correct for this?

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Re: Lee 200 gr vs 185 gr .45 ACP

Post by NuJudge on 12/30/2016, 1:06 am

My experience with the Lee 6-cavity molds is that sometimes, some cavities run small, or large, sometimes very large.  A size die won't help if they're small. I have one .40 mold where all the cavities are so large it takes a heck of a lot of force to get bullets through the sizer.

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