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Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by orpheoet on Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:55 pm

I bought a M25-2 for the sole purpose of being able to shoot a 2700 all revolver. I'm curious as to what others have found to be accurate. I have Bullseye and WST but I'm not opposed to other powders.
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Post by Wobbley on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:13 pm

Anything that's accurate in a 1911.
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Re: Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by Jack H on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:22 pm

The 200 JSWC Hornady was great in my 1955 model >>>>>
4.8 BE in rimmed case
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Post by orpheoet on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:27 pm

Is jacketed preferable to lead?
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Post by Jack H on Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:05 pm

In mine it is
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Post by cdrt on Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:20 pm

Mine liked a 185 Lead SWC with 3.5 grains of BE.  Very pleasant and a tack driver.
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Post by willnewton on Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:14 am

Wobbley wrote:Anything that's accurate in a 1911.
I spent a few days researching the same question on my 625-4. The internet and I came to the same conclusion as Wobbley.

Use whatever you are currently reloading 1911 with as a starting point and proceed with finer testing.

My 1911 target base loads:

185gr JHP 4.2gr BE
185gr LSWCHP 3.8gr BE
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Post by orpheoet on Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:21 am

I use the Zero 185 JHP with 4.5 WST for long line and EIC. I'm hoping that groups well. I also have a bunch of 200gr SWC with 4.5 WST from before I switched to the Zero.
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Re: Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by spursnguns on Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:44 am

Greetings,

In the Model 25, how light of a load has anyone gone with the 185 grain J.H.P. Nosler/Zero?  Any concern about jacket/core separation with such light loads?

Thanks.

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Post by Jon Eulette on Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:58 am

I've shot jacketed down to 3.7 gr BE with no issues in 1911. Would revolver really be much different? I know the gap between cylinder/barrel loses gas but is there a chance if seperation? I alwYs thought seperation was from too fast. Great question. I always figured to slow was either poor accuracy or squib :l)
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Re: Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by spursnguns on Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:04 pm

Hello Jon,

Your experience matches mine.  I was thumbing through some older (1970's) manuals over the weekend and they stressed not to go too low with J.H.P.s in revolvers.  The jacket/core bonding technology is probably much better today than it was then.

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Re: Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by Wobbley on Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:18 pm

In those old days, JHP were derived from the "half-jacketed bullets" that preceded them. There were definite concerns about core separation in the bore with those old tech bullets.  I believe Speer cautioned against light loads with their 146 gr. SJHP design.
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Re: Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by james r chapman on Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:48 pm

The old 1/2 jackets would come off of low velocity.
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Re: Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by LenV on Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:17 pm

Answering the OP my favorite load is 3.8gr BE and a 200 gr LSWC. I load that or 4.5gr and a 185 Zero JHP. I am not worried about recoil for slow fire so the hot ones work fine. I only use the good stuff for matches and train with the 200gr lead bullets. I can't really tell much difference but sometimes you only lose by 1 point.

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Re: Best bullet/load for 25-2?

Post by orpheoet on Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:44 am

I'm going to slug the chambers and barrel. I think the throats are a little big. A 0.452" 200 gr LSWC goes through with not much effort. The zero 185 JHP drops right through.
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