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Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by Dcforman on 12/31/2017, 10:01 am

Hey all!

Can anyone share a good starting bullseye load using Zero 185 HPLSWC and Accurate No. 5 powder? Gun is a series 70 Gold Cup with a 12# spring, primarily shot right now at 25 yards. Searched the forum, but couldn't find anything. The local store was out of Bullseye, so this is what I ended up with!

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Re: Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by cdrt on 12/31/2017, 12:17 pm

I have a copy of Accurate's #1 manual:
On page 129 under .45 ACP Wadcutter loads they show the following for Accurate #5 powder.
Bullet, HDY 185 TGT, starting load, 6.8 grains of #5 at 726 fps, max is 7.5 grains at 825 fps
Bullet, 200 Lead SWC, starting load, 6.3 grains of #5 at 720 fps, max is 7.0 grains at 818 fps

For a comparison, under regular .45 ACP loads, they show a Lead 230 RN bullet with 7.7 grains of #5 as a start load at 852 fps, max is 8.5 grains of #5 at 968 fps.

The manual describes #5 as suitable for the .45 ACP, with a burn rate slightly lower than Unique.
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Post by NuJudge on 12/31/2017, 1:21 pm

http://www.accuratepowder.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/accurate_load_data_3.5.pdf

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Re: Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by Dcforman on 12/31/2017, 1:28 pm

That helps tremendously. On Accurate's load data (which was just 
posted above!), they have a lead swc 185 listed with a starting load of 8.0 grains of no. 5 at a velocity of 925. Was hoping to start much lower. Looks like I'll try 6.8 and go from there.

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Re: Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by Wobbley on 12/31/2017, 2:38 pm

From all accounts I’ve read it seems Accutate No. 5 tends to be dirty at the lower end, unturned powder and all that. If you can swap for No 2.
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Re: Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by Dcforman on 12/31/2017, 6:42 pm

Wobbley wrote:From all accounts I’ve read it seems Accutate No. 5 tends to be dirty at the lower end, unturned powder and all that.  If you can swap for No 2.
Well, I haven't opened it yet. Maybe it's best to trade in for no. 2? Anything else work well for me besides Bullseye?

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Post by cdrt on 12/31/2017, 8:53 pm

If you can find some IMR Target, it loads the same as Bullseye.
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Re: Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by farmboy on 1/1/2018, 7:29 am

WST works very well
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Re: Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by noylj on 1/1/2018, 2:27 pm

Powders that give me the best accuracy in .45 auto:
231/HP38
Red Dot
AA2
Bullseye
Solo 1000
PS: I've never had a failure due to "dirty" powder and I shot 5.0gn of Unique with 200gn L-SWC for a couple of years and only cleaned the gun about once a year.

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Re: Accurate No. 5 load data

Post by Dcforman on 1/1/2018, 7:56 pm

Thanks for all the replies. Looked at my receipt, apparently powders aren't returnable. So it looks like I'll be giving no. 5 a shot!

I generally clean every 500 rounds or so anyway....

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