45-185 lead with WST

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45-185 lead with WST

Post by bruce martindale on 10/15/2018, 4:43 pm

Anyone loading WST ?

Are you Master or better?

I suspect the minimum bullet weight for a good WST load is 185 

Bullseye seems to be the choice light bullets

Thanks

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Re: 45-185 lead with WST

Post by Jon Eulette on 10/15/2018, 5:00 pm

A buddy loaned me some loaded with 4.5 WST and they shot excellent. He dropped down to 4.1 and they were still shooting good at 50 yds. Next time I load I’m going with 4.1
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Post by dronning on 10/15/2018, 5:08 pm

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Re: 45-185 lead with WST

Post by zanemoseley on 10/15/2018, 6:30 pm

I also load WST under 185 grain SWC. What I find is the Magnus #801 takes much less powder than a H&G 68 profile. With a Magnus #801 I start at about 3.9 grains, for the H&G 68 I start over 4 grains.

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Post by rreid on 10/15/2018, 7:07 pm

4.0-4.1 with Zero SWCHP works for me.
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Post by 8eightring on 10/15/2018, 8:25 pm

I use 4.2 WST with the 185 Zero but also lube the bullets with alox. No leading and great accuracy.

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Post by farmboy on 10/15/2018, 8:53 pm

I use WST.
 I shoot Dardas 160s & Zero 185's and 200s .  All with the same charge of 4.1.  50yd accuracy is the same and function is the same. Crimp is .464 for the 160s & 185s

I actually prefer Dardas 160s  for recoil impulse over the other but they have shut down.  I hear Bobs Bullets is just as good. I will try some when my Dardas run out.
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Re: 45-185 lead with WST

Post by Allgoodhits on 10/20/2018, 3:14 pm

In my guns 4.0- 4.2 WST works well with 185gr .45acp lead. If jacketed 185s then my guns like 4.4 - 4.6 WST.   FYI, WST works well in .38 Super and .38 Spl too.
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Post by SteveT on 10/20/2018, 9:43 pm

Yep 4.1-4.2 with 185 or 200 gr. Good stuff.

I never tried working up a load with lighter bullets. Maybe one day. 4.4gr N310 is my load for 160gr, LSWC, which, I think, is only slightly less accurate than the above load. I usually shoot WST 185 HPSWC at the long line and N310 160's at the short line. If I had more time I would work up loads for a common powder, but it's good enough for now. I mostly shoot jacketed loads in my primary gun and lead in my backup gun.
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