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Post by gregbenner on 1/5/2020, 5:03 pm

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I load 2.8g BE with 148 g bullets in my Clark 38 special. Super mild recoil. I currently load 3.5 grains of Bullseye for 200 grain SWC for my 45, mild recoil and accurate at 25y. I’m wondering if anyone has tried a really powder puff load with the 160 g .45  swc?  I’m thinking the coated Brazos bullet. Only for 25y and for practice.

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Post by gregbenner on 1/7/2020, 2:35 pm

Lots of great replies, thanks all.  I’m definitely gonna order some of the 160s and see how low I can go (lol). I’ve got a 10 lb spring in my RO, with a Kart barrel. Might even try a 9 lb spring?  I’ll post when I get some results.

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Post by Aprilian on 1/7/2020, 3:22 pm

Richard Benoit wrote:In an earlier post on this subject, it was mentioned that N310 was not an appropriate powder to use with coated bullets. I did notice an odor firing loads with N310 that was not present with 700x, WST or Tite-Group. 


Richard, can you point me to that thread, I couldn't find it.  In this thread https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t13371-question-on-n310 guys seem to be doing fine with the Brazos coated and N310.
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Post by Marvel22 on 1/7/2020, 4:31 pm

I loaded 100 rounds of the 160gr Brazos, with 4.0 of titegroup. The cases are not ejecting fully and get caught by the slide. I am running a 13lb spring. Slide mounted optics, Les Baer gun. This is my first try with the 160gr bulletts. I crimped them to .463, as per other posts. I normally use their 185/180 gr. bullets. Same power load but those I crimp at .469. 

Is the tighter crimp the cause? I did not think I needed to use a different spring. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Post by Jon Eulette on 1/7/2020, 4:36 pm

The tighter crimp helps build pressure which is good thing. Try a 11 or 12# recoil spring and see if the cases eject. My powder puff 180 loads land on the bench.
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Post by dronning on 1/7/2020, 5:10 pm

Richard Benoit wrote:Further testing will have to wait about a month until I recover from surgery, Richard
Don't push it, my doctor who shoots action pistol told me not to push the 45 even though I already shot softball loads.  I shot 22 only for a couple of matches then added the 45 about 6 weeks after surgery.  I didn't feel any pain BUT my wrist didn't like it and I developed a flinch.  It took me 6 months to get rid of it and it still comes back once in a while.
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Good luck on your recovery.
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Post by Deerspy on 1/7/2020, 10:40 pm

160 wax lube 3.6 Clays  .465 crimp, SA RO 12 recoil spring 20 mainspring , short line.


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Post by radjag on 1/8/2020, 12:51 am

I spent quite a lot of time working up a recipe with Brazos 160 hitec over N310. It is documented in this thread:-

Lies, Damn Lies, and Chrono results!

Sorry, couldn't figure out how to cut/paste a link using my phone.

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Post by james r chapman on 1/8/2020, 4:47 am

Deerspy wrote:160 wax lube 3.6 Clays  .365 crimp, SA RO 12 recoil spring 20 mainspring , short line.
Now that’s a crimp!!!!!!
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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on 1/8/2020, 5:49 am

james r chapman wrote:
Deerspy wrote:160 wax lube 3.6 Clays  .365 crimp, SA RO 12 recoil spring 20 mainspring , short line.
Now that’s a crimp!!!!!!
I think you would have to use a serious tubing cutter to crimp a .45 that tight...might want to become a multiple projectile round.   Powder puff loads got 160g .45? - Page 2 2309170423
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Post by Richard Benoit on 1/8/2020, 6:56 pm

Aprilian wrote:
Richard Benoit wrote:In an earlier post on this subject, it was mentioned that N310 was not an appropriate powder to use with coated bullets. I did notice an odor firing loads with N310 that was not present with 700x, WST or Tite-Group. 


Richard, can you point me to that thread, I couldn't find it.  In this thread https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t13371-question-on-n310 guys seem to be doing fine with the Brazos coated and N310.
I couldn't find it again either , it may have been in a thread discussing the differences between HI-Tek and powder coated bullets. Soon I'll have more time on my hands (or one good hand) , I'll look again.

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Post by Richard Benoit on 1/10/2020, 7:49 pm

Aprilian wrote:
Richard Benoit wrote:In an earlier post on this subject, it was mentioned that N310 was not an appropriate powder to use with coated bullets. I did notice an odor firing loads with N310 that was not present with 700x, WST or Tite-Group. 


Richard, can you point me to that thread, I couldn't find it.  In this thread https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t13371-question-on-n310 guys seem to be doing fine with the Brazos coated and N310.
I found it in the thread"what does Tite-Group really excel at ",4/22/19 , seems out of place in the middle of the thread

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Post by Deerspy on 1/11/2020, 3:56 pm

ok I fixed the typ O!

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