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Recommendations for CMP hardball components

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Post by bihammond 1/28/2022, 3:55 pm

New to precision pistol and reloading; trying to build up experience in both. Got myself a new (to me) 1911 in .45 and training for CMP EIC matches, specifically the Western Games in Phoenix.

I was able to source a few components but pickings have been slim. Running new Starline brass, CCI LPP and a plated Speer 230gr over 5.0gr N520. With my limited time with any .45 it seems pretty accurate but I'd like to try some other recipes and components to get a feel for what this pistol and I like for ammunition.

Any recommendations for a new powder or especially a FMJ 230gr projectile? The 'pet loads' post is full of wadcutters and nothing as heavy as the 230gr required by the CMP matches I'd like to participate in.

Thanks all.

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Post by chiz1180 1/28/2022, 3:59 pm

sierra 230s are good. However before committing to the 230s, exactly what matches do you think require 230 ball?
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Post by Dcforman 1/28/2022, 4:03 pm

CMP service pistol only requires jacketed ammo. Most shoot 185gr JHP's. Hornady, Nosler, or Zero. I'm sure there's other manufacturers though. Must be missing someone.

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Post by Rotwang 1/28/2022, 4:40 pm

The CMP games require 230 jacketed in a.45 but it’s a different gun than for EIC

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Post by jglenn21 1/28/2022, 4:54 pm

Believe the "as issued" matches require the 230 balll ammo..
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Post by bihammond 1/28/2022, 4:56 pm

Hmmm, I must have been confusing the 230gr requirement of the 'As Issued M1911' match. Well that opens up a whole new world of projectiles. Thanks for pointing that out.
Zero seems to be sold out but I will take another look through the 'pet loads' thread and see what I can find available. I know I saw some Hornady (HAP, perhaps?) in stock locally.

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Post by hengehold 1/28/2022, 6:20 pm

I think Magnus makes a 185gr JHP.

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Post by troystaten 1/29/2022, 2:30 pm

On the 6th day Bullseye powder was created. Works great for 45 acp loads.

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Post by bihammond 1/29/2022, 2:48 pm

I'll be on the lookout for Bullseye, HP38 and WST for powders when my N320 gets low. Those seem to be the classics.
Picked up a box of Hornady 185gr XTP today and will look for the HAP versions. Midsouth has a Nosler Custom Comp in 185gr JHP but only in a 1,000 round box. Can't imagine that is a bad bullet so I may go ahead and make the investment.

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Post by WesG 1/30/2022, 9:30 am

When I bought my LB I looked around a bit and the Nosler came up as the most accurate bullet available. The Sierra 230 was the EIC bullet of choice. So I have a decent stash of both, and the 230 isnt needed anymore.

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Post by RoyDean 1/30/2022, 9:41 am

Midsouth have Nosler 185JHP in bulk packs available. These seem to be the best bet on the market at present.

Zero are said to be best, but currently no stock, I called, could not give me any indication of when they might get more.

I have been told that the HAP's are no good for 50 yards.

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Post by orpheoet 1/31/2022, 3:03 am

I currently use 4.2gr N310 and Zero 185gr JHP. I have had good success with WST from 4.2-4.5gr. I experimented with seperate loads for 25 and 50 but ultimately ended up with the 4.2 N310 for both.
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