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Post by Andyrub 10/1/2022, 1:45 pm

What is the correct length for loading a 185 gr SWC 45 ACP?

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Post by SteveT 10/1/2022, 1:58 pm

More important than OAL is making sure the shoulder is slightly above the lip of the case mouth. Something like 1/32-1/16" above lip is about right.
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Post by NukeMMC 10/1/2022, 2:01 pm

If you're talking about a H&G 130, it will depend on your pistol and whose mold is used to cast them, but seat it so there's about 1/32" of lead proud of the brass. This should be somewhere around 1.150 +/-
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Post by bruce martindale 10/1/2022, 2:04 pm

It varies, shell should drop into chamber and be just below flush on the hood

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Post by Wobbley 10/1/2022, 11:48 pm

The place to start is to load a SWC so that the shoulder of the bullet (bore diameter portion of the bullet) to the base of the cartridge is .910 long.  Crimp to .465 at the mouth to start.
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Post by bmize1 10/1/2022, 11:51 pm

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Post by BE Mike 10/2/2022, 8:59 am

Wobbley wrote:The place to start is to load a SWC so that the shoulder of the bullet (bore diameter portion of the bullet) to the base of the cartridge is .910 long.  Crimp to .465 at the mouth to start.
Using Dillon dies, I never found that a tight crimp worked well in my .45 ACP pistols. I came to the conclusion after machine rest testing at 50 yards. It does seem to work very well for some, though. Leaving just a little shoulder exposed above the mouth of the case is pretty much universal. Of course there are different designs of 185 gr. bullets. If a button nose, they may or may not feed well through your magazines, until they are adjusted. One thing I learned over many decades is nothing is written in stone.
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Post by bruce martindale 10/2/2022, 6:30 pm

Now THOSE are pretty reloads!

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Post by Andyrub 10/4/2022, 12:54 pm

Any recommendations for where to  purchase 185 SWC 45 ACP?

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Post by RodJ 10/4/2022, 12:55 pm

I measure from base of case to top of the shoulder on Brazos 180 and 200 LSWC.  For my guns max is .930. Anything longer and they start having feeding issues, hanging up and jammed at an ugly angle. OAL for my Brzs 180 loads with the .930 is right at 1.245”. I can go shorter but since I don’t sort brass the case lengths vary. .930 ensures that the shoulder is above the case mouth by 1/32 or so.

EDIT- the 1/32 (roughly=0.030) varies a bit depending on case length but seems to be the high end. Longer cases still have some shoulder above the rim tho not as much.


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Post by RodJ 10/4/2022, 12:57 pm

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Post by Allgoodhits 10/4/2022, 2:02 pm

Andyrub wrote:Any recommendations for where to  purchase 185 SWC 45 ACP?
Brazos Precision
Bayou Bullets
ZERO
Penn Bullets

I have found all above to be excellent lead or coated bullets.
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Post by jglenn21 10/5/2022, 7:41 am

I'll add Summers bullets to your list. Donny makes good stuff
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Post by Olde Pilot 10/5/2022, 9:31 am

Summers is good stuff and nice guy also.

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Post by BE Mike 10/5/2022, 9:53 am

Allgoodhits wrote:
Andyrub wrote:Any recommendations for where to  purchase 185 SWC 45 ACP?
Brazos Precision
Bayou Bullets
ZERO
Penn Bullets

I have found all above to be excellent lead or coated bullets.
I believe that Penn Bullets is out of business. The owner passed away last year.
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Post by NukeMMC 10/5/2022, 10:35 am

Anyone else use Missouri? I shoot their 155gr Hitek coated SWCs over 4.3gr of N310 with a .465" crimp at 25 and they perform quite well for me.
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Post by Wobbley 10/5/2022, 12:41 pm

Missouri is ok. The ones I tried shot well.  Brazos has a better reputation and they support Bulkseye shooting.
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Post by Orion 10/11/2022, 9:40 pm

Has anyone used east coast reloading supplies 185 wadcutter?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/eastcoastreloading.com/amp/proofmark-bullets-45-caliber-185-grain-semi-wadcutter-452-diameter/
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Post by zanemoseley 10/11/2022, 10:21 pm

Magnus is great. Terry's crew makes good stuff. I also cast my own 180swc HG68 bullets with a Magma die. .920" to the shoulder. Mine look just like bmize's above. Usually .45 loads are very forgiving.

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