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Recommendation for .45 acp Semi-Wad Cutter Bullets

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Post by JGW006 Sun Dec 03, 2023 11:20 am

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I’ve returned to the shooting hobby after ignoring it for many years.  I shoot .45 acp from 1911 pattern pistols.  

What bullet recommendations can I get for reloading?

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Post by DA/SA Thu Dec 28, 2023 12:42 pm

4.0 to 4.2 should do it.

5.8 is crazy high for Precision Pistol use.
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Post by JGW006 Thu Dec 28, 2023 1:25 pm

That’s good to hear!  I can load 15 rounds at 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2.

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Post by Cmysix Sun Dec 31, 2023 7:46 am

of all the powders mentioned here No one has mentioned 700X or 800X, they have been hard to find but my fathers favorite load was 5 grains of 700X and a 185 grain SWC.
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Post by jmoore Fri Jan 26, 2024 1:19 am

SingleActionAndrew wrote:I have DGs 200gr SWC (green coated no lube groove) from a few years ago and experimented with just earlier this year.  The ones I have are much harder for what that's worth and also have significantly greater variance in weight vs the Zero swaged SWCs.

Edit for clarity: I don't think the DGs are as fit for bullseye as the Zeros

I just weighed 500 new DG 200gr coated, no lube groove LSWCs. Very wide range: almost 8 grains, with a very spiky but generally flat "hump" in distribution leaning towards the light end. Bases looked odd on many. Some dished, some with a couple of rearward protruding wings and others with a high sprue. (Not a whole lot of detectable voids showing as localized sunken areas on the bases, maybe 10-12.) Sadness. OK for Steel Challenge, maybe. 

A tedious but productive winter time activity. The good batches are destined for IHMSA Field Pistol and Bullseye, after culling. The rest? Back on the shelf for now.


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Post by jmoore Fri Jan 26, 2024 1:54 am

FYI, for you curious types: The basic H&G68 style .45 cast bullet, when "well formed", and filled, stays accurate to 200m. It just doesn't reliably knock over 60 lb. Rams with any load I care to shoot. Best "store bought" type cast bullets I've ever tried at long range.

ETA: "Store Bought" pistol caliber bullets, that is. I've bought some rifle caliber, gas checked, bullets that are way better in long barrel single shots. They cost as much or more than jacketed match projectiles, though, and are way more finicky.


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