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45 ACP cast bullet loads

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Diesel Dave, Apr 10, 2008.

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  1. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave TS Member

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    I'm new to loading the 45 ACP and am looking for information on different loads for loading cast bullets. If you have information on molds for the 185 and 200 grain bullet I would appreciate that info also. Yes, I shoot trap also. :)
     
  2. setter

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    Here you go! Click above.
     
  3. Shooting Coach

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    If you shoot trap, chances are your shotshell powder will work well. What powder do you use?

    I no longer use a SWC in the 45 Auto. I have found the 200 gr RNFP Cowboy bullet is utterly flawless, and is about as accurate. It is easier to find. Taper crimp just above lube groove.
     
  4. ricks1

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    45acp if you are going to cast then go with the Lee 6 cavity tumble lube 200gr with5gr of Tite group is the best i have used will even shoot fair in a Glock i make my lead hard so the weight will run light around 193 to 195gr rick
     
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    IF YOU SHOOT THE 1911 TYPE GO WITH THE HG 68. BULLET MOLD 200GRAIN SWC. USE IT FOR TARGET AND IPSEC AND IDPA. 3.8 BULLSEYE FOR TARGET AND 5.0 GRAINS FOR IPSEC. RICK ZINO
     
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    i like to use the 200 gr 0r 185 gr roundnose flat point bullets on top of 5gr of 700x, or red dot, last bunch i loaded was 185 gr lead ,with 5.9 gr of solo 1000 works great, ive tried 155gr swc and had feed problems but made for a light target load for sure
     
  7. BDodd

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    Through the last 1/2 of the 80s and into the mid-90s, I competed with my carry 1911 for the purpose of practice and continuous familiarity. I preferred both the 200 gr.and 185 gr. Hensley and Gibbs 68, SWC, mostly Fed. primers but Winchesters were #2, and I dabbled in 700X, WST, Win 231, Win AA 5, and Unique powders. Were I to find youth and motivation again, I'd just about stick with what Sir Zino says above and use Bullseye or my current 12 ga. powder until I got the level of power factor to satisfy rules. Anyone having trouble with the SWC bullet needs to have his 1911 treated to a feed and function job....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  8. JDinTX

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    5.3 PB and 200 Gr. Flatpoint. I bet I've shot a 55 gallon of those. Great load. JD
     
  9. Diesel Dave

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    Thank you all for the information. This is a great site for ALL shooters to get or pass on information to others. Dave Kennedy
     
  10. DJM

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    Dave - I have two of the aluminum Lee two cavity bullet molds for the .45 ACP in the 200 g SWC size. These molds are inexpensive, under $20 each with handles from your favorite mail order house. With two molds you can get a decent rate of production with a continuous movement operation. Fill a mold, set aside. Fill the second mold, set aside. Pick up the first one, break the sprue, tap out the bullets, close the mold, fill the mold, set aside. Repeat with the other mold. No waiting for the bullets to freeze. Don Miller
     
  11. Diesel Dave

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    Thanks for the info Don. Are the molds for the "tumble lube" type of bullet? I would prefer to use my sizer/lube. Dave
     
  12. ricks1

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    i know a lot of people use the lube sizer but if you look at the bullet the lead is what is in contact with bore 45 acp dont matter that much but when you get to the speed of 357 and 44 mag there is a lot of leading i have not had near the problem useing the Lee system the Lee molds are better than the steel ones also rick
     
  13. DJM

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    Dave - Open up your Midaway catalog or go to their web site (www.midwayusa). On their website home page they have a tab dedicated to bullet casting. Look and you will see the Lee molds are available in both size and wax lube or tumble lube types. Just pick your favorite design and bullet weight. I size and lube all my cast bullets. The aluminum molds are much easier to use, rarely do I not get good bullets by the second casting. Barrel leading is controlled primarily by the hardness of the pot metal and the bullet velocity. You will notice that swaged bullets (pure lead) are listed in the reload books with low charges and velocities. Cast bullets with tin and antimony added are harder and can be loaded to a faster velocity. Lyman makes a lot of bullet casting equipment and has a booklet available. It is on their web site at lymanproducts.com. Go to the page on casting and scroll down until you see a tab for "Cast Bullet Guide". Lots of basic info and some on metal alloys.
     
  14. Diesel Dave

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    Thanks again to all who replied. I have enough information to get something going for the 45 ACP. I've cast a lot of bullets for the 38/357 and the 41 Mag. I have used the 41 with my cast bullets to take several deer. Handgun hunting is a hoot. Now I have something else to play with when I'm not loading trap shells. Dave
     
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    5gr of Promo works well for me.
     
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    I use Promo as well, 4.2 grains. 800 fps with a 200 BB. I like the 200 round nose SWC from Billy bullets. They are clean and feed flawlessly
     
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