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I have some 350 gr .451 round nose bullets. Has anyone seen any load data for using anything this heavy in the 45 ACP? Looks like it would make a good suppressible thumper.

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Jim,

My Speer Reloading Manual recommends against anything heavier than the 230 for the 45 ACP due to excessive frame battering. They might be fine in a Ruger BH with a 45 ACP cylinder or certainly for 45 Colt, 454 Casull or 460 S&W.

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In my considerable experience with the 1911, even the 250 gr bullet will beat the old warhorse to death.

The load John Browning originally designed for it was a 200 gr flat point bullet at 900 fps.

The 230 gr bullet at 860 fps (the old military load) should be considered as absolute maximum in the 45 Auto. Use the 18 1/2 lb recoil spring and a CP Buffer. This load will beat a 1911 to death if it is shot a lot.
 

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If you have a lathe you can put the bullet heads nose first in the chuck and drill some of the lead out of the bullet. Set it up so the final weight of the bullet is 200 grains. HMB
 
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