Hey guys there is not much posting here yet so lets see if we can get something happening. Anyway who loads 45 acp with what and how. I am currently loading 4.5 grns of Titegroup behind a 200 grn. lswc and am very plesed with it. Boon
I am just getting started at this and here's what I am shooting and reloading with.
1- 45 ACP
2- Shooting it in a 1928 Thompson submachine gun and a Colt C.C.O. pistol and a W.W. II officers pistol.
3- loads: star bullet 230 gr. FMJ with Winchester primers and 5.2 gr of HP-38 powder.
4- I am using a Lee Progressive 1000 loader.
I have found that if you tumble them in corncob and then deprime and clean again with walnut shells, they look like brand new brass.
Like I said, just getting started and have only got the first 6 rounds for testing. Haven't had the chance to shoot yet but will let you know when I do. Any hints will always help.
I never could get a decent load with Unique. I load 4.1 gr. of Bullseye with a 200 gr. lswc (H&G 68 profile) and 4.5 gr. Bullseye with the 230 gr. Gold Dot. The 200 gr. load prints cloverleafs at 25 yards out of my Gold Cup (when I manage to do my part )
No the 6 rounds didn't last but just about 1/3 of a second! But they did tell me that it was the right load. The next 1000 ran out almost as fast and was just as fun. Just finished my last 1000 last night.Now for the weather to break so I can burn that up just as fast.They also shot just as good in my Colt pistol. I'm using 230 gr. FMJ Star brand and Zero brand bullets with 5.0 gr. of HP-38 powder and Winchester primers. I'll post with future infos.
I use 7.0gr Herco, CCI Mag. primer, IMI brass, 230gr-Hardball, Hornady XTP, and Speer GDHP's. My 45 is a 1991A1 With a 18lb. main spring w/Xpr FP spring, Shock buffs and full length Guide rod. They shoot good and don't kick alot. Good luck and good shooting!
- - -so maybe it's time for a lurker to get on record.
I've shot a LOT of handloads in various .45 ACP arms since the mid-1960s. Most of them, over the years were 230 gr, either lead RN or jacketed hardball 230 with 6.5 Unique, which I read was "Factory Duplication Load," some decades back.
After I got a chronograph, I found that this was needlessly hot with lead bullets, so cut back to 6.2 gr, which still gave around 860 in a 5" Govt Model Colt.
In last few years, I've been using 5.4 gr. of W-231, and this works fine with the lead bullets in 5" guns, plus an old Commander 4-1/4 and a Colt Officers Model ACP.
Naturally, anything that'll fit works well in my 1917 S&W. I don't have loading references here with me. I recall what i use, but not sure it it is within published data. It is based on a bulk-purchased 250 gr. .45 Colt LSWC and Unique powder. I have another using bullet from an old Lyman Keith-Thompson design mould, which casts up at 276 gr., sized and lubed. Needless to say, this is NOT for use in auto pistols or a cherished submachine gun, but it's a barn burner on steel plates, and may someday take down a Hill Country white tail. I try to keep this last one for loads in .45 Auto Rim cases, but HAVE used it in ACP cases for quick reloads in matches.
If anyone's interested, I'll look up my records and published data and post it, with appropriate cautions. I believe we owe each other, and the board operators, the consideration of indicating CAUTIONARY NOTES whenever giving out hotter-than-currently-published load data.
I generally either use my own cast bullets or those made by Magnus bullet company of Alabama.The 230 grain RN is an old favorite but the 200 gr swc is the real tackdriver. I am using WW231, bullseye and winchester WST powder. At present I use a Dillon 550 progressive press to load my .45 acp rounds.
I've been loading the 45 acp since 1976. I bought a Colt SAA 45 Colt in 75 and later I wanted a Colt Govt model. I used a 200 swc and used bullseye and Unique. Any combination shot very good. Later that year I bought a S&W mod 25. I could load 3 grains of Bullseye with a 200 SWC. I think the light load on a auto loader was 4.2 grains of bullseye with a 200 SWC. I unfornatley traded that govt model for a pistol that should of been a step up. A AMT Hardballer. It needed a lot of work to get it to run like a Colt. But Bullseye I used because u could get over 1600 rds per pound. Powder back then was $3/pound.
I've loaded for the 45 ACP mostly for bullseye shooting. The best load I have for the 50 yd line is 4.2 gr Bullseye behind a 200 gr lead SWC bullet. At the 25 yd line for timed and rapid I use 3.7 gr Bullseye with the 200 gr lead SWC. I've been using these loads for over 30 years with fairly good success.