Just about to reload a 1k of 230 fmj.��. Setting up the Progressive press tomorrow.
Exactly what I was going to say. 5.5 gr Win. 231/HP-38 (exact same powder, different label according to the Hodgdon site) w/200 gr SWC or 230 gr RN.I'm using 5.5 gr. of W231 behind a 230gr. hardball. This works just fine for me. I've also used 5.25 gr. of it with 200 gr. LSWC's, and that worked very well too.
this is just a plinking round presonal defence is 230 gn HST and 5.2 gns of bullseye and cci primers stout but very accurate,i use 4.8 gns of bullseye with a 452. rnfp. 205 gn hardcast moly coat bullet with an 18 # spring out of both a 5in and 4in 1911 accurate as can be and deadly.oal 1.160 feeds as good as any.
Good Morning Dog:Getting the taper crimp right was the only part of loading for the .45 that needed some extra attention.
I tried to match the crimp of factory loads I had on hand.
I have L.E. Wilson or Lyman case length and headspace gauges for each caliber I load for.
They are meant mostly for checking the adjustment of your sizing die so you don't oversize brass, but are cut like a standard chamber for that caliber..
I drop each newly loaded round into the gauge. If it doesn't drop in all the way, or doesn't drop in as easily as the rest, there is a reason. Either the round is too long, or oversize in diameter, as in it missed the resizing stage.
That doesn't happen too often, like a couple times in thousands of rounds.
Catching a tight or over length round might save you some embarrassment at the range, or it might save your life if used for self defense.
I loaded several hundred rounds of 185 grain Golden Saber with W-W 231, and when those were gone, switched over to 200 gr. Speer Gold Dots.
Some say you should never use reloaded ammo for carry, but after 700 rounds or so without a hitch, I felt confident with them.
Nowadays, I just buy 3 or 4 boxes of Federal HST factory loads for each caliber.
Bulge buster eh? I may try this!My load for years has been 4.5 gr of red dot or clay dot with a lead or polymer coated 200 gr rnfp. I do run every loaded .45 acp through a lee bulge buster die to iron out any case imperfections as I shoot these through a variety of 1911s, smith and colt revolvers and several AR.45 carbines. The AR 45s tend to really bang up brass and if you shoot a 1911 wild bunch match you're bound to get somebody elses brass. My ironed out load feeds, chambers and operates in every .45 I've got.