cast bullet choice 45 acp


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lonewolf5347
July 6, 2007, 09:35 PM
I am going to place an order with graf@sons ,running threw there catalog I have a few choices any help on which bullet would help?
meister bullets 200 grain swc or 230 round nose?
hornady bulk cast 200 swc or 230 RN
I used hornady back in the 70's never used Meister Bullets, powder will be UNIQUE I see they also carry Berry's plated ,but I was talking with a fellow loader and he stated seem the plating come loose when seating the bullet

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Steve C
July 6, 2007, 09:48 PM
For target loads the 200 gr SWC is the best choice as it cuts a nice paper punch hole in paper targets. The downside of semi wad cutters is they are dificult to get good feeding without a polished ramp and throated chamber. If you have a newer non mil-spec pistol its possible that it already has a throated barrel.

I've found Hornady SWC's to be one of the most difficult bullets to get to feed properly as it has a very short nose. The Speer IMO is better as is most cast bullet design.

For general shooting and plinking or use in a Mil-spec pistol the round nose will be easier to put together a working load.

ReloaderFred
July 6, 2007, 10:45 PM
Your "fellow loader" isn't loading his plated bullets properly. All you have to do is bell the case mouth a little and don't over crimp. I've shot thousands and thousands of Berry's bullets in 9x19, 9x21, .38 Super, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, 10mm, .400 Cor-Bon, .41 Magnum, .45 acp and .45-70. I've been very happy with them.

You may want to try Berry's 185 grain Round Nose Hollow Base bullet. It has the same profile as the 230 grain Round Nose, with a much lighter weight. I've yet to find a .45 that it won't feed through and it also shoots very accurately.

Hope this helps.

Fred

Primersinmyshoe
July 7, 2007, 12:06 AM
I've never had a 1911 that wouldn't feed 200g SWC's, and I've had a few...

jfh
July 7, 2007, 12:18 AM
including SA 1911s, EAA, and S&W, is that the 200gr SWCs do feed OK. If you have trouble, try these two things:

1) a different spring, or
2) adjusting LOA slightly.

If you're working on the low side of charges, the proper crimp also needs to be spot-on.

I also have had good luck with 185 SWCs.

Jim H.

lonewolf5347
July 7, 2007, 12:29 AM
thanks guys thought I ask seem a long time since loading for the 1911 and from what I here yes it is a mil spec gun and the serial number from what i here is but together in the usa no marking on the gun made in brazil

kellyj00
July 9, 2007, 11:44 AM
the lighter the bullet, the more powder is recommended according to my charts. don't know why this is.

I would go with 230 gr. Lead RN or Truncated cone (aka flat point). Both will feed in an XD, a Sig 220 and a SA 1911 Mil-spec. I know that first hand...

Vern Humphrey
July 9, 2007, 12:32 PM
the lighter the bullet, the more powder is recommended according to my charts. don't know why this is.
The M1911 is recoil-operated. For reliability, it needs a certain level of momentum, which is Mass X Velocity. When dropping bullet weight, the velocity increase must be somewhat greater than that achieved by simply keeping the same charge to get reliable functioning.

Bottom Gun
July 9, 2007, 04:11 PM
The 200 gr SWC Meister bullets are a good all around choice. I've shot thousands of them loaded with Unique and Win 231 with good results.
I have also enjoyed shooting 185 gr and even 155 gr SWC.

I have never had an issue with SWC bullets in any of my 1911's.

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