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goose2
December 25, 2008, 08:44 PM
I have a XD 45 ACP. I was wondering what the over all length of the loaded case everyone is reloading them to?

Thanks in advance

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D. Manley
December 25, 2008, 08:59 PM
Depends on the bullet. Best policy, check your manual(s) for seating depth on the same or at least, a similarly designed bullet of the same weight. In other words, a 230 grain FMJ and a 230 grain plated RN can be seated similarly as could two similarly shaped 185 grain hollow points. As a rule-of-thumb, I seat most 230 grain RN bullets to +/- 1.260, most 230 grain JHP to +/- 1.230 and most 185 JHP to +/- 1.200.

Walkalong
December 25, 2008, 09:06 PM
I seat most 200 Gr SWC's at 1.260 to 1.265, as I do 230 Gr RN. I seat the Berrys 200 Gr HP at 1.200. I seat the Berrys 185 Gr SWC at 1.190. I seat the 225 Gr X-Treme TrFP at 1.215. I seat the Zero 185 Gr JHP at 1.220 to 1.225. I seat the Zero 230 Gr JHP at 1.245. I seat the Rem GD 230 JHP at 1.230 as well as the 200 & 230 Gr XTP.

Just depends. :)

moooose102
December 26, 2008, 01:42 PM
what i usually do is measure the oal of factory loaded rounds that resembles what i am loading, and use that measurement. unless i am trying to work up a special load for one reason or another. or have a problem with feeding. i seldom run into trouble doing this. if i was trying to get every last fps out of a round, i would start working the length outward until you have feed problems, back it up .020" and then start upping the powder 1/10th at a time until you get the highest velocity with safe pressures.

GooseGestapo
December 26, 2008, 02:10 PM
Like Walkalong, I seat my H&G #68 style SWC to 1.260-65. My Springfield XD requires them this long. My SA M1911 prefers them 1.250-55. Also, the XD wants 4.0gr vs. 3.7 Clays for the M1911.

Two different "systems", two different requirements..........

ArchAngelCD
December 28, 2008, 03:29 AM
I load from 1.260" to 1.270" depending u[on what the bullet profile is. I don't see how some of the books recommend 1.200" but they do.

jjohnson
December 28, 2008, 12:31 PM
The answer sort of depends on your mag.

I usually set the length to equal that of the factory round I'm loading. If you're doing something beyond that, like loading a cast 255 SWC bullet intended for 45 Colt, for example, here's what you can do.

Some mags are exceptionally long - others rather short. If you load to industry standard length, you should be just fine. To see how long your mag might allow, take a factory round, put it in the mag, and push it down with your thumb so it's as deep in the mag as the 'second round' would be. Observe the space between the front of the mag and the front of the loaded round. That gap is how much room you have to play with, more or less.

Mind you, that's just an eyeball check and you still have to work with variables like having enough bullet in the casing to allow for a proper crimp, pressure generated, and all that.

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