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February 10, 2009, 12:52 PM
With a bullet that heavy in 45 ACP, I'd certainly use a powder with a slower burning rate than WW 231.
I loaded some like that for my one and only try at bowling pins. I used a charge of alliant blu-dot powder. I don't remember the grain weight, but I DO remember the kick! While the big flat nose knocked the pins clear off the table, the recovery time from the recoil was so long that I couldn't shoot fast enough. Also to achive any kind of velocity, I would certainly get a heavier spring for that pistol.
February 10, 2009, 02:02 PM
I have shot 200 Gr Ranier TrFP plated bullets in .45 ACP with up to 5.5 Grs of W-231 and they were pleasant enough to shoot. Not low recoil mind you, but no worse than the 225 and 230 Gr stuff. That 4.9 Grs should work great. I would work up carefully if you go any higher. I used to use a Hornady pistol measure and one of the bushings dropped 4.9 and another dropped 5.5 Grs of W-231. I used those two charges a lot in my .45 ACP shooting with various 200 to 230 Gr lead and the 250 plated for years until I broke down and bought a Redding 10X measure.
February 10, 2009, 02:46 PM
Good to know, I am just looking for some cheap fun, no more, as I said could not beat the price. So for a little powder and primer cost, its a great way to relax on a hot summer day.