Need help with a recipe - newbie


January 31, 2010, 12:36 PM
I just ordered my reloading bench and finally found some components in stock. I want to start reloading .45acp and this is what my components will consist of:

Federal American Eagle Brass
Winchester LP Primer
Alliant Bullseye Powder
Rainer 230grn plated RN bullets

I found 5 different recipes that include the bullet (or similar), but only 3 include my powder, but none of them include Winchester primers.

Is it safe to use CCI data? Or can someone provide me with a link that will give me the info I'm looking for. Or does it even matter?

It took forever to finally accumulate the components since nothing is ever in stock, but finding an exact recipe if proving extremely difficult.

I was planning on using 4.0grns of Bullseye to start with, which I believe should be on the low end of most of the recipes I've seen.

Source data is from Lymans, Rainer, Alliant, Hodgdon (2 sources but doesn't reflect Bullseye).

Any advice would be helpful.

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January 31, 2010, 02:11 PM
4.0 grains Bullseye will be perfectly safe if they will cycle your gun.

We were just discussing GI mil-spec 230 grain .45 loads in another thread.
If you want the real deal go 4.6 - 4.7 grains Bullseye..


January 31, 2010, 02:22 PM
On their website, Rainier says to use lead bullet data, or jacketed bullet data reduced by 10%.

The Hornady #6 manual lists Bullseye with their 230gr swaged lead bullet, COL = 1.245", with a minimum of 4.5gr and a maximum of 5.7gr.

Therefore, I feel comfortable recommending you begin loading your Rainier 230gr plated round-nose bullets with a starting load of 4.5gr of Bullseye, and a COL of 1.245" or greater, with your Winchester LP primers. From that starting point, I'd work up my loads in 0.2gr increments if I wanted/needed more velocity or more reliable functioning (always staying under the 5.7gr maximum).

Usually if you're substituting "like-for-like" with primers (one brand of LP for another brand's), you should start at the minimum recommended load and work up. In this case, you're starting at the minimum anyway! I believe Winchester still recommends their LP primers for both standard and magnum loads, which indicates to me that they are somewhere in between. Starting at the minimum and working up slowly should compensate for any "hotter than standard" primer. Also remember, there's rarely anything to be gained in terms of accuracy by loading at the maximum.

February 1, 2010, 05:25 PM
Thanks guys

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