March 28, 2011, 11:15 PM
hi im new at this i was wondering if anyone would have some load data i am using berrys 200 fp and unique powder how many grains min and max that would be a safe load this is my first reload it is for a 1911 .45 any help would be great thanks

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March 28, 2011, 11:32 PM
Welcome to THR.

Sounds like you should purchase some manuals on reloading.
Also do a google search for the powder companies you wish to use.

What if I or anyone else gave you the info and did a typo and you had no idea whether it was even close or not and you blew up your gun or injured yourself.

You need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt what you are doing is safe.

March 28, 2011, 11:36 PM
A good load manual is the right idea because it not only supplies load data but the "how-to" on reloading correctly. Like said above, the powder companies supply load data for their powders including Alliant (

Steve C
March 28, 2011, 11:50 PM
You can find data using Alliant powders at If there is only one load listed then that load is the maximum load and you are expected to do the math and reduce it by 10% for your start load.

?Berry's recommends that the loads with their bullets be in between lead and jacketed bullet data for the same bullet weight. For a 200gr RN Berrys bullet I would start at 5.4 grs and work up to no more than 6.5grs of Unique only if I wanted a higher velocity load.

March 29, 2011, 04:24 PM
i have a couple of manuals that i have read but i havent been able to find any data on berrys flat point would there or could there be an issue if i used the data of a round nose with the same grain bullet thanks

March 29, 2011, 04:32 PM
No issue.

Just be aware that the RN OAL / seating depth shown in your data will be wrong for a FP bullet shape.

You will have to take the barrel out of your gun and use it for a guage to determin how deep you need to seat the FP bullet so the full dia bullet shank will miss hitting the rifling.

The 5.4 Start - 6.5 MAX Unique loads SteveC posted above are perfectly safe with 200 FP Berry bullets regardless of what seating depth you have to use with them.


March 29, 2011, 05:48 PM
Hey tilberg, Welcome to THR.

Check out this thread about finding the right overall length for your barrel.

Using an auto pistol barrel find a MAX O.A.L with your bullet. (

Hopefully that thread will be useful to you.



March 29, 2011, 08:25 PM
And watch the OAL to be sure the rounds will fit/feed in your mag as well.

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