Ranier 185gr FP Load for 45ACP


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johnmcl
July 10, 2011, 10:51 AM
Hi all,

I have rarely seen a line of reloading components so undocumented as that from Rainer. They publish information that we should follow lead bullet values, and I find that insufficient guidance. To that end I have developed a soft load for 45 ACP using the 185 gr Flat Point (FP) bullets. This ended up working out so well I wanted to share it with my friends here.

I discovered by accident that the FP bullets come to a 1.20 OAL when seated in my die previously set for 1.25 OAL for my 230 FMJ loads. The 1.20 was well within the range of acceptable lengths for this round and hence became the starting cartridge length.

The documentation for powder loads was all over the map for Bullseye powder. In fact, I had seen some ranges vary as much from 4.3 to 7.1 grains, respectively. With those ranges in mind, I selected 4.5 grains for a starting point.

The surprising element for me was the accuracy and very mild recoil for this load. I find equal accuracy and reliability through a couple of 1911s, a Glock 30, and a Glock 21. (The G30 liked it the best)

So in summary, and use at your own risk:

Bullet Rainier 185 grain Flat Point
Powder Load 4.5gr Bullseye
OAL 1.20
Brass Federal
Primer CCI Large Pistol

Happy Shooting,

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PO2Hammer
July 10, 2011, 12:20 PM
Nice.
When I saw the thread I figured you were looking for help, not offering it!
I use a similar load with the 200 plated FP.

ambidextrous1
July 10, 2011, 12:29 PM
Thanks, John,

I am currently using a bit hotter charge of Bullseye (4.7 grains) for the Berry's plated 185 grain hollow-base round nose (HBRN) bullet, with good results: good accuracy, mild recoil & flawless feeding.

I shoot a lot of plated bullets, and find that the load data for lead bullets is a good guide for the plated stuff. A bit of fine tuning produces the desired performance.

OldCyeKoe
December 13, 2011, 02:26 PM
Has anyone seen (used) a good load for the 185 Ranier FP, 45 ACP using Universal powder? The Hornady manual (which doesn't have data for Ranier, of course) recommended 6.4 as the max load. I ran it in my Glock 30 and they pretty much all stovepiped. Some didn't cycle the slide at all. Felt like a 22. One site recommended 7.2 of Universal (sounds really HOT)... but most sites say 6.4 or less. I'm confused.... ideas?? I have about 200 of the suckers to yank apart and re-do.

OldCyeKoe
December 13, 2011, 02:30 PM
Sorry - it was Hodgdon, not Hornady with the 6.4 max load. Hornady doesn't list a Universal load for 185 45 ACP.

Eazmo
December 13, 2011, 07:07 PM
running 7.5 gr unique under a berry's plated 185hbrn flawless feeding and cycles all my 1911 w/18lb springs

Walkalong
December 13, 2011, 07:39 PM
They used to publish real data.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=6195350&postcount=11

Shmackey
December 13, 2011, 08:17 PM
www.cakesniffer.org/stuff/boom/RanierData.pdf

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