I was wondering what how much powder and your OAL for the 185 gr XTP in your 45 ACP. with Win 231
-This will be a "Carry" Round, so it needs a little UMPF ;)
I got 1000 of these with my press so looks like i have some work to do.
Also do you factory crimp yours?
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September 4, 2011, 02:42 PM
What does your manual say? If you used the Hornady manual you already know you are below the minimum starting load by 10%.
September 4, 2011, 02:44 PM
Cartridge: 45 ACP
Load Type: Pistol
Starting Loads - 5.0 gr
Maximum Loads - 5.9 gr
i just wanted to know what others find to be a good load with this bullet and powder combo
September 4, 2011, 04:40 PM
I don't think 5.4 gr of W231 will cause a squib in any barrel. Probably more like no powder and primer ignition only.
I don't load that bullet, but used W231/HP-38 for 185 gr Remington Golden Saber JHP and Berry's HBRN with good results for target shooting.
Lyman #49 lists 4.4-6.1 gr for Hornady 185 gr JHP/XTP at 1.175" OAL and Hodgdon load data lists 5.0-5.9 gr for Hornady 185 gr JSWC at 1.135" OAL.
For full power SD/HD loads, I have been using WSF.
I normally taper crimp jacketed .451" diameter bullets to .470". I don't use FCD.
September 4, 2011, 05:30 PM
Whatever caused the squib for sure wasn't the powder charge or the OAL.
I'd say you forgot to put the powder in it!
Might want to review your charging & checking methods
September 4, 2011, 05:36 PM
Hornady's recipe for its 185JHP using W231 is a starting load of 5.9 to a max of 7.2. OAL is 1.230. I've used 6.4 in my 5'' government with good results.
jcerillo70...are you using Hodgdon's recipe for a 185gr JSWC instead of a recipe for a 185 XTP? While it is true one can use similar recipes for similar bullets, the profile of the XTP as compared to the JSWC makes for a big difference in OAL.
I too doubt that even tho your load was light, that seating your bullet almost .1 deeper than called for should have raised pressure enough that a squib was not caused by the light charge. I would suspect a case with no powder. How did the other rounds shoot?
September 4, 2011, 06:32 PM
^^ yep what buck460 said, I have (from Hornady) for the 185grn XTP 5.9 start-7.2 max c.o.l. 1.230. Speer gives a similiar weight for their 185 Gold dot (6.6-7.4)
September 5, 2011, 03:07 AM
starting load of 5.9 to a max of 7.2. OAL is 1.230. I've used 6.4 in my 5'' government with good results