reducing bullet weight with a file........


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wditto
October 13, 2011, 05:15 PM
just wondering, just a theory........what will happen if I take a standard 255 gr .45 Colt round and file off about 50 or so grs. from the point of the bullet ?
my goal is to reduce recoil, but will something else weird happen?
I understand the loss in accuracy, but that doesn't matter.....

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Friendly, Don't Fire!
October 13, 2011, 05:20 PM
If the bullet is a jacketed bullet, you must be sure you do not change the percentage of jacket in relation to the lead core, as it is spelled out by the ATF concerning what is "legal" and what is not legal in terms of weight ratio of jacket with respect to the lead core!

rcmodel
October 13, 2011, 05:36 PM
A standard 255 gr .45 Colt round has recoil? :confused:

Actually nothing would happen, except you will clog up a perfectly good file with lead shavings you can't get out.
And the gun will shoot low.

I doubt you will notice enough difference in recoil to make it worth the work.
About 5 1/2 ft/lb as opposed to 7 ft/lbs free recoil.

If you want light recoil, buy Cowboy Action loads.
They are so slow they will bounce back at you off a wood backstop.

rc

Hondo 60
October 13, 2011, 05:38 PM
Why not just buy 200 gr bullets?

http://www.missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=60&category=5&secondary=14&keywords=

gamestalker
October 13, 2011, 07:39 PM
Friendly Don't Fire, what is the deal with BATF and lead core to jacket percentage? I've never heard about any such thing? If there is some percentage that must be maintained, why is a solid copper projectiles, or a solid lead projectile legal?

The only legal issue I've ever heard about regarding bullets, is armor piercing projectiles.

gamestalker
October 13, 2011, 07:46 PM
I almost forgot about the OP. I'm sure you could do that, but you must be aware that changing the characteristics and weight of the bullet is going to have a major effect on how it performs, in every aspect. You could wind up with a core blowing straight out of the jacket, tumbling bullets, and if you don't address the powder charge in relation to the bullet weight, you'll have some serious issues there as well.

I knew a guy years ago that actually added some weight to a factory 9mm round and blew his gun up. He filled in the hollow point with lead of course which changed the weight by quite a lot, enough to bring the pressures up significantly.

rcmodel
October 13, 2011, 07:48 PM
It's about the old "Cop Killer" armor piercing handgun bullets.

It has nothing at all to do will filing the nose off a jacketed lead bullet.
Or a pure lead bullet in this case.

Since he ask about a "standard 255 grain" .45 Colt load?
I would assume he was asking about soft lead bullets anyway.

rc

Seedtick
October 13, 2011, 09:44 PM
Reducing recoil?

This sounds like a job for....
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IMR Trailboss. (http://www.imrpowder.com/trailboss.html)

:cool:

Maybe?

Seedtick

:)

USSR
October 13, 2011, 10:07 PM
Any 255gr .45 Colt bullet ahead of 6.0gr of a fast handgun powder such as red dot, solo 1000 or bullseye, is going to recoil very little. My 13 year old daughter handles it with ease.

Don

kk0g
October 13, 2011, 10:31 PM
If the bullet is a jacketed bullet, you must be sure you do not change the percentage of jacket in relation to the lead core, as it is spelled out by the ATF concerning what is "legal" and what is not legal in terms of weight ratio of jacket with respect to the lead core!

Huh?:confused:

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