.45ACP Semi Wadcutters


April 27, 2012, 03:43 PM
I never knew there was such a thing as a wadcutter or semi wadcutter for 45acp. Has anyone ever used a .45 w/c or semi w/c. I load them for my .38spl revolver and they are dead on accurate.

Berry's has SWC's in .45 and they are plated


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April 27, 2012, 03:46 PM
oh yes, Semi-wadcutters for .45 ACP are great, and are commonly used for alls sorts of target shooting.

A 185 or 200 gr SWC with 4.0 grains of bullseye is a pretty standard soft shooting load.

April 27, 2012, 03:48 PM
Has anyone ever used a .45 w/c or semi w/c. I have used about two truck loads of SWC starting in 5th Army AMU pistol teams back in the late 60's.

I have continued to cast & load them ever since.

.45 Auto Mid-Range match SWC has been around in the NRA Bullseye scene for way longer then that.

Never heard of a .45 ACP WC though.
It would be real hard to get a full WC to feed in a .1911.

Full WC can be used in .45 ACP, .45 AR and .45 Colt revolvers though.


April 27, 2012, 03:54 PM
A berry's plated 200 grain over 4.4 grains of WST has proven to be a tack driver out of multiple 1911's among myself and friends at the range.

April 27, 2012, 03:55 PM
I found some full WC plugged into 45acp brass at my local shooting spot this weekend.

Given that they were dropped all over the place and left there, I'm assuming RC is correct.

I hope the SWC's feed real good in 45...I just ordered 500 of them to try in 45 ! Expect the incoming message when they do, RC !

April 27, 2012, 04:06 PM
Perfect timing! Just got a few hundred of these too. I know I have shot SWC jacketed in my autos before but could not recall shoot Berrys plated through it. Glad to hear so many others like them.

April 27, 2012, 04:14 PM
I cast and shoot a ton of them. No feeding issues in my USP.

April 27, 2012, 04:15 PM
I'm about a half truck load behind RC, starting in the mid-70s. I have 1911s that have not fired anything but. Good thing I didn't know 1911s would feed only FMJs or I may have never tried SWCs.

evan price
April 27, 2012, 04:32 PM
Heck, I use them in 9mm too.
Lee 105-SWC sized to .3565 over 4.8 grains of Promo.

April 27, 2012, 05:05 PM
I use full wad cutters in my 45 ACP. I cast them from a SAECO 453 mold and load them for both of my ACP revolvers.

rcmodel commented about a full WC,

Never heard of a .45 ACP WC though.
It would be real hard to get a full WC to feed in a .1911.

I have no knowledge of how they would work in a self loader as I have no use for them.

I do know that the fellows I shot with all used either the 185 or 200 grain SWC and once they worked out a load their pistol liked, they were pretty good with them.

April 27, 2012, 05:08 PM
I have also shot thousands of 200 gr LSWC's back in my bullsye days and they are extremly accurate in any 1911 I've used them. One big advantage of these SWC's is that they punch a nice round hole in the paper target whereas round nose bullets, either lead or jacketed, tends to tear up the targets. This makes it difficult to score the target especially if the shot is near or on a target ring. Some older GI 1911A1's did have difficulty handling SWC's unless the fed ramp was altered slightly and polished. However I haven't seen this feeding problem in years. Enjoy them! :)

April 27, 2012, 05:38 PM
I like the 200 grain plated SWC's from Berry's and Rainier and the Hornady jacketed SWC in .45 acp. Best reliability with HK USP's and the HK45, awesome accuracy up to 50 yards. The swaged Hornady LSWC works very well in 1911s.

They will not function well in a Glock 30. The Glock 21 is a bit iffy also with SWC's. Sig P220 was hit and miss feeding them.

April 27, 2012, 07:16 PM
Heavens yes! I cast and load the Lyman 452460, which is a superb 200gr SWC.


April 27, 2012, 08:48 PM
I use them in IDPA and USPSA. In my 1911's 200gr rainier plated SWC over 8.1gr A#5

Hondo 60
April 27, 2012, 09:07 PM
I've used Berry's 200 gr SWCs in my 1911 & 45 Colt.
Both worked flawlessly.

April 27, 2012, 09:17 PM
There are any number of bullet casters making a 200gr SWC, more or less based on the H&G #68 design.

April 27, 2012, 11:26 PM
185 gr. SWC over 4.0 gr. of WW231 is the only diet my Colt Gold Cup has. I've never had any issues with them feeding, and they're as accurate as I could hope for.

April 28, 2012, 12:15 AM
I found about 200 rounds recently that I had loaded up years ago...185 gr. SWC commercial cast over 4.1 gr. Bullseye (IIRC). I had some FTFeed with them a few weeks ago...went back and seated a little deeper and then ran them through a Lee Factory Crimp die I recently acquired. They ran without a hitch today in my Sig P220...grouped into about 2" and shot to point of aim at 25 yds. That's about all I can expect out of my eyes:-) I'll have to give the Berry's a try.

Ky Larry
April 28, 2012, 06:02 PM
I bought about 5,000 200gr LSWC's from a gunshop that was going out of business. I Alox them and have no leading problem. I've shot about 4,000 of them thru my Kimber Custom Defender II without a hiccup.

Jim Watson
April 28, 2012, 06:08 PM
I had poor results from Rainier plated SWCs in guns set up for cast copies of H&G #68.
I am at present checking out Berry's in FP and TC, I will try some of their SWCs in my next order.

April 28, 2012, 07:43 PM
Loaded my first batch of Berry's 200 gr plated swc for 1911 .45. After all the measurements and checking I shot my first 10 rounds today. Wow, consistancy and accuracy. I really like this load. No failures of any king, but will shoot 50 tomorrow and find out more. Thanks to all the High Road posts in helping me get this done.

April 28, 2012, 07:45 PM
LSWC have been used in 45 ACP by bullseye pistol shooters for at least 57 years (that's as far as I go back). I have not been able to obtain the same level of accuracy for bullseye pistol purposes with the plated SWC of either Berry's or Rainier. They are however the most accurate of the plated bullets.

April 30, 2012, 05:52 PM
I've gone through about 30,000 (that I can account for) 200gr LSWCs out of various .45s that I've owned. They've run without a hitch. I'm using the ones from Missouri Bullet Company now and have had no leading issues. I've never run the plated bullets. They cost more and I've never had a need for them.

My favorite powders for this bullet have been WW231 and AA #2.

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