.45 ACP load with 800X


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premier1
February 23, 2013, 11:14 AM
I've been reloading for .45 ACP for 30 years after a steady diet of Unique or Bulseye I started loading Winchester Super Field and I liked the results. I recently started trying IMR800X. I am loading 6.5 grains with Remington large pistol primers and a 230grain full metal jacket. Anyone with some advice on the powder and charge I'm using would be appreciated.

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mike.h
February 23, 2013, 12:01 PM
800-x was listed in Ken Waters' "Pet Loads".

(quote) Hi-Scor 800-X: I consider this the biggest find amongst all the powders tested. With an ES that was often as low as those of Bullseye and Red Dot, this medium-burner repeatedly delivered fine accuracy (second best average), smallest individual group and best accuracy with the 193 gr bullet. Additionally it showed one of the best velocity to pressure ratios. The favorite 7.0 grain load, although maximum with 230gr bullets, also performed splendidly with bullets as light as 185gr. (quote)

His recommended powder weights were 6.5, 6.8, and 7.0 for various 45acp bullets.

Hope this helps.

gab909
February 23, 2013, 12:13 PM
This is with Jacketed Boolits correct. I have a bit of 800X and a few lead boolits. the are the MBC 200 gr RNFP's. Don't get me wrong, I like my unique load, but wouldn't mind using some 800X and save the Unique for the 28 guage.

ReloaderFred
February 23, 2013, 12:14 PM
IMR 800X would probably be the most used powder in the world for handgun loading if it didn't meter like cornflakes. I've got 6 different powder measures, and none of them will meter it worth a darn. If you're willing to put up with the metering issue, it's a great powder.

Hope this helps.

Fred

Cycletroll
February 23, 2013, 12:34 PM
800x has a similar burn rate to Longshot, Power Pistol, and HS-6. Start on the low end of those loads and work up. I use 800x in .45 Super to .460 Rowland level loads in standard Winchester ACP brass (in a strong gun with fully supported chamber). Point is that 800x develops a lot of velocity with a nice progressive pressure curve in pistol cartridges. It is very forgiving in load workups. You will probably run into recoil problems long before you run into pressure problems :)

premier1
February 23, 2013, 01:18 PM
Thanks fellow reloaders. I also have been using it in my .38 Sec. with 125 grain Hornady XTP Hollow points. It also seems to have a mild recoil in all the calibers,and yes it does meter like corn flakes.

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