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45 ACP Loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by stodd, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. stodd

    stodd Well-Known Member

    Hello All,

    Well I got some Rocky Mountain 230 Gr RN bullets in for 45 ACP. So I loaded up a few rounds with the only powder I have available to me at the moment, which is Unique.

    I tried a few different loads...

    5.0 grains - FPS` 723, 700 and 771

    5.2 grains - FPS` 751, 763 and 773

    Do these seem correct to you guys?

    Hornady manual states that 800 FPS is a good target load for 45 ACP. So i'm thinking of bumping up to 5.3/5.4.
  2. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    I don'y use a lot of Unique anymore, but when I do I load 6gr with 230gr bullets.
  3. Lerk

    Lerk Well-Known Member

    Yes those sound correct. I have a nice load at 5.6gr of Unique behind a 230gr plated bullet in my 1911.
  4. raddiver

    raddiver Well-Known Member

    Looks pretty close to me. I normally use 4.2 to 4.5 of bullseye for my 45 loads.
    The few hundred that i have done with unique i was using 5.5 with zero 230gr RN (according to my log database)
  5. Ex

    Ex Well-Known Member

    What powder are you using now? :Unique used to be my "universal" powder. Now I use almost nothing but LongShot.
  6. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    For range work and general shooting fun I use WST. For high performance, high velocity loads I use Silhouette.
  7. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    That's a nice load.

    Doesn't need to go faster for target shooting. As long as it cycles the gun and hits the target it's a good load. Anything more is just wasting powder on extra recoil and noise!

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