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.45 ACP reloading recipes/powder suggestions

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bjs1187, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. bjs1187

    bjs1187 Well-Known Member

    Hello, I am new to reloading (fired my first handloads a 3 days ago:)) and am currently focusing on my 1911 for my first reloading venture. I bought a used kit from a guy and had a little powder and some primers that I was able to use to get started. That supply is about up, and I am getting ready to buy more powder and primers (I'm pouring my own 200 grain SWC bullets). The stuff I got was Unique powder and Winchester LP primers, which performed alright enough for my first time out of the gate (used only 5.4 grains of powder). I was curious if this is a fruitful road to go down, or if I should give something else a shot, and if so what would you suggest. The purpose of my reloading venture is to eventually work up loads that are good for competition (I don't compete, but would like to start at some point, but am having a hard time finding anything going on in NE Ohio). Your thoughts, experience, and recipes would be much appreciated.

  2. BossHogg

    BossHogg Well-Known Member

    You should be good with what your using. I use Bullseye and H. Universal powders with winchester primers. I think Unique is very close to H. Universal.

    I use Bullseye for light practice rounds and Universal for hotter loads.

    Welcome aboard and have fun at the range.
  3. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    The neat thing about the .45ACP is you can use virtually any suitable powder and almost always get good results.

    I load for IDPA power factor and have found powders that need between 4.5 and 5.5 grains to get 850 - 875 FPS with a 200 cast work best.
  4. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    I have found that WST to be the best powder for using in my 45. I have worked up to 5.1 gr of WST 200gr Berry's FP with a OAL of 1.225". WST is a high loft ball powder so it meters very well. Where Unique being a flake powder does not is some dispensers.
  5. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    I like 4grs of Bullseye under the 200 SWC.
  6. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Welcome to THR and reloading!

    Although Unique is popular, many like Bullseye (4.6-5.0 gr for 200 gr SWC).

    My favorite target load is 200 gr SWC with 5.0-5.5 gr of W231/HP-38. Very accurate load.

    My favorite plinking load is 200 gr SWC with 4.0 gr of Promo/Red Dot. Accurate mild recoil load.
  7. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    I have tried W231, Titegroup, HS-6, Bullseye and WST with my own cast 200 grain SWC. I like WST best.
  8. Hagen442

    Hagen442 Well-Known Member

    45ACP Powders
    I have used several over the years,but have been Loading AS for last few years.
    The Black Sub is a New Adventure in a Colt 1911 .
    Both Powders are Topped with a 180 Gr SWC.( My preferred 45 ACP Bullet for Bottom Feeders)
    Smokeless - American Select
    Black - American Pioneer FFF

    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011
  9. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    Welcome to The Forum.
    you're good with what you have, but BullsEye or Red Dot (cleaner and more 'bulk') are better w/a 200gr cast SWC. just IMO. makes power factor too.
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    As EddieNFL posted, the .45 ACP with lead 200 Gr SWC's is very forgiving in regards to powders. Many work well.

    AA #2, AA #5, WST, W231, WSF, Zip, Competition, N310, N320, N340, Bullseye, American Select, & Unique can all give suitable service. We all have our favorites of course. Use the faster powders for light target loads and the medium powders for stouter stuff.

    918v's suggestion of 4.0 Grs of Bullseye under a 200 Gr SWC is one that shoots well in my guns, among other loads.

    I have more than suitable light target loads with all of the fast powders I listed.

    Some folks who have used nothing but Unique for years upon years, so you could do a whole lot worse.
  11. birddog2

    birddog2 Well-Known Member

    I use Rainier 185 jhp(cheap) and 6.6 gr Unique with OAL 1.2 Great load with very little crimp. All my 45's like it. Happy hunting!
  12. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    Ben -
    Welcome aboard !

    You're going to enjoy reloading.

  13. Miata Mike

    Miata Mike Well-Known Member

    I have been very happy with WST with 200 grain LSWC. It is in my go to plinking load.
  14. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    WST is fantastic if you can find it. I'd need to check, but I don't think I go as high as the 5.1 grains mentioned above. I think it's 4.something for me.
  15. bjs1187

    bjs1187 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice. You are all very generous.

  16. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    As was mentioned above, it's hard to find a listed powder that doesn't shoot well in the .45 ACP. I like Trail Boss. It's very clean, accurate, and meters well.
  17. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    There are so many good powders for the .45 auto and none listed in this thread are a bad choice. I'm a big fan of W231 for target loads using 200gr and 230gr lead bullets.

    For more "aggressive" loads I like HS-6 and AA#5.
  18. REL1203

    REL1203 Well-Known Member

    Bullseye, W231, WST all work GREAT for me in 45ACP, Universal is my Go-To powder, but never really had much luck with it in 45ACP
  19. Overkilll0084

    Overkilll0084 Well-Known Member

    I've used Bullseye, Unique & AA#5 in various loads. All worked well. Maybe it's just me, but I think nearly any appropriate powder will give you good results.
    My most common load these days is 4.6 gr of Bullseye w/ a 230 gr MBC Softball.
  20. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    6.0gr of Unique w/ any lead bullet from 200-230gr works fine.

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