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*****45 acp reloads *****

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by goose2, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. goose2

    goose2 New Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    In Gods country
    I have a XD 45 ACP. I was wondering what the over all length of the loaded case everyone is reloading them to?

    Thanks in advance
  2. D. Manley

    D. Manley Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Southern US
    Depends on the bullet. Best policy, check your manual(s) for seating depth on the same or at least, a similarly designed bullet of the same weight. In other words, a 230 grain FMJ and a 230 grain plated RN can be seated similarly as could two similarly shaped 185 grain hollow points. As a rule-of-thumb, I seat most 230 grain RN bullets to +/- 1.260, most 230 grain JHP to +/- 1.230 and most 185 JHP to +/- 1.200.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    I seat most 200 Gr SWC's at 1.260 to 1.265, as I do 230 Gr RN. I seat the Berrys 200 Gr HP at 1.200. I seat the Berrys 185 Gr SWC at 1.190. I seat the 225 Gr X-Treme TrFP at 1.215. I seat the Zero 185 Gr JHP at 1.220 to 1.225. I seat the Zero 230 Gr JHP at 1.245. I seat the Rem GD 230 JHP at 1.230 as well as the 200 & 230 Gr XTP.

    Just depends. :)
  4. moooose102

    moooose102 Senior Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    West Michigan
    what i usually do is measure the oal of factory loaded rounds that resembles what i am loading, and use that measurement. unless i am trying to work up a special load for one reason or another. or have a problem with feeding. i seldom run into trouble doing this. if i was trying to get every last fps out of a round, i would start working the length outward until you have feed problems, back it up .020" and then start upping the powder 1/10th at a time until you get the highest velocity with safe pressures.
  5. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Senior Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Like Walkalong, I seat my H&G #68 style SWC to 1.260-65. My Springfield XD requires them this long. My SA M1911 prefers them 1.250-55. Also, the XD wants 4.0gr vs. 3.7 Clays for the M1911.

    Two different "systems", two different requirements..........
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    I load from 1.260" to 1.270" depending u[on what the bullet profile is. I don't see how some of the books recommend 1.200" but they do.
  7. jjohnson

    jjohnson Participating Member

    Oct 7, 2005
    Rochester, Minnesoviet
    Mag Length

    The answer sort of depends on your mag.

    I usually set the length to equal that of the factory round I'm loading. If you're doing something beyond that, like loading a cast 255 SWC bullet intended for 45 Colt, for example, here's what you can do.

    Some mags are exceptionally long - others rather short. If you load to industry standard length, you should be just fine. To see how long your mag might allow, take a factory round, put it in the mag, and push it down with your thumb so it's as deep in the mag as the 'second round' would be. Observe the space between the front of the mag and the front of the loaded round. That gap is how much room you have to play with, more or less.

    Mind you, that's just an eyeball check and you still have to work with variables like having enough bullet in the casing to allow for a proper crimp, pressure generated, and all that.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2008

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