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bullet recommendation

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by remmag, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. remmag

    remmag New Member

    hey there
    i am going to order a box of bullets from missouri bullet co for 45 apc
    i started loding recently and used led rnfp bullets, i had to use a load with 1.190 coal to work good in my chamber
    will the lswc bullets allow me a little longer coal and will they feed good in an automatic
    also i want to load from the minimum load to the max load to find out which load shoots the best and then stick with that
    what brinnel # would you guys suggest
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  2. bds

    bds Active Member

    Brad has both RNFP and SWC in 200 grain 45 ACP - maybe you can get both to try out which feeds better in your pistol.
  3. remmag

    remmag New Member

    i was hoping someone that has used both would have some feed back, or possibly brad would give his thoughts
  4. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    12 BHN

    The 200 Gr SWC is a very popular target bullet in .45.
  5. remmag

    remmag New Member

  6. MissouriBullet

    MissouriBullet New Member

    Walkalong is correct on the hardness. A SWC would require a longer OAL, typically 1.250 or 1.260. If you are uncertain as to whether your gun will feed SWC's, the IDP #4 will do so with dead-bang certainty at the expense, perhaps, of slightly reduced accuracy and sloppy holes in the target versus the crisp holes a SWC leaves.

  7. billybob44

    billybob44 Member

    Walkalong, I know better than to ask for load data for this bullet, but could you tell me the approx. speed that you drive these (fps) at, for target use?? I shoot a stock Colt Series 80/MK-4 Govt. Model. Thanks in advance..Bill.
  8. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I have no idea what true target shooters run them at. I had no chrono at the time, but I used to shoot em with 5.0 Grs of W-231, and looking in the Speer #13 manual just now, that should be around 800 FPS.
  9. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Active Member

    I like running MB's 185 SWC with "about" 8gr of AA#5 for a warmer load, per the AA website, the low 900fps range. If I want something softer, I'll go with "about" 5.5gr Universal. That drops velocity down in the 750s, per the Hodgdon website.

    Both websites give data for 200gr bullets.

    The IDPA#4 is a good bullet. I've loaded it and used it in my Rock Island COmpact. It doesn't punch quite as clean of a hole as a SWC, but it's a better hole than a plain RN. I guess the flat point has something to do with it?

  10. Remo-99

    Remo-99 New Member

    200gr LSWC's are great for making neat holes on paper targets, some folks have a little trouble with them feeding reliably.
    230gr LRN's in the profile of FMJ harball will feed in most 1911's for those who just like to shoot at empty soda cans.
    plusone, you don't really need or want superhard lead bullets at 45acp velocities/pressures.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2010
  11. billybob44

    billybob44 Member

    Thanks WalkAlong. That's what I have been loading some other 200gr. SWC at. 231/HP-38 has been good to me in my .38 HBWC's also, although it's hard to beat Bullseye in those loads. Thanks again..
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  12. remmag

    remmag New Member

    i went ahead and ordered the semi wad cutters last night so we will find out

    do you guys have any suggestions with unique powder

  13. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Active Member

    With a 200gr SWC bullet I would start with a charge of 5.0gr Unique and work up to 5.5gr if you feel it necessary. For target ammo I'm betting you will be very happy with the 5.0gr charge.
  14. remmag

    remmag New Member

    thanks alot

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