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First load...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Inebriated, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    So I just got a press, and all the other goodies, and I'm going to be doing my first load tomorrow. I'll be doing .45 ACP with Alliant Power Pistol, CCI 300 primers, and Berry's 230gr RN plated bullets. I'm looking at Alliant's website for their load data, since they're using Power Pistol and CCI 300 primers, but they're using a 230gr FMJ, and they say to use 8.3 grains of powder. Now I know everyone says to start at about 5% of the published load, and go from there, but I want to know if I should treat plated bullets any differently? I was planning on going with 7.9 grains (5% reduction), but I just want to know what you guys would do?

  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I would start at the minimum load shown for a jacketed bullet.
  3. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    They only showed the one load for a 230grn jacketed bullet and PP powder.

    I am trying to find a loading manual, but I'd like to have the chance to look at one first... I can't find anything local, though.
  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    The loads on the Alliant site are Max charge weights. To get the starting charge weights you need to reduce the charge by 10%, not 5%. Like said above, with a plated bullet use the starting charge for a jacketed bullet which in this case is 7.5gr.

    Just to throw a wrench in things, Hornady's new manual lists a charge range of 5.5gr to 7.1gr PP under a 230gr FMJ bullet. Lyman #49 lists a range of 6.5gr to 7.3gr PP.
  5. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Thanks ArchAngel!

    So do you think it would be prudent to start at Hornady's 5.5, and go from there? It's only a plinking load, so as long as the slide will cycle, I'm ok.
  6. Magnum Shooter

    Magnum Shooter Well-Known Member

    Alliant lists 7.4g of PP for 230g gold dot HP as the max. Subtracting 10% gives a 6.6g starting load. This is really close to Lyman’s 6.5g starting load and 7.3g max. So according to 2 sources 6.5-6.6g is the starting point and where I would recommend for Berry‘s 230g plated.
  7. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Ok, that sounds good. Thanks guys, helped a lot!
  8. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    I wouldnt. In many cases a minimum load wont even cycle the slide of a semi-auto. I always start midway through the data and work my way up. I have no desire to waste time and components on loads that wont cycle the gun.

    OP I use 7.0gr of PP with a 230gr FMJ. Plenty of pop(like pp usually delivers) and mucho accurate.
  9. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    So I FINALLY got the stuff set up, and am beginning tonight.

    Using Handloads.com's recommendation for PP and a 230 grain bullet, I would use 7.2 gr.

    Starting at 10% below would be 6.5 gr. So right inline with everything else posted here.

    Now I'll probably do 10 or so rounds at 6.5 gr, and another 10 or so at 6.8 gr, then hit the range, and see if they'll cycle. It's my understanding that PP can produce some fairly high velocities, at rather low pressure, so hopefully, it'll be able to cycle the guns with reduced loads.

    I'm not looking for max velocity or anything like that, just something that will let me get to the range, and not make me have to wait for ammo to hit the shelves.
  10. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    I think you made a good decision. After shooting your 2 different test loads, you will have a good idea of where to go from there.
  11. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Actually, if it were me I wouldn't be using Power Pistol at all for the .45 Auto. That cartridge is a fairly low pressure round and PP is a medium slow burn powder more suited for the 9mm and 40 &W IMO. I use mostly W231/HP-38 for the 45 Auto.
  12. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    I have had terrific success with Power pistol and jacketed bullets in 45acp. When loaded to near max it burns very clean in all of my loadings and provides good velocity. Its not a download it to mouse fart load powder, no doubt, but it works just fine when loaded as intended.
  13. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    So I've got 6.3 grains under a 230 grain bullet right now, and I'll see how they do tomorrow. Kinda looking forward to it.

    One problem, though. Three of the 15 I did have the primer seated a little shallow. The other 12 will sit flat on a table, but these three won't.

    Are these safe to shoot as-is? I doubt it, but it's worth asking.
  14. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    You can shoot them and they will fire if the primers are seated enough to set them off instead of the firing pin energy being used to complete the seating.

    If they don't fire try a second time, they will usually fire the second time around.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2013
  15. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Oh, ok... good to know. Thanks!
  16. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    You should get in the habit of running your finger across the head of the round after priming to make sure you have no high primers. Makes it easy to correct then. That is if you prime off the press (no progressives)--I recommend it highly and have been doing it this way for years. I usually do all the case prep on large batches and prime in large batches also. Then charging and seating/crimping are fast and easy chore when ammo is needed. I will say with the shortage of primers I do not prime up 5K ahead now like I used to. I usually keep it to 200 or so ahead now till primers re appear.:(
  17. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    It's progressive. I'm trying to remember to get the ram ALL the way up.

    I've only got about 20 rounds loaded, to date, but I did notice the ones that had a forceful push at the end, had fully-seated primers. I think I was stopping once I heard the brass at the first stage get decapped.

    Everything is running good, otherwise. Pulled several random ones to check charge, and they were consistent. So I'll just have to be sure that I'm working the ram correctly.
  18. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    Yep, use starting loads. Also look at what Berry's says about reloading their plated bullets...
  19. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Well good news... the loads with 6.4 grains worked perfect in my Glocks and Sigs...

    Going to start working my way through all these bullets, now. Also going to be making sure I give the ram a solid push at the end, to seat the primers.

    Tomorrow, I start 9mm.
  20. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Good news part 2...

    200 rounds completed, spot checks and pulled bullets all show a consistent OAL, consistent primer seating depth, and consistent charge, with about .3gr variation, but I'm chalking that up to the scale I'm using, as well as some powder sticking to the case when I dump it... regardless, still under the max. If I were pushing max loads, I'd be more precise.

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