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H&G 68 (200gr SWC) Question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by alumltd, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. alumltd

    alumltd New Member

    May 15, 2005
    :scrutiny: Does anyone have data on this 45ACP bullet after its conversion to a hollowpoint as far as stopping power & expansion when powered by a 5 grain Bullseye charge thru a 5" barrel.

    What would be the preferred method to self manufacture the hollowpoint cavity?
    What would be the nominal depth & diameter of the cavity?
    What would be the remaining bullet weight after "cavitizing"?:D
  2. fecmech

    fecmech Active Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    Buffalo NY
    Most 68's are cast from wheel wt metal or harder alloys. Your load of 5 grs of BE will push that bullet approx 900 fps. Expansion will be nill at that speed. If you want expansion with the .45 go with some of the proven commercial performers such as Gold Dots or XTP's and push them as fast as you safely can.
  3. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 20, 2002
    North Texas
    I believe this project is an exercise in futility

    The H&G #68 bullet is a great design by virtue of two main factors.

    1. It is inherently accurate with an assortment of powder charges.
    2. It is a (semi)wadcutter bullet that will feed reliably in a 1911 pistol --often with unaltered barrel -- by because of the bullet profile. The edges of the meplat and the shoulder are tangential with the profile of the standard 230 gr. round nose bullet. During feeding, these two points touch the barrel feedway and the top of the chamber in a manner similar to the RN bullet.

    Because of #2, the meplat width and nose length are part and parcel of the bullet. The narrow meplat does not allow for a hollow point of any significant diameter. If it was made large enough to promote any expansion at all, even with a dead-soft bullet, the nose would deform during feeding and collapse, bullet, the nose would deform during feeding and collapse, most probably creating regular malfunctions.

    It is possible to do what you propose, but it would take a different bullet. The difference in weight between original and modified form would depend on the width and depth of the hollow point.

    There used to be an accessory called, I think, the Georg Hollow Pointer. It was a thingy to hold the loaded cartridge and allow a special drill bit to be centered in the bullet. I’m vague on this because I never used one. It was mildly popular decades ago, before well designed HP bullets were readily available. I think the advice to purchase proper JHP bullets is sound.

  4. jfh

    jfh Senior Member

    Aug 28, 2003
    Maple Plain, MN
    Well said, Johnny--you nailed the virtues of the H&G 68 perfectly.

    Jim H.

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