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In quest of .45 Auto Rim brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Corner Pocket, May 22, 2010.

  1. Corner Pocket

    Corner Pocket Well-Known Member

    My new .45 revolver is somewhere on its way to me in the big brown truck, and I'm pumped, jacked up, and stoked! ;) I've reloaded several thousand rounds of .45 ACP in the past few years, but have never even (to my knowledge) seen any .45 Auto Rim brass. As a "just for kicks" exercise, I think I would enjoy reloading a few of them to see the difference between those and when using moon clips.

    If you have a few pieces of that brass that you might be willing to part with, please drop me a PM. Thanks! :D

    Corner Pocket
  2. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim Well-Known Member

    You mite try Dave's Gun Shop, ask for Slim, down in SE Bexar county for you needs. He mite have a couple extry!
    Last edited: May 22, 2010
  3. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    You can get a box of 100 at Midway for as little as 20 bucks. They are on back order now but shouldn't take too long to come in. See here:
    Both the Starline and the RP are perfectly good.
    You will like the .45 AR. Load it exactly the same way as ACP. Exactly. If you are looking for hot loads, however, it can be roll crimped.
  4. Corner Pocket

    Corner Pocket Well-Known Member

    Thanks, moxie, and thanks calaverasslim. I have been to that gun shop a number of times and have enjoyed each and every trip. I have found the proprietor to be extremely knowledgeable, very outgoing, willing to help beginners, and all around, he is one heckuva nice guy. I'll get back down that way before long and will stop in and have a look. Thanks again! :D

    Corner Pocket
  5. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim Well-Known Member

    MidwayUSA Starline $21 but out of stock, expected 10 June but Starline won't say when they are gonna run any. Just on back order.

    Remington, $27 but out of stock until 15 July.
  6. Iron Sight

    Iron Sight Well-Known Member

    Just a reminder.....For reloading,you do need different shell holders than for ACP.
  7. Doug b

    Doug b Well-Known Member

    I found the RP brass to thin to get more than 1 or 2 reloads out of.First load would be jacketed second load would be cast after that not enough case mouth tension to hold any bullet.Reach for the stars, starline that is.
  8. Corner Pocket

    Corner Pocket Well-Known Member

    I've given this some more thought... Actually, I may be better off to just keep loading .45 ACP like I've been doing, and learn how to become good friends with the moon clips. ;)

  9. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    For one pistol that uses moon clips, I'd stick with the ACP. I load both ACP and AR, just for a change now and again, and on the off-chance an Enfield MkVI crosses my path.
    Search on the web for Rim-Z moon clips, they really make your range time much more enjoyable.
  10. drgoose

    drgoose Member

    I recently bought a SW Nightguard in 45 ACP. I love the moon clips, you will be happy with them BUT BUY A LOADING AND UNLOADING TOOL. I bought the "moonclip tool" for about 30 dlls. I have bought way to many gadgets in my life and I can tell you that those are the best spent 30 dlls.

    Enjoy your revolver.
  11. oldgold

    oldgold Well-Known Member

    Posts on here from time to time usually in the For Sale section.
    He tried to sell me some a while back for my 625. You might PM him and ask if he's still got them.
  12. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Midway is showing both Starline and Remington as being in stock now. Starline is a bit cheaper.
    "...have found the proprietor..." He can order it for you.
    "...Enfield MkVI..." Both the .45 ACP and Auto-Rim use a different bullet diameter. Too small. .455 Webley uses a .454" bullet. Same as the .45 Colt.
  13. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    ""...Enfield MkVI..." Both the .45 ACP and Auto-Rim use a different bullet diameter. Too small. .455 Webley uses a .454" bullet. Same as the .45 Colt."

    True, but many MkVIs that have cylinders shaved for .45 ACP and AR shoot very well with the slightly smaller diameter bullets.
  14. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...many Mk VIs that have cylinders shaved for..." There is that. Bubba'd when .455 ammo wasn't available. Isn't the same thing though.
  15. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    I know, but I figured I'd probably get a cheap "shaved" shooter before I was able to find an expensive original. To date I haven't gotten either!
  16. jjohnson

    jjohnson Well-Known Member

    Look at www.gunbroker.com

    I see 45AR every great now and then at gunbroker.

    I have a handful of .45ACP revolvers, and have to say (having loaded AR also) it's a hoot to have the full moon clips. Dang handy to have one in your pocket when you're in the field. Have it your way, though. Half of the fun of reloading is being able to make stuff the way you like it. ;)

    Oh - and to JOHHNYC - Yeah, those .455s..... I have a 1917 Colt with the Brit "Broad Arrow" proof marked .455 Eley, and it must have been fixed by Bubba - it now shoots .45 Colt - and does it well when I load it with .454" bullets.

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