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Loading For A Para PXT (SSP) .45 cal 1911

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Ala Dan, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Loading For A Para PX 745E (SSP) .45 cal 1911

    Greeting's All-

    I had a fellow comment to me the other day that Para's new
    single stack, single-action 1911 PXT (SSP) was very hard to
    load for when using hard cast lead bullets; in particular the
    RN. If one were to use the Magnus 200 grain L-SWC bullets
    do you think that would correct his problems? Seems like he
    was saying that OAL was very critical in two Para LDA's, and
    the PX-745-E. As always thoughts, opinions, and comments
    are certainly welcomed.

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2004
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    PO says their guns have "ramped" barrels. If this means **integral** ramped barrels, this mutation to 1911 design gives a steep feed angle and makes the gun ammunition sensitive. The usual commercial cast bullet is blunter than FMJ and seats to a shorter OAL than hardball with a little bearing surface above the case mouth. I get 1.250" vs 1.265".

    I have heard of .45s that would feed better with SWC so it might be worth a try, but the usual Magma copy of H&G #68 loads to about 1.250" OAL, too.

    I am going to be working with two integral ramp Springfields in the coming days. My FLG has already improved one 9mm's feeding by contouring the integral ramp to a lower angle and will do that right away to the new one of that caliber. I'll testfire the .45 to see if it needs similar treatment.
  3. halvey

    halvey Participating Member

    Apr 28, 2004

    I just shake my head at the Para's sometimes...

    Now they won't take regular round nose? :confused:

    When I owned Para's, I used lots of 185 and 200 SWC's without a problem. Try those, they should work. I can't see why RN's wouldn't work though.
  4. zeke

    zeke Active Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    NW Wi
    Ala Dan- have no experience with those particular Para models, but do load for a P-14 Lmt. The chamber appears to be on the short side of dimension, with a fairly abrupt lead to the rifling and a tighter chamber. It is sensitive to loads that have full diam of bullet extending much beond the case mouth. Sensitive in the sense that lead loads with the full diam loaded much beond the case mouth, can present failure to fully lock up. same situation can happen with jacketed, although they the bullets can stick further out.

    Most 230 gn lrn i have seen , have a ledge where the full diam meets the base of the rounded portion of bullet.

    While some may push the listed COL for 45 acp (1.275 based on RN's ?), believe a OAL of 1.250-1.260 may be more appropriate, if everything else falls in place.

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