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Recipe for Nosler 185Gn JHP

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by joevilla71, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. joevilla71

    joevilla71 New Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Hello to all,

    I asked this question in the competition section, but got no answers.

    Can someone help me with a recipe for Nosler 185 grain JHP bullets??

    The powder I have on hand is W231 and I want the loads for IPSC / USPSA. I want to make major using a standard 5" 1911. I've usually loaded 5.1 to 5.2 grains of W231 to a 230 Grain Round Nose or Semi Wad Cutter Jacketed bullet, but my book says I should start at 6.6 grains with the 185 Grain JHP ... why so high if the recommendation for 230 Grain Round nose starts at 5.0???

  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    Powder charges are typically heavier with lighter bullets in the same caliber. Follow your books guidelines.

    This is from Hodgdon's online data. It's top charge of 5.9 is at 15,800 CUP where the max for .45 is 19,900. Winchester data on the Hodgdon site is pretty tame.

    Speers manual goes higher than that. That is one of the problems for reloaders, conflicting data. I would follow your books guidelines. Just start low and work up. Check results with a chrono so you will know where you are at since you need to make Major. This is not hard to do safely with W231 .:)

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