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Red Dot in the 45 ACP?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by steve4102, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    I just read through all your posts and comments on Bullseye vs Red Dot as far as burn rates goes and it got me to thinkin.

    I load a lot of 12 ga Target loads with Red Dot so I have a ton of it. Well maybe not a ton, but some.
    My go-to powders for my 45's are WST for target and Silhouette for SD and Max velocity. It never occurred to me to use Red Dot in my 45, why is that? Duno, but I would like to hear what you guys have to say about Red Dot in the 45, good, bad, etc.

  2. jim147

    jim147 Well-Known Member

    Reddot is my goto powder for target .45 and .38 loads.

  3. George44

    George44 Active Member

    I use 4.2 grains of Red Dot with a 200 grain SWC this is a light and accurate load which functions my 1991a1 Colt and my new Remington R1.45 auto very well.
  4. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    If you like WST for target loads, you definitely should try Red Dot.

    I use 4.0 gr of Promo (which according to Alliant has the same burn rate as Red Dot) with 200 gr SWC and it is a very accurate target load.

    I use 12 BHN Missouri 200 gr SWC (Bullseye #1) and it is a mild recoil target load for my Sig 1911.
  5. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    That is my target bullet as well.
  6. mbopp

    mbopp Well-Known Member

    Nuttin' wrong with Red Dot in the 45. I doubt it'll be as clean as WST though.
  7. Ranger30-06

    Ranger30-06 Well-Known Member

    I used to use Red Dot all the time. With a 185gr bullet, I used a 5gr charge for a target load, and a 6gr (.1gr under max so use your head and double check what I'm writing!) for heavy duty slammer work. Talk about some serious fire show out the end of the barrel with that one!
  8. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I use Red Dot for about everything. It sure works for me.
  9. ralph2

    ralph2 Well-Known Member

    I have used red dot in my 45acp. With a 230gr lead I used 4.0gr and with a 185JHP I used 5.0. I had good results but now use AA #2 because I have 5 lbs of it and it meters best of any powder I have used
  10. TonyT

    TonyT Well-Known Member

    For may years I used 3.8 gr. HS-700X behimd the 185 gr. LSWC for ca 720 fps with excellent accuracy and very soft recoil. I would imagine that a similar or slightly lesser charge of Red Dt would provide similar results.
  11. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    4.0 and 230 ball makes a very accurate, reliable load for me. I like it in 9mm and .40 also.
  12. CSA 357

    CSA 357 Well-Known Member

    i have loaded alot of 45 acp with red dot good powder for other stuff too
  13. thagunman

    thagunman Active Member

    i use rd in 230gr. plated but for 200gr lead rnfp i found titegroup to work best for me.
  14. exbrit49

    exbrit49 Well-Known Member

    I have used 4.6G of red dot behind a 230 LRN for over 25 years and its a great plinking round, it works well in my Autos as well as my Ruger BH.
    In the Ruger Auto they chrono right at about 850 fps and about 880 in the Blackhawk. Nice consistant results.
    Red dot is a dirty powder but its never been a problem as all my guns get a good cleaning after every trip to the range.
    I use the same load behind a 158G LSWC in my 38 Special, another nice round.
  15. firebalxxx

    firebalxxx New Member

    iv used 4.0 gns red dot w/ 230 gn lrn,in 1000's of rnds on 45acp, its my go to powder,,i also use 13 gns red dot for my 175 lrn cast 8mm,for 100 yard shooting, you cant get a more accurate load @ 100 yds,good luck
  16. JLDickmon

    JLDickmon Well-Known Member

    I use VV N320 in mine, but that's just me..

    no, I take that back.. I use some Blue Dot ("Flaming dirt") as well
  17. loose noose

    loose noose Well-Known Member

    I use Red Dot mostly in my 9mm and had great results in my 92FS, also used it in my Colt Gold Cup Ntl Match with excellent results also, not to mention in my 9mm Hi Point Carbine. It shoots really well in all applications and I haven't found it to be too dirty in any of my firearms, but I clean them after every day on the range.

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