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Old September 13, 2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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What is your Favorite .45 cal bullet for accuracy?

I have only reloaded .45 ACP with Winchester 230 grain FMJ RN so far. Ready to buy more, and different bullets. What is everyone's fav bullet for ACCURACY? Include your entire load, powder, oal if so inclined.

With my Winchester bullets, I loaded the first half with Unique, the last of them with a new bottle of Alliant BE-86. All out of those Winchesters now, and need more!

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Old September 13, 2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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Out to 15 yds, with any of my guns; These are light target loads, and, If can hold steady, they group inside 2 to 3 inches, depending on what gun I am shooting. The 16# spring works fine in the 1911s and a 14# in a XDM 4.5
200 gr lswc
3.5 grs BE
1.25 oal
.470 at the case mouth
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Old September 13, 2014, 06:59 PM   #3
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A good cast 200 Gr SWC is hard to beat.
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Old September 13, 2014, 07:04 PM   #4
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A good cast 200 Gr SWC is hard to beat.
+1.

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Old September 13, 2014, 08:45 PM   #5
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+2 with a moderate amount of BE.
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Old September 13, 2014, 09:05 PM   #6
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I shoot Win 230 FMJ-RN's also with Unique at 6.1 grains. Nice accurate load in my 45's. Most accurate bullet I've loaded has been 230 gr. Remington Golden Sabers but they are impossible to find at present. Another accurate bullet in 45's is Hornady's 230 XTP-HP. I've also shot Remington's bulk 230 FMJ and they shoot well. Most bullets are more accurate than me in pistols. Most all my 45 ACP loads use AA#5 and Unique powder. I load both CCI 300's and RP 2 1/2 primers. All my loads are standard loads and not meant for match target shooting.
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Old September 13, 2014, 09:15 PM   #7
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200 gr LSWC and about 5 gr of Unique
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Old September 13, 2014, 09:17 PM   #8
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For 25 & 50 yards match winning accuracy.
As well as perfect feeding in any gun that will feed 230 GI FMJ-RN?

H&G 200 #68 grain CSWC over 5.0 Bullseye.

http://www.hensleygibbs.com/molds/68_12.jpg

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Old September 13, 2014, 09:45 PM   #9
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Berrys 185g HBRN 6.6g Unique.
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Old September 14, 2014, 01:30 AM   #10
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These two
http://www.missouribullet.com/detail...y=13&keywords=

http://www.missouribullet.com/detail...y=13&keywords=
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Old September 14, 2014, 01:51 AM   #11
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Yup, 200 gr swc.
I've used Tite Group, Accurate #5, Bullseye, and several others that I forget.
All were plenty accurate.
My favorite is 5.1 gr Titegroup with an OAL of 1.265

I've also had good experience with a 230 gr RNFP & 4.5 gr of Titegroup
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Old September 14, 2014, 02:20 AM   #12
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What is your Favorite .45 cal bullet for accuracy?
It sure isn't a Winchester 230 FMJ....there's literally dozens of better options.
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Old September 14, 2014, 02:46 AM   #13
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I like cast bullets in the 45 Auto, especially in a 1911.

I shoot a lot of 230gr LRN bullets but since all the prices went up I shot more 200gr SWC bullets too. Those 225gr TC bullets linked above from Missouri Bullets are extremely accurate and feed very will in every gun I have shot them in...
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Old September 14, 2014, 09:03 AM   #14
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http://www.missouribullet.com/detail...y=13&keywords=

http://www.missouribullet.com/detail...y=13&keywords=

With BE shooting most shoot a bare min speed to stabilize the bullet.

With MBC BE#2, I use 4.1 gr WST and 4.2 gr for the BE#1.

Both these loads work with the std 16# RS and 23# MS(HS). No ejection or feeding problems.

These are softer BHN (12) of the IPDA pills (18 BHN) and you do not need to push them near as hard too.
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Old September 14, 2014, 10:16 AM   #15
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Part of accuracy in range and competition terms is making a clean hole in the target. Whether jacketed(?), plated, or lead, you might consider a semi-wadcutter. The 200 gr LSWC seems to be the most popular. It seems like most choose either lead or lead because of price, aside from some technical differences.
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Old September 14, 2014, 10:17 AM   #16
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Missouri 12 BHN 200 gr SWC (Bullseye #1), even with lighter 4.0 gr Promo (my plinking load) - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthrea...02#post9415802



Rocky Mountain Reloading's own line of 230 gr thick plated RN with 5.0 gr of W231/HP-38 - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=761471

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Old September 14, 2014, 12:25 PM   #17
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The Hornady 200 grain FMJ-CT (jacketed SWC) is the most accurate bullet I use in .45 auto. 4.4 grains of Clays is the load.
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Old September 14, 2014, 01:54 PM   #18
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Bullseye 4.2 g 200g LSWC from >>>>http://oregontrailbullet.com/shop/
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Old September 14, 2014, 02:15 PM   #19
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So far I've found nothing better than a good 200 grain swc. The 190s ar very good also.
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Old September 14, 2014, 03:30 PM   #20
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Lee 452-200 lswc
Candy quenched, alox lubed

Bds can tell you about those, lol
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Old September 14, 2014, 03:35 PM   #21
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Been using 4.5 of Bullseye with 230 cast RNs or FP's at 1.275" for eons. You will have to work up the load for your pistol though.
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Old September 14, 2014, 05:38 PM   #22
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It sure isn't a Winchester 230 FMJ....there's literally dozens of better options.
Let's hear about 'em. I figured there were or I would still be shooting the Winchesters!

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Old September 14, 2014, 05:40 PM   #23
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Ok, I'll have to get some 200 grain SWC types. Love the Bullseye suggestions, just went past a Bass pro shop outside of KC MO and scored some! BTW, my .45 is a Glock, so I need plated (or jacketed) bullets until I get the stainless barrel.

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Old September 14, 2014, 05:43 PM   #24
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Been using 4.5 of Bullseye with 230 cast RNs or FP's at 1.275" for eons. You will have to work up the load for your pistol though.
For informational purposes, Its a Glock 30S. Got my eye on a 21 SF, then a 1911...but I want a nice one and really cant afford that just right now...but I will get one.

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Old September 14, 2014, 05:45 PM   #25
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Lee 452-200 lswc
Candy quenched, alox lubed

Bds can tell you about those, lol
Thanks, eventually may cast...too many irons in the fire to begin another learning curve just now...good to know for future endeavors! Thanks again for the input!

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