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250 grain 45 acp load?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Marc257, Aug 9, 2010.

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  1. Marc257

    Marc257 Member

    Jul 25, 2009
    South Central, Kentucky
    Anybody have any experience loading 45acp with 250gr lead rnfp bullets? I'm wanting to try some for my 45 revolver, feeding won't be an issue. I just can't seem to find any load data for acp or auto rim for the powders I have (titegroup, 231, competition, clays). Thinking about this for a ESR load. Heavy bullet @ slower velocity maybe producing softer feeling recoil.
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    I shoot a 185 Gr HBRN or a 185 Gr SWC under a light charge of WST for a light load in my 25-2. (.1 more Grs WST for the HBRN)

    That said, a 250/255 Gr bullet will work just fine. I would suggest Competition or W-231 since you have them. Competition is going to "peak" real fast, so work up slowly. W-231 will be more forgiving. I shot a lot of W-231 with 250 Gr bullets in .45 through 1911's.

    Yes, a heavier slower bullet can have less recoil, but I have found for really light recoil, it's hard to beat a lighter bullet.
  3. ClemY

    ClemY Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    I have loaded lead SWC 250 gr. bullets in .45 Auto Rim cases with Universal. Don't remember what the charge was, but it was mild. Accuracy was very good and recoil was mild. I shoot them in my S&W .45 ACP/AR revos and my Ruger NMBH with .45 ACP/AR cylinder.
  4. Slamfire

    Slamfire Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    45 Auto Rim Loads:

    I ended up using Bullseye loads. I actually cut them lower than 4.5 grains so I could use them in a Webley. However a 250 with 4.5 grains Bullseye shot well without excessive recoil.

    M1917 S&W Brazilian Export 5" Barrel

    250 LRN (.454) 6.0 grs Unique thrown, R-P AR cases, CCI300 primers
    20-Jan-02 T = 44°F
    Ave Vel = 833
    Std Dev = 25
    ES 79.6
    Low 789
    High 869
    N = 12
    Heavy recoil, aimpt about 6" low at 25 yard. But very accurate

    250 LRN (.454) 6.5 grs Unique thrown, R-P AR cases, CCI300 primers
    20-Jan-02 T = 44°F
    Ave Vel = 888
    Std Dev = 31
    ES= 103.3
    Low= 844
    High= 947
    heavy recoil, aimpt 5 OC below target, way too heavy a load

    250 LRN (.454) 4.5 grs Bullseye thrown, R-P AR cases, CCI300 primers
    20-Jan-02 T = 44°F
    Ave Vel = 754
    Std Dev = 10
    ES = 39.5
    Low= 744
    High= 783
    Mild recoil, aimpt 5 OC, accurate

    250 Nosler JHP (.4515) 8.0 grs Blue Dot thrown, mixed cases, FED150 primers
    20-Jan-02 T = 44°F

    Ave Vel = 749
    Std Dev = 24
    ES =87.8
    Low= 709
    High= 797
    N =12
    Mild recoil aimpoint 5 O’Clock
  5. Curator

    Curator Member

    Apr 20, 2007
    Bonita Springs, Florida
    6 grains of Unique and the Lee .452-255RF is a good load in my .45 auto rim revolver. I also shoot it in one of my 1911 pistols with a 20 pound recoil spring and recoil buffer in place. In my Ruger convertable I also load 11 grains of AA#7 and 255 to 280 grain lead flat point bullets with excellent accuracy.
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