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45ACP Accuracy w/185g & 230g Hornady

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 357Shooter, Oct 9, 2011.

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  1. 357Shooter

    357Shooter Member

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    I'm not sure I'm a good enough shot to be able to determine this (I've tried).
    Would you expect the accuracy of a 185g HP-XTP @ 900fps to be better than say a 230g HP-XTC @ 700fps, and if so, why. I can't seem to get my head wrapped around this. Any input appreciated. These would be shot from my Kimber Ultra CDPII 3" at 12-15 yards. I know you guys can set me straight!
    Thanks.
     
  2. huntershooter

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    Theoretically the 230 gr. "SHOULD" be most accurate due to increased bearing surface.
    In reality at handgun ranges it will most likely vary from one gun to another.
     
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    Your milage may vary.

    But back in my day, 230 FMJ-RN match ammo was shot in .45 class NRA Bullseye.

    185 or 200 grain wad-cutter was shot in Certerfire class.

    And .22 RF was shot in .22 class.

    The scores went up slightly as the bullets weight & caliber went down.

    I doubt you would have seen any positive differance if the 185-200's centerfires were driven to 900 FPS, as recoil & blast would have been worse then the 230 GI hardball .45 match load.

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    Thanks, as always... great input!
     
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