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45acp headstamp importance

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mxracer239y, Feb 28, 2009.

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  1. Mxracer239y

    Mxracer239y Member

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    I am new to reloading, and have been gathering supplies/reading as much as I can. In reading 'The ABC's of Reloading,' I have gotten the impression that brass should be sorted, tested, and loaded according to manufacturer. While I can understand this for longer cases with some curvature to them (varying thicknesses, etc), I cannot picture the brand of 45acp brass being very important.

    Please share- do you sort and load according to headstamp or load all the same in a pistol cartridge like this?

    TIA
     
  2. Dean Williams

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    I confess, for 45 ACP I do sort brass, but it's not because of any load differences that are weighing on my mind. I just do it because I like seeing the same face in a box of ammo.

    If you are loading safely below a maximum charge, it's really not necessary. If you are loading up to max, sorting is a good idea, and the max load should be worked up for cases of all one head stamp, and very close case weights.

    When I shot bullseye competition, I practiced almost every day, and loaded great gobs of mid-range 38 Spl ammo. I never sorted cases for that. Didn't have time and was not needed.
     
  3. The Bushmaster

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    I'm with Dean. I like uniformaty. Must be all that military training...
     
  4. tlen

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    I don't sort .45 ACP nor does anyone I shoot with. We all use range brass and load moderate loads, irrespective of head stamp, for Action Pistol. If you were loading +P maybe it would make a difference. We don't worry about case length or trimming either. Being a low pressure case, .45 ACP is very forgiving and generally one looses the case before they wear out.
     
  5. putteral

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    I also agree with tlen. Very rarely do I sort .45 brass. For target shooting I have not found a need to.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    I am fairly anal and picky, but I do not sort my .45 ACP by headstamp, even though I have enough to sort large lots of the same headstamp. I just load it and shoot it.

    The Bushmaster and I do agree on trimming revolver brass, despite many who do not trim them, but I do not trim auto brass, and he does.

    The Bushmaster has me beat in the picky dept. :D
     
  7. Peter M. Eick

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    My arguement on this is simple. Just try it. Shoot some mixed ammo. Say a full box of 50 on a single target. Then shoot another target with 50 sorted of the same type.

    If you don't see a difference, then what the hey. Don't sort it.

    I sort because I definately saw a difference with my Baer PII and my Pre-25.
     
  8. Cloudpeak

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    I don't sort 45's but I do cull "Amerc" brass.

    Cloudpeak
     
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    +1 with Cloudpeak
     
  10. The Bushmaster

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    HEY!! I only trim .45 ACP. My Colt 1911 seems to prefer .890" to .892"...
     
  11. Jumping Frog

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    Some .45 ACP "lead-free" ammo uses small pistol primers instead of large. That is the only sorting I worry about, as trying to force a large primer into a small pocket can create a loud noise.
     
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