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700X for 45acp?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by evolve23, Feb 21, 2013.

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  1. ljnowell

    ljnowell Member

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    Thats crazy, I have ran a buttload of it through my Lee auto disk and my auto disk pro. I never felt it metered great, but it made some clean burning accurate ammo.
     
  2. joneb

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    A kind reloader gave me some 700X to try, it did not meter well in my powder throw so I measured it out for 44spl. 700x was every bit as accurate as my W231 loads.
    Can't say for 45 acp, but I do have IMR data for 45acp using 700x if you need it.
     
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    Yeah, to state I wasn't amused by the experience would be a massive understatement. I'll see if I can take a pic of it later.
     
  4. bluetopper

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    Just bought 4 jars of 700X for under $17 each along with some other stuff to offset shipping costs.

    From my experience one fast pistol powder is about as good as another.......and there are many of them.
    The ones I do stay away from are the ones that I know tend to pressure spike.
     
  5. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    700X seems to be in ready supply, I just 2 lb of it locally yesterday, with 44 special in mind.
     
  6. Drail

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    700X works just fine for .45 ACP (and many other handgun cartridges). But many powder measures will choke on it. You will get different charges between a full hopper and an almost empty one. It will bridge and flakes will be chopped. Be sure to check carefully that your measure is throwing consistent charges. Don't get in a hurry. I would hesitate to use it in a progressive setup.
     
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    I've tried it in .45ACP and found it to be anemic and metered like corn flakes in my Lee Powder measure. If you use it, try for a max load or near max.
     
  8. Duztoff

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    Without any other parameters, here's a few from Lyman:

    .45 ACP (Lyman Reloading Handbook 49th Edition)


    Notes: cases: Remington, Federal; trim-to length: .888"; primers: Remington 2 1/2; primer size: Large Pistol; Lyman shell holder: No. 2; firearm used: Universal Receiver; barrel length: 5"; twist: 1-16"; groove dia.: .450"

    Warning! Be Alert: Publisher cannot be responsible for errors in published load data.

    Wt. Bullet Pwdr Mfr Powder Charge Vel (FPS)

    185 Remington Jacketed SWC/FMJ IMR 700-X 3.4 675
    Remarks: sugg. start load; 1.135" OAL; 7,900 cup

    185 Remington Jacketed SWC/FMJ IMR 700-X 5.0 967
    Remarks: max load; 1.135" OAL; 17,800 cup

    185 Hornady Jacketed HP/XTP IMR 700-X 3.5 612
    Remarks: sugg. start load; 1.175" OAL; 7,500 cup

    185 Hornady Jacketed HP/XTP IMR 700-X 5.5 933
    Remarks: max load; 1.175" OAL; 17,800 cup

    200 Speer Gold Dot Jacketed HP IMR 700-X 3.3 597
    Remarks: sugg. start load; 1.178" OAL; 7,400 cup

    200 Speer Gold Dot Jacketed HP IMR 700-X 4.9 871
    Remarks: max load; 1.178" OAL; 17,300 cup

    225 Speer Jacketed HP IMR 700-X 3.1 549
    Remarks: sugg. start load; 1.243" OAL; 7,500 cup

    225 Speer Jacketed HP IMR 700-X 4.8 796
    Remarks: max load; 1.243" OAL; 17,200 cup

    230 Speer TMJ IMR 700-X 3.6 667
    Remarks: sugg. start load; 1.275" OAL; 11,200 cup

    230 Speer TMJ IMR 700-X 4.8 867
    Remarks: max load; 1.275" OAL; 17,900 cup; potentially most accurate load

    As someone above said, could provide better suggestions with some more data.
    Oh, and as always, use at own risk... ;)
     
  9. FROGO207

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    700-X is my GO TO propellant in the 45 ACP with 230 grain bullets of all types. Now, I batch load so I use a custom made propellant scoop for it. Way easier than fighting with a measure any day. I did find the Ideal #55 would work passably with 700-X when adjusted for the flake size however. Depending on the brand of 230 grain bullet I use 4.8 or 4.9 grains for clean accurate loads that shoot to point of aim that match GI hardball in all my handguns. plus I have about 4 kegs of the stuff left to use up.:D
     
  10. ljnowell

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    I found that the bigger the charge the much better it weighs, no doubt. My lee auto disk will do down to about 4.6gr with a little bit of a variance. I found that if I shoot for 4.8gr I never get too much, and it never goes below 4.6, which is a great load under a 200gr LSWC.

    In 45 colt I am using a larger amount of it, like 6.5gr under a 255gr LSWC which is like .2gr over max with a 250gr LRN. It shoots like a dream.

    The only reason I dont use it much anymore is because I found AA#2. It gives similar performance but is a ball powder so it meters beautifully.
     
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