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Alliant Green Dot

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bearandoldman, Dec 16, 2005.

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  1. bearandoldman

    bearandoldman Member

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    Any reccomendations for .45 ACP with 200 grain LSWC, do not want a low speed target load. More around 900 fps in that are, kind of like hard balls velocities.
     
  2. HSMITH

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    Alliant lists 4.3 for 800 fps as the only Green Dot load.

    Are you tied to Green Dot? I run 200's at a little over 900 to make USPSA Power Factor and use Clays to do it. Clean, accurate and soft shooting.
     
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    I've been looking on forums to see if anyone else has used Gr. Dot. I've got about 4lbs of it I can load. Don't load shotshells anymore. Ive seen loads from 4gr. to 6gr. and all with varying velocities. Guess we'll have to experiment. Let you know what I find out.

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    As Dean Grennell said, how many greens of grain dot do you use?

    I got some cheap from an ex reloader and worked up pistol loads for it:

    .45ACP 200 gr LSWC + 5.5 gr Green Dot = 880 fps in 5" Briley barrel.
    This is below Lyman's maximum.
     
  5. bearandoldman

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    Got some Clays too, what load do you use for that powder?
     
  6. HSMITH

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    3.6-3.8 Clays depending on your gun. If you are using a Government model with standard springs you will need up around 3.8 for reliability. Gold Cups and other lightly sprung guns can go down 3.4ish with full function.

    4.4 makes power factor in my 5" gun.
     
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    I realize that I went over the limit but decided to use a load for Green Dot that I found for jacketed bullets. My lead ones were well lubed and I watced for pressure very carefully, but I've been loading 5 grains of Green Dot for a couple years now with 200 gr RNFP and it's the most accurate load I've seen come out of my 45s. BTW - there were no pressure signs at all, it actually feels very comfortable to shoot and the Green Dot gives a nice "push" instead of a snap. An additonal benefit is that Green Dot is much lower pressure than many other powders.
     
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    That is about what I expected, I was going to start around 4.8 and see how it went. I have used Green Dot for shotgun for years, because as you said it gives lower pressures and a push instead of a snap. You can really see the difference in 1-1/8 loads in a 12 gage or 7/8 in a 20. Much softer shooting than the equivalent factory AA loads, Another reason is it cuts down on the powder inventory. You can use it in, 12, 16, 20 and 28 gage, the only other powder you need is some W296 for the .410 and that's about it. Will load some up and give it a try next week. I am new at loading metallic but have done many 1,000's of shotgun shells. :)
     
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    Thanks for the input guys, Latest report follows:Loaded some with 2 different bullets a 225 grain lead trubncated cone and 200 grain LSWC with 5.0 grains of Green Dot. They worked fine in my SA's a Loaded Parkerized, a V-10 and a Micro Compact. No feed ot fire problems and the accuracy is great.
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