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Beginner reloader 45 auto 200gn 230gn powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Newdog58, May 27, 2013.

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  1. Newdog58

    Newdog58 Member

    May 27, 2013
    Competed once realize 150 rounds of
    45 is expensive and hard to get
    Therefore using bread new dillon 550
    (45 cal is the only shells and bullets I can find)
    therefore makes sense to reload them

    200gn tips: Setting OAL 1.265
    Winchester 231 powder 4.8 gn.
  2. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    Welcome to the forum and to reloading

    New to reloading, eh? Welcome aboard. Dillon is a very good press. Single stage or turret is simpler to start with, but that is not a reason to pass on a progressive if you know your quantity of shooting will justify the cost.

    Good to know your spouse is a shooter, too. (I read your other post).

    Have you any reloading education/research behind you?

    So, is there a question in your thread or are you just so enthused that you had to brag?

    Again, welcome.

    Lost Sheep
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    You didn't say if those bullets were jacketed or lead. Depending upon which handgun you're loading for that powder charge might be too light. Hodgdon lists the starting charge of W231/HP-38 with a 200gr JHP bullet @5.2gr, well above your charge of 4.8gr. That light a charge might not cycle the slide of your pistol. It might be enough with a 200gr lead bullet but I rarely charge less than 5.0gr W231 with a 200gr lead bullet in the 45 Auto and usually charge 5.5gr. (on the rare occasions I load a 200gr bullet)

    I charge 5.5gr W231 with almost any 230gr or 200gr bullet bullet in the 45 Auto. I mostly load 230gr LRN bullets for the .45 Auto and I find 5.5gr W231 to be the best load available. It's almost like W231 was specifically designed for that load.

    I'm also a fan of learning to load on a press other than a progressive. Learning the ins-and-outs of reloading is better done on a press where you can see every step and learn how everything works before you use a progressive. This is not set in stone but seems to work well for most new reloaders.

    Welcome to the forum.
  4. hdbiker

    hdbiker Member

    Jun 1, 2011
    I agree with ArchAngle,HP38/Win 231 is my go to powder for .45 APC. 5.3 to 5.5 grains seems to work best in my Springer with either the Lee TL 200 grain SWC or the Lee TL 230 grain round nose.I've also used Bullseye and Unique. hdbiker
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