Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bersaguy, Jun 5, 2021.
Its a 228 grain mold, im dropping 230 grain bullets, so my wheel weight alloy is probably a little light on antimony. As far as where its hitting, I'd say about .050 above the transition of the ogive. Its the profile of the nose thats a problem, its too round, which makes me think this was meant as a light 45 Colt bullet.
You have a few choices:
Ream the barrel
Get a new mold
See if a 0.451" push through sizer gets you more wiggle room
Live with deep seated bullets, make sure they don't 3-point jam on you and adjust your loads to avoid excessive peak pressures.
The lower antimony should give you more shrinkage. I would think it would ogive more room in the throat area. After the driving band, and the start of the ogive, what final diameter are you getting?
Looking at Lee's online catalog, the round nose looks ideal to me. But looks can be deceiving.
Edit: I was looking at Lee's 230-2R. I can see where the ogive may run into the throat early on the 228-1R.
@mdi linked to, looks like others have had success seating at 1.190, but between my particular barrel, and the powder coating, that may be the difference. Either way, they fidin't dit. So, who needs a gently used Lee 452-228-1R mold? Still have the original box.
When I load any bullet for my semi-auto's I seat the bullet so that there's +/- 20/1000th's of the bullets shoulder/body sticking out above the case mouth.
Typical swc's for the 45acp with the bullets shoulder/body above the top/mouth of the case.
What you are doing when seating the bullet so that the +/- 20/1000th's of the bullets body sticks out of the case is seating the bullet to the "MAX" oal of the freebore that is cut into your chamber. The other day I did a little testing with a 1911/45acp & used 3 different bullets for those tests. Here are those bullets and what the oal's look like next to those bullets.
The left & center rounds have the bullet seated so there's +/- 20/1000th's of the bullet sticking out above the top of the case. The right bullet is seated with the bullets shoulder/body is seated flush.
I always set the oal to the "MAX" 20/1000th's when testing new loads. Doesn't matter what a book says or recommends for their loads. My bbl tells me my oal. From there I do testing for function. The bullet on the right needed to be seated with no shoulder above the rim to get it to feed/function without jams.
The left load and the right load function flawlessly, both have an oal of 1.180"
The center load uses the standard 1.250" oal
Always look at the amount of the shoulder of the bullet that sticks out above the case mouth when using a new bullet.
I generally seat my 45 ACP 230 RN bullets to a COL of 1.250" or a bit less.
My bullets were sized and lubed and I was using them before powder coating was a thing.
The issue with the lee 228gr 1r bullet is that it is shorter then the standard 2r bullets. The lee 230gr 2r rn bullet is .660" long. The lee 228gr 1r bullet is .628" long. 30/1000th's + shorter ='s 30/1000th's+ shorter oal.
Most people run this bullet with a +/- 1.20" oal
STI barrels were generously throated to allow long heavy bullets to plunk.
I used your bullet for many years in a 45 ACP revolver and had KART ream a barrel to fit for my 1911.
You're asking the wrong crowd, buy a .45 ACP or .45 Colt revolver, no question about it.
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