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Loading HP's for a 3" 45

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Steve H, Jan 10, 2007.

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  1. Steve H

    Steve H Member

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    Question: Do you think there is a load that will be fast enought to have a hollow point expand coming out of a 3" bbl.? This is something I did not think of when I bought me 3" Kimber. Should I give up on HP's and stay with RN? What about factory HP loads will they expand at the 3" velocities?
     
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    Speer makes self defense rounds specifically for "Short Barrel" guns.

    http://www.speer-ammo.com/products/short_brl.aspx

    They may give a slight edge over rounds not so designed.

    I get good velocities out of my 3" CDP II with AA# 5. You will lose around 35 to 45 FPS per inch of barrel with the powders I have been using.

    I have Speer +P 200 Gr. Gold Dots in my CDP II right now. I will Chrono some and see what they do. I don't believe I have already, but I will check.

    I easily got 850 FPS plus handloading with the 200 Gr. Gold Dot from my 3" CDP. I have the numbers at home. I got 919 Avg. FPS from the 4" CDP and somewhere around 870 in the 3". I just don't remember exactly. It is posted in another thread somewhere.
     
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    Steve, Here's an article about "snubby" ammo that might help decide.
     
  4. Steve H

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    Thank you both for the info and link. I just happen to have a boc of Speer 200gr. gold dots................Now I hope that they "like" my mags and gun.
     
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