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OAL for 45 ACP w/SWC bullet?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by harmonic, Dec 31, 2008.

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  1. harmonic

    harmonic member

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    Here's a pic of some 45 ACPs that might be causing a problem in a Combat Commander.

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    It's 1.257 inch overall length. Question: Is the ridge that constitutes the base of the bullet supposed to be even with the mouth of the case?

    thanx
     
  2. Walkalong

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    1.257 is OK, and that pic looks just fine. I load 200 Gr SWC's at 1.260 to 1.265.

    I can see were the bullets have been hitting the ramp down low and skidding up it. It looks like the rounds are nosediving. That suggests mag problems to me.
     
  3. harmonic

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    What are you looking at? The feedramp?

    The reason I ask is because I use the same mags in a Mk 4 w/no problem.

    Think maybe I should change mag springs?
     
  4. Galil5.56

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    What exactly is the problem?

    That style of bullet seated looks like this for me, and is seated @ 1.240". You can go down more to the point that just a "fingernails" worth of the shank is above the case. Might try a bit deeper, and make sure the taper crimp die is set to get rid of the belling, and maybe just a touch more. As shown feeds 100% in my P220 and 1911A1, and my SIG is very critical about too long an OAL.

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  5. ranger335v

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    "Question: Is the ridge that constitutes the base of the bullet supposed to be even with the mouth of the case?"

    That question can only be answered by the pistol's chamber. Load a few as shown and try. If they feed from the magazine and chamber properly, they are fine. If not, change - seat deeper - as needed. There is no formula or magic OAL.
     
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    Between 1.250 and 1.260. Some unmodified feed ramps have a hard time with SWCs.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
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  8. MrGreenMachine

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    I seat my 200g SWC's at 1.245. Feeds my Sig 220 and Para 1911 just fine. Looks like your crimp is ok from the picture, but make sure you're not getting any bullet setback on feeding from the magazine that may cause it to nosedive.
     
  9. Steve C

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    SWC's need to be seated deap enough so the shoulder of the bullet doesn't engage the rifling and prevent the pistol from locking up. Seat the shoulder so its just slightly above the case mouth. Check the loaded round in your removed barrel to make sure it drops in properly, use a factory load to see how a proper length round looks chambered.

    There are many different shaped SWC bullets for the .45 acp so the OAL's will vary by bullet design. Without knowing your specific bullet any OAL suggestion is just a guess and for practical purposes its a useless number anyway. Below is a picture of a SWC that's properly seated.
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