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Powder Charge Adjustments

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by antsi, Jan 4, 2003.

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  1. antsi

    antsi Member

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    Just shot the first "test batch" of my new .45 ACP range loads today - West Coast plated 230 gr RN, 8.0 gr AA#5 - and found them a little too brisk for my liking. They have noticeably more recoil than the GA Arms rounds I have been using for range ammo and a big, bright muzzle flash.

    The cases did not show pressure signs and I still have all my fingers, so I don't believe these are unsafe or anything - it's just they could be more pleasant to shoot and I don't see putting unnecessary wear on my gun for no reason.

    According to my data, 7.6 is min and 8.5 is max charge - these I shot today were loaded at 8.0

    How much do I need to lower the charge, to make a "qualitative" difference like what I am after here? Or is experimentation the only way to find out?
     
  2. capbuster

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    You might want to try a few rounds using the suggested starting load to see if this is more to your liking.
     
  3. dfrog

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    You may want to recheck your scale to make sure it is calibrated correctly. I agree with capbuster, load a few at the starting minimum.
     
  4. DamnedDirtyApe

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    Load plated bullets using lead recommendations, which are typically ten percent under those for jacketed.

    The "big bright muzzle flash" is excessive powder burning outside the barrel.
     
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