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Speer 250 gn Gold Dot, 45 LC

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by zeke, Jul 19, 2004.

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  1. zeke

    zeke Member

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    Does anyone have any experience loading this bullet for handgun or rifle ? Tried some yesterday, couldn't get much expansion till about 1100 fps. Admittly firing into damp sandy/loam. Any thoughts on using it as a short range deer load?
     
  2. Vern Humphrey

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    If I were concerned about this load, I'd test it in water -- a Fackler Box is easy to make. It's just a trough, open at the ends with an occasional brace across the top.

    You fill it with freezer bags full of water -- so it looks something like a file drawer full of files. It will do a pretty good job of showing you how your bullet will expand, and will give a fair idea of penetration as well.

    I like to use a wide flatnose cast bullet in .45 Colt for deer hunting -- anything above 1000 fps seems to work fine.
     
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    Vern-Thanks
     
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