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What powder do you suggest for 45 ACP for a new reloader?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Lone_Gunman, Apr 23, 2006.

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  1. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Member

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    Is there an old standby?
    Would Accurate #7 be a good choice?
     
  2. LeonCarr

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    Hey Lone,

    I would go with Winchester 231 for the .45 ACP. IME it has good accuracy and velocity with all bullet weights. You can get the loading data by downloading the Reloaders Guide at www.winchester.com, or by looking in any good reloading manual (which you should have several already and have read them cover to cover before starting to reload, especially the safety warnings).

    IMO AA #7 has too slow a burning rate for the .45 ACP. Works great in the 10mm though :).

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  3. 1911user

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    231 is what I use for 45. It's versatile and a classic. Some will say it's a little dirty and maybe they're right. There are lots of good choices and 231 is one of them.
     
  4. only1asterisk

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    AA #7 is bit slow for standard 45 ACP loads. If you really want to use a slow powder, I like Power Pistol. For most loads Win 231, HP-38, AA#5 are about right.

    David
     
  5. dakotasin

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    i run power pistol thru mine. works fine.
     
  6. StrikeEagle

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    Yes... Unique. It's what I use.

    I heard that the US Govt loaded .45ACP with Bullseye for many decades. True or not, Bullseye is another good choice.
     
  7. Rustler

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    I'll add my choice Hodgdon Tightgroup.

    From the Hodgdon site:

    TITEGROUP™ As the name implies, this new spherical propellant was designed for accuracy. Because of the unique design, this powder provides flawless ignition with all types of primers including the lead-free versions. Unlike pistol powders of the past, powder position in large cases (45 Colt, 357 Magnum and others) has virtually no effect on velocity and performance. Cowboy Action, Bullseye and Combat Shooters should love this one! TITEGROUP has it all, low charge weight, clean burning, mild muzzle report and superb, uniform ballistics.
     
  8. Lone_Gunman

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    Also, what would be a good starting bullet to select for learning how to reload and general plinking?

    I see .451 and .452 caliber bullets in 230 grain weights. Are both of these used for 45 ACP???

    Sorry to ask such basic questions, I am still in the reading and learning phase and haven't bought equipment yet.
     
  9. JDGray

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    Both work, .451 is for jacketed and plated, .452 for lead:)
     
  10. mattcat

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    when choosing a powder it is good to keep your barrel lingth in mind for a short barrel you want a faster burning powder, but a slower burning powder will build pressures slower and will not make recoil as sharp, it wont make much differance in a 45acp but it makes a lot of difference in longer barreled pistols and rifles
     
  11. The Bushmaster

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    My vote is for W-231 and is one of the cleanest and will have no unburned powder left. I would (as I only shoot jacketed bullets) recommend the Remington 185 grain JHP from www.midwayusa.com . Affordable and accurate.
     
  12. Stinger

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    231 and AA#5 are excellent choices.
     
  13. Kramer Krazy

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    I use #231.
     
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    While 231 is probably the most commonly used by those starting out in .45ACP (since it is readily available and easy to meter), other popular ones include Unique, Bullseye, and Clays.

    I use Clays mainly since I load light 200gr target loads. I don't really have a load for standard 230gr ball, but I wouldn't use Clays for a fullpower load.
     
  15. Johnny Guest

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    My two favorites - -

    For decades, I used Unique powder - - Burned kegs of it while engaged in IPSC competition with nary a hitch. But what was then my favorite load for 230 RN lead bullets exceeds current max recommended loads, probably because of fancied problems with leading. Then and now the load to duplicate factory ball is the same: 230 FMJ with 6.5 gr. This is the top load listed in the Speer manual - - gives about 840 fps.

    Severl years ago, I changed over to Winchester 231 powder, mainly for economy - - Takes fewer grins to give similar velocities. I use 5.4 gr with a 230 RNL bullet and 5.6 with the 230 FMJ.

    For sheer accuracy, Unique is bit better.

    Best,
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  16. Backfired

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    I use Unique and Red Dot. Other powders will work but Unique and Red Dot seem to burn cleaner and give better accuracy in my pistols.
     
  17. 308win

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    +1 on the Unique or Red Dot. Economical and relatively clean burn.
     
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    I personally use 7.0 grains of unique, a CCI standard primer, a 200 grain XTP-hp bullet and starline brass.
    Life is good. :cool:
    They are all pretty much the standard.
    There are some other powders that are very good, too. Like bullseye, HS-6, WSF, titegroup, clays......
     
  19. The Bushmaster

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    Lone_Gunman...This is another case of which is better (for you). Kelloggs Corn Flakes or Poste Toasties...Chevrolet or Ford. The .45 ACP works well with about any powder you want to use. Pick one. Try it. Pick another. Try it. When you find the one that suits you, let us know...:D
     
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  20. mr_dove

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    I'm a new reloader too. I started out with Hodgdon Tightgroup and I have no complaints.
     
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    +1 on Titegroup and AA #5
     
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    In my experience, Titegroup and PowerPistol are too flashy. I'm currently using Unique and Bullseye, but mostly Unique. Tried HS6 and AA#5 and got too much unburned bits-n-gooombah for my taste.

    Haven't chrono'ed anything yet. When I whittle down to 2-3 best loads, I'll measure 'em and pick a weeener.

    Edited to add: I am currently using Rainier 230gr HPs, and have been very happy with them..
     
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  23. robctwo

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    I'm new at this .45 as well. I'm shooting a lot of target, and wanted a lighter load. I have reduced power recoil springs in both my 5" and 4.25" 1911s. I've pretty much settled in on Clays for now. I have 8 lbs, less the last 2,000 loads.

    Running 3.8 to 4.2 under 200 gr SWC, RNFP and 225 TC. Experimenting with bullets. I have had good accuracy from Oregon Laser Cast. They are a bit smoky, but not an issue at the outdoor range. Also am working on some Precission bullets. They aren't as accurate yet, still looking for the right load.

    I've run Berrys and Rainiers in plated. Not using fmj at all.

    I'm getting the best groups with the OLC TC 225 gr under 3.9 gr Clays.
     
  24. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    Powders I've used and liked:

    1. W231 - the old standby and works real well.
    2. Hogdon Clays - a good powder, burns clean, works in shotgun shells too
    3. Hogdon Titegroup - Works well, you can use less grains and loads several calibers. Affordable too.

    Bullets:

    1. H&G #68 profile Lead Semi Wadcutter (LSWC) - a very accurate lead bullet in most .45's, most bullet makers sell this one. .452 diameter and if seated to the right depth and crimped properly, functions well also.

    2. Cast your own bullets out of wheel weights. Much cheaper. My cartridge costs went from $3.50 a box of 50 to around $1.50. And you get another hobby as a benefit. (grin)

    Regards,

    Dave
     
  25. StrikeEagle

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    I agree with this totally. You know how as a reloader, reloading just makes so much sense that you don't know why more shooters don't do it? That's the way casters feel about casting... it just makes so much sense! :)

    I've been using the Lee Tumble Lube 6-Cav Mold. Really really knocks them out in a hurry. And the Tumble Lube/Liquid Alox method is very very quick and "works a treat" as they say in the UK.

    StrikeEagle
     
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