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steve4102
01-24-2010, 07:41
What's your favorite 45 ACP Bullet weight? I've only been shootin and loading 45 ACP for about a year and all I have loaded so far is 230gr FMJ and JHP. Don't get me wrong, they shoot great and are very accurate with 4.5gr of WST. It's just that I'm down to my last 500 Zero FMJ's and it's time to order up some more, just wondering if I should stick with the 230 or try something different. Thanks

ChaneyD
01-24-2010, 07:43
My best reloads are 200gr LRNFP over 5gr Bullseye. VERY accurate.

Webley Green
01-24-2010, 08:05
Mine is a similar load to Chaney's. 200 grain LRNFP over six grains of Unique. My LW barreled Glock 21 seems to like it.

Myke_Hart
01-24-2010, 08:26
I prefer the heavier 230 grain at around 800 fps. Seems to be the most accurate for me.

Patrick Graham
01-24-2010, 10:18
I like 230gr FMJ best for blasting, USPSA, IDPA and 3-gun but since the price started to skyrocket I've switched to casting my own 225gr RNL.

Kentucky Shooter
01-24-2010, 10:21
The 200 grain lead semi-wadcutters are good in my 1911 for plinking loads. I know lead and glock barrels don't mix, but these are sure good 1911 loads.

PBKing
01-24-2010, 10:25
I plink with the 230 lrn out of the Lee 6 banger mold because they work well for me and you can cast a mess of em real quick.
For Jbullets 230 also

tjpet
01-24-2010, 10:59
These days I run nothing but 200grn. LSWC through my 1911s. Accurate and flat shooting out to 50 yards.

fredj338
01-24-2010, 13:37
I probably shoot more 200grLSWC or LTC than any other bullet wt. Economy is one reason, accuracy another, recoil (for target work) another. The 45acp was originally designed around a 200gr bullet. Still not a bad choice today. I wish more manuf. made good SD loads using 200gr wts.

Jaybo510
01-24-2010, 15:19
Well I just started reloading, and I have not yet had a chance to chrono this load. But having said that I find this load to very accurate. I loaded about a 1,000rds of this, and fired about 500 with out any type of issues. So I would have to say this is my favorite.

Load...
45 ACP 200gr. round nose copper plated X-Treme bullet. Im using 4.7g of Hodgdon TiteGroup, with Federal primers. OAL of 1.260.

Brass Nazi
01-24-2010, 15:24
My favorite is a 200gr LSWC in the ACP and 255gr LSWC for the 45 Colt.

RLDS45S
01-24-2010, 15:26
Depends my gold standard has been 200gr LSWC. But, for some guns 230gr FMJ!

Ah, the old speer 200gr JHP....

aerod1
01-24-2010, 16:33
I've been reloading and shooting 200 gr. LSWC. They seem to work great in all my 1911 pistols.

gjk5
01-24-2010, 16:55
200gr LSWC is great in all my 1911's and very accurate in the 625.

Patrick Graham
01-24-2010, 16:58
Depends my gold standard has been 200gr LSWC. But, for some guns 230gr FMJ!

Ah, the old speer 200gr JHP....

Ahh yes, The "Flying Ashtray" :cool:

That was one of my favorites. I wish they still made it.

den888
01-24-2010, 17:00
200 gr or 230 gr

Beware Owner
01-24-2010, 17:07
I'd load the lightest lead (185-200gr) for practice, and strictly 230gr for everything else.

G36_Me
01-24-2010, 17:56
When you are using the 200 gr bullet, do you have to reduce your recoil spring strength? I use 230 gr Lead Round Nose, or Plated or FMJ; they all shoot great.

I have no experience with the 200gr, but I want to. My gun store has been out of them for the past @60 days since I first started thinking of loading up some. The 185 gr don't function in my guns with factory strength recoil springs.

Brucev
01-24-2010, 18:36
My favorite bullet weight in .45 ACP is a 200 SWC along the lines of a H&G 68. Loaded at soft-ball velocity, it makes nice clean holes in paper... ideal for target shooting and training. Loaded at Startrek Warp VII velocity, it does an excellent job on game such as wild hogs and even deer. JMHO. Sincerely. Brucev.

byf43
01-24-2010, 18:59
200 gr LSWC.

5.7 gr. W-231.
WLP primer.
908 fps.
REAL accurate in my 1911s.

deadmonkey90
01-24-2010, 19:00
custom 215gr and 225gr homemade rounds

Bob2223
01-24-2010, 20:27
200 gn LSWC, H&G #68 copies :thumbsup:

Bob

BigDog[RE]
01-24-2010, 20:35
I mainly shoot cast 200gr LSWC through my 1911.

Lyman 452630/ Lars Red or Lyman Alox
Win or Wolf LP
6.0 gr of Unique
1.250 OAL

jadedragon
01-24-2010, 21:07
200gr LSWC. I've shot thousands of these over the years with excellent results.

1006
01-24-2010, 21:18
200 SWC for me as well. I use the Moly coated ones from Precision.

VN350X10
01-25-2010, 00:34
200 gr SWC (HG 68) over 5.0 of Win. 452AA trap powder.
one hole possible bullseye
USPSA major pf
bowling pins don't stand a chance
uses enough space in the case to make a double charge impossible (overflows)
Now if Winchester would only bring it back into production ! Best alternative is WSF, at the same (5.0 gr) load.
Shoots excellent from my Glocks & the 1911's, G36 is very accurate with it !

uncle albert
ps. I too miss the Speer "Flying Ashtrays" 200 gr.

PBKing
01-25-2010, 09:25
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r58/scheptic/Handload/Picture.jpg

I am glad you mentioned the Flying Ashtray, I thought I had some left. I'll bet these are 20 years old. New box, old bullets. Yes they were the shnizzle

VN350X10
01-25-2010, 09:31
My last inventory count, I had 6 boxes of the ashtrays left !
They only get used for SERIOUS (cash prize!) pin matches, too valuable for anything else. Not that they are that much better than a 200 gr SWC, except for the "psych" value to other shooters.....they think that they're doomed, so they ARE !
Sometimes, the gaming is totally mental.

uncle albert

Firecop203
01-25-2010, 12:32
I like the 200 grain. I used to shoot a lot of 230 grain and then the GAP came along. There are plenty of loads for the 200 grain for both rounds.

fredj338
01-25-2010, 13:51
200 gr SWC (HG 68) over 5.0 of Win. 452AA trap powder.
one hole possible bullseye
USPSA major pf
bowling pins don't stand a chance
uses enough space in the case to make a double charge impossible (overflows)
Now if Winchester would only bring it back into production ! Best alternative is WSF, at the same (5.0 gr) load.
Shoots excellent from my Glocks & the 1911's, G36 is very accurate with it !

uncle albert
ps. I too miss the Speer "Flying Ashtrays" 200 gr.
452AA is pretty much the same as WST today. I started w/ 452AA & now use WST. Very accurate, soft shooting, clean burning, good loft, what's not to like?:supergrin: If yo umiss the 200gr "ashtray", try the 230gr GDSB, huge HP.