Calling all 45acp reloaders

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  1. Aug 25, 2009 #1
    DonXD40

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    OK y'all, I am brand new to reloading, just got a used Dillon Rl550B reloader and will be reloading predominantly for 45acp at first and then 9mm a bit down the road. The 45's will be used in a Kimber Raptor 5" bbl, a XD45 Tac and a Ruger P90 4"(I think) bbl. These will be for general range/target use (just making holes in ppr and bowling pins and such).

    Q1) What is your favorite bullet(brand, type and wt.), powder (brand and type) combo and why?

    Q2) I currently am waiting to receive 1K of Berry's 230gr RN Plated bullets that I ordered from them a few days ago. But I was thinking of picking up some of the 200 gr Plated FP or TC (is there a difference in those 2 and if so, what is it?) So my questions is has anyone heard of or experienced any feed problems with this bullet in any of the previously mentioned firearms?

    Q3) Any general suggestions or need to watch out for kind of info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks Don (Donxd40)
     
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    ichy_trigger

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    I use Clays powder, its cheap and shoots great for me with plenty of accuracy.

    Bullets I use Precision Moly 230's.

    Primers I prefer Federal but use Winchester as well.

    Cases, anything I can find thats cheap.


    I load on a 550 as well, the Clays powder will give you lots of loads per pound.
     
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    Powder: Titegroup
    Bullets: Montana Gold 200 gr
    Primers: Prefer federal but CCI, Winchester are good - no doubt others are good too.
     
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    Bullets: 230 gr LRN
    Primers: CCI
    Powder: Universal
    Brass: Mixed
     
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    200 Gr lead cast, soo much cheaper than FMJ and not too difficult to clean your barrel after use.

    Bullseye powder is my favorite so far.

    Primers, I've used Remington & CCI, I prefer the remington, they seem to feed better in my press. (Lee Pro 1000)

    Enjoy and be careful to hit the details, don't make many rounds until you make sure they cycle good in your gun.
     
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    I am new also. I did order Berry's plated bullets in 9mm and .45. Correct me if im wrong but remember to use Low-Mid range load data for the same size/weight of bullet. Ive read that plated bullets are in a medium between lead and FMJ's.
     
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    DonXD40

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    Some good feedback guy's but no one is telling me why they like their set-up. Is it cost, runs clean, reliability, accuracy any combo of the above etc. etc.

    Also would like clarification on any issues with feeding and or reliability with the 200 grain FP (flat point) and or TC (truncated cone) bullets especially in the XD45 tac and clarification as to whether FP and TC are just different names for the same bullet or if their is in fact any differences and what they may be.

    Thanks again,
    Don
     
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    I load 230gr FMJ or 230rg LRN over a mid-range charge of Unique, Universal, or 231.

    Why? Because I like seeing the center get chewed out of the target.

    Guns get dirty. I clean them when I want to and not a minute before...
     
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    I load 225gr truncated cones from Meister over Winchester 231 in Winchester or Remington Peters brass with Winchester large pistol primers. I shoot for 800 to 830 fps across either a Shooting Chrony or a Pact Pro Chronograph. This bullet has no lip or shoulder as do most semi-wadcutters--it's got a wide nose, a simple angled side from nose to body, a single lube groove and a wide generous straight-walled section for a nice shallow taper crimp.

    This load is reliable in my carry gun (Springfield Champion SS 1911) as well as my XD45 (4inch). Leading is light to moderate. Function is flawless in both guns as well as a Kimber or two, another Springfield 1911 and a Colt 1911. It meets (with 10 point safety factor) both the IPSC and IDPA major power factor requirements. Smoke and particulates are minimal. Muzzle flash is a small dull orange donut 12-15 inches in diameter visible only when ambient light is fully dark. Accuracy holds at about 2 inches @ 25 yards (from a rest).

    Particulars such as powder weight and cartridge OAL are withheld as you need to find your own match to your guns. With bulk buying and long loading sessions, the cost per cartridge is about 1/3 the best WWB 230gr FMJ prices for my area.
     
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    DonXD40

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    There ya go. That's more what I was looking for, let's keep up the great info sharing.
     

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