Reloading for the XDs

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  1. Steve H

    Steve H XDTalk Member

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    Anyone here reload for their XDs? If you do, do you have a favorite "short barrel" recipe? I had loaded a bunch for my 4" & 5" guns but never have come up with nor read about something for a 3".
     
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    I use the same handloads that I developed for my longer barrel 45's. They feed and fire in the XDS fine. If you are going for exterme accuracy, you might want to fine tune them in your gun for the shorter barrel. Other than that just shoot what you already have loaded.:D
     
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    ^ This. No changes for me either.
     
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    old frank XDTalk 100 Member

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    Today I shot almost all reloads and they were the same loads I shoot in my 5" SA 1911 and my 3" Kimber 1911.
    I only adjust the load to suit the particular bullet type that I am using.

    Mostly I load with the Bayou 200gr SWC. It feeds in every .45 I own and makes a perfect big hole in the target which is great for competition.

    Today I shot all my loads using W231 powder and amount varied between 5.2 and 5.8 grns. The 5.2 were very pleasant to shoot in the 3.3 XDs. You might could even go lower for softer recoil as long as it still functions well.
     
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    my xds uses the same loads as my full size 1911 and uzi 45acp--one size fits all!:eek:

    i have been using fmj but will use cast lead on the next trip. so far--no issues at all--i pull the trigger and bang! i am not looking for long range accuracy--just 3-5-7 yds with an occasional 10 yard mixed in. as that's what the xds is designed for. :cool:
     
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    Here's mine:

    6.5 gr power pistol + 230 gr zero jhp + 1.225" OAL + mixed range brass I picked up some of which I'm very familiar with, oh it's you again :) works very well with both my sig 1911 and xds. power pistol is loud and makes a big ball of fire, perfect for tiny pocket rockets like the sa xds and kahr pm9 and very accurate on the sig 1911 TTT.
     

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    My load for my full size 1911's work great in my XDS.

    5.1gr of W231 behind a 230gr RN Berrys Plated, 1.260" - for plinking.

    I'm not a real precision shooter, so I look for loads that work well in all my guns of that caliber rather than fine tuning a load for a specific gun. Just me though.
     
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    185gr plated SWC 4gr Bullseye. Works like a charm. Extremely accurate.
     
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    Once I get the time, I will definitely be play with OAL and case length. Hopefully to find out where the failure to return to battery starts.
     
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    For range practice, I have settled on 4.3 grains of Titegroup, over a Hornady 230 FMJ bullet. Soft shooting, accurate, and runs flawlessly. Clean as well.

    Jim R
     
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    Steve,

    For general practice I shoot Hornady 230 gr. FMJ-FP bullets. I got 5,000 of them bulk as a deal some years ago and use them for practice in my 1911's and the XDS. With 5.0 gr. of Bullseye they have manageable recoil, function well, and are accurate. Although FMJ, I think they would do OK for defense with the FP. Pack a nice wallop! I also shoot 185 gr, XTP JHPs with 6.4 gr. of Bullseye as my defense load. They are moving smartly but the recoil is manageable in the XDS. Both loads function well in the XDS and my 1911s. BTW both loads using Winchester primers.

    Ed
     
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    I have always use Barnes 230gr hollow point bullets and 5gr Alliant Bullseye gunpowder with CCI primers - 1.2" OAL. Works great in all my 45ACP handguns.
     
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    PS: For the record I never use any reloads in my concealed carry guns - only for when I practice. Don't want to have to defend in court why I reload my own ammo if I ever have to pull my pistol - and then defend my actions.
     
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    As a guy that understands policy and procedures I understand this statement a little. As a guy that is very technical and by the book I do not understand why I would have to explain or defend my reloading in a court of law. In which case I can because I keep records, and they are within specifications.
    I guess if I choose to use reloads in my carry gun or home defense gun and trust them with my life, then I defend myself with them, I go to jail?
     
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    I use 230 grain bayou Burt's with 3.7 Clays. Pleasant load for target/practice shooting.
     
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    not that it matters all that much but presently I am using 4.3 gr. of titegroup topped with extreme 230gr hard cast a bit smokey, but gives a nice tight group out to 15 yards and they hit exactly the same as my SD load.... federal hydra-shok
     
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    Stranger things have happened. ;-) There are many case studies done (see books written by Masood Ayob) that support using only factory loads when carrying. If you want to argue the point in court - be my guest. I choose the path of least resistance - so that an anti-gun prosecutor cannot use it against me. It is a personal choice that we are all free to make.
     
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    One of the cases cited by Massad Ayoob (in which he was an expert defense witness) involved a shooting which the shooter claimed the shooting was an accident, and the victim was killed in a struggle for the gun. However, the autopsy report noted no powder burns, etc (so appeared not to be a close range shot) so the shooter was charged with homicide. Turned out he (shooter) was using handloads. In defense testing of the reloads, given the precise loading data, the defense tests noted that due to various characteristics, and at the distances involved, there was not the typical powder marks normally expected. However, the prosecution refused to test the handloads, claiming that there was no way to be absolutely sure that what was now being claimed as the components of the reload were the same as those used in the fatal shot. As a result, defense test results were not admitted in court. Prosecution tests of factory rounds all showed characteristic powder burns. So the charges stuck, and the shooter went to trial for homicide. That is one reason why experts like Ayoob recommend against the use of handloads for defense.

    Jim R
     
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    I load 200 swc and 4.1 grains of Trail Boss shoot very well.
    Rich
     
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    I'm loading 185 gr. RNHB Barry's Bullets with 4.5 grains of Clays.
     

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