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Old 03-04-2017, 08:38 AM
The Original Youngblood The Original Youngblood is offline
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My standard for .45acp 230gr FMJ is 5.0gr of Bullseye with a COAL of ~1.25".

It runs ~815fps in my 5" 45s and is very accurate.

From what I have read, this duplicates the original military load.

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Old 03-04-2017, 09:44 AM
a31b20 a31b20 is offline
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Location: California
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If you are not Locked into using 230 gr bullets try using a 185 gr plated bullet.
I have had good luck with the Berrys 185 hollow base Rn or the Extreme 185 gr Flat point...mild recoil and accurate.
Bullseye or Win 231 works well,have been using 231 of late with CCI large pistol primer..1.250 OAL ...light crimp using the Lee factory crimp die( also sizes the case back to factory specs at the same time) Brass seems to last forever..I lose it before it wears out.

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Old 03-04-2017, 11:17 AM
aimit aimit is offline
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HP 38 and W231 are now the same powder, made by the same company, sometimes even having the same lot number and is very good powder for 45ACP. AA#5 is also OK but requires more powder per round.

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Old 03-04-2017, 01:55 PM
ww2farmer ww2farmer is offline
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I load 45acp for two 1911's (both 5" full size), and two Smith and Wesson M&P 45's (one full size, one Shield)

230 grain plated round nose is all I use, and it's usually with 4.7 grains of Bullseye, seated to 1.250", with mixed brass, mixed large pistol primers, and a firm but not excessive taper crimp. 100% reliably cycling load in all those pistols, soft shooting, and as accurate as I am at handgun plinking range
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Old 03-04-2017, 03:23 PM
jmm jmm is offline
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Location: G'Boro, NC
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I've used Win 231 (or HP-38) for years. Switched to the Berry's 185gr Hollow Base Round Nose also, but this probably aren't legal for Service Matches.
Look for HP-38 over Win 231, it is usually $1 less per pound around here.
Win 231/HP-38 was unavailable during the shortage, I started with Titegroup. I was at the Greensboro Gunshow when one of the sellers brought in the the first shipment of Win 231. The other sellers reduced their price of Titegroup immediately, and I picked up several 1# bottles for less than $19 each.
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Old 03-05-2017, 06:44 AM
grumpa72 grumpa72 is offline
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Win 231/HP38 either 4.9 or 5.3 grains under a 230 bullet either lead or copper plated (thinner than copper jacket and cheaper but still acts like a fmj). I do them 500 at a time and try to always keep 1000 +/- on my shelf.
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Old 03-05-2017, 08:54 PM
plattincreek plattincreek is offline
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Location: Just south of St. Louis, Mo.
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My Colt Government Model has had a steady diet of cast 230 grain lead RN bullets over 5.0 grains of Bullseye for years and years. Perhaps not as hard as jacketed bullets but they still work just fine in my 1911.
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:54 PM
Pinecone Pinecone is offline
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I started with Bullseye, as a cheap college student. But found it very dirty, so switched to Unique.

Loaded that for MANY years, then switched to WW231. And have loaded that primarily for a lot of years.

I have some Clays to try for lower recoil loads for PA Steel Shoot matches.
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:07 PM
medalguy medalguy is offline
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Location: New Mexico
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Bullseye 5.0 gr for 230 gr FMJ has been pretty much the standard for oh, about 100 years.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:29 AM
bernie bernie is offline
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Location: Arkansas
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One of the things I like about loading for the .45 ACP is that there are so many options. I currently load 230 grain loads using HP38/Win231, but I have used lots of other powders. I have like those mentioned so far, but I have also had good results with Power Pistol.
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