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Old 03-03-2013, 07:02 PM
buttstock buttstock is offline
 
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Default actual 45 acp hardball loads for EIC competition?

Would you mind sharing what you are using for your EIC / distinguished / leg match 45 acp hardball loads?

Powder name and charge?
OAL length?
230 grain RN bullet mfg?
crimp amount?
primer?
accuracy at 25/50 yards?
Any tricks or tidbits you'd be kind enough to share with your 45 acp hardball reloading?
Does mixed headstamp brass make that much of a difference for accuracy, compared to same headstamp brass (and is there a headstamp/brand to avoid, or to seek?)

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:11 PM
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4.5 grains of Bullseye
Speer or Star bullets
taper crimp at .470
Winchester Large Pistol
WCC brass
Not sure about groups at 50 yards since I don't have a Ransom Rest but I've shot in the low 90's with that load
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:32 PM
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I've got bullseye. got 230gr sierra and mixed cases. all I have is LP magnum primers. Do you have a starting load, some one told me 750 fps was the goal.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:12 PM
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Thanks, I can load rifle but pistols are greek to me, just too short and no butt stock.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:12 PM
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LP magnum primers are not going to cause any exteme pressures, but if you're concerned, you can start at 4.0 grains of Bullseye and see how they perform.

The accuracy load in my old Lyman manual is 3.5 grains of BE with the 230 grain bullet. It does work at 25 yards, but I was not pleased with it's performance at 50 yards, so I've stuck with the 4.5 grain load.

Military hardball is loaded to around 820 to 850 fps, but anything close to that velocity will work.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:41 PM
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Thank you, I will start there and work up.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:34 PM
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4.8 Titegroup or 5.1 N320

WLP primer, good brass like Starline

Match the specs for length.

Don't be afraid to bite the crimp into the bullet .002. i.e. .004 under straight wall diameter
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:29 PM
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The Sierra 230 GR FMJs are supposed to be the gold standard for bullets right now, but I've had equally good results with Zero.

Most people load softball for the 25 yard line to stay competitive with the M9 shooters. I tended not to worry about accuracy too much at the short line, and I just loaded ammo that would reliably cycle the pistol.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:01 PM
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Remington or Hornady 230 gr RN, 4.3 grs Bullseye, Winchester primer and Federal GM case. I have had plenty of luck with Winchester USGI ball ammunition at 50yds. Most of the softer loads do not perform well at 50yds. I've ran high 90's with this load at 25yds.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:11 AM
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FWIW, my recommendation is to use factory match (Atlanta Arms, ASYM, or Federal in that order) for 50 and reloads for 25. I use 4.5 of Bullseye, Win. FMJ and primers. I load cases without regard for brand and sort out enough Win cases for matches. I don't think it really matters, but I do it just in case. 25 reloads are noticeably lower in recoil than factory I use at 50.
I use factory at 50 because the 230 has to be pushed pretty hard to be accurate at 50, but since I can shoot so few EIC matches each year that I don't mind the few extra dollars for a couple of boxes of factory.
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