I am trying to get a conscenous on which powder will work the best in my .45 ACP. I will be loading my cartridges using 200gr. SWC cast bullets and the Lee Loadmaster progressive press. Please respond with your powder preference and reason(s). Thanks.
I've been reloading 45ACP with 200 grain SWC's for many years. Most of the time I use Bullseye. 4.0 grains for a target load (May require a softer spring) and 4.5 grains for anything else. Recently loaded a batch with W231 (HP38). Used 4.4 grains for a target load.
I've shot targets competitively for quite a few years and have always reloaded using cast 200-gr. SWC over 4.0 grains of Bullseye. I use a somewhat larger charge of Bullseye in my .45 ACP "defense loads" as well, with 185-grain Speer Gold Dot Hollow Points.
The nice thing about Bullseye is that it works nicely with target and defense loads for other calibers such as 9mm Luger and .38 Special. Unless you like keeping a lot of other pistol powders on hand, you can't go wrong with Bullseye. The down side is that it is dirty, at least in my opinion ... but then so are a lot of others.