PistolWorld.com banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
39 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Here is what I loaded:

Winchester WLP Primer
4.6gr Red Dot
230gr Cast Lead .452 bullet (ZERO brand)

Had a "snappier" recoil but less recoil than WWB or Rem UMC 230 grain loads. I suspect it is due to Red Dot being a fast burning powder.

No leading with 50 rounds to speak of, normal cleaning had the bore and breech clean.

Smokes a bit more than WWB/UMC loads.

Might switch to a slower burning powder, but for now they work, and It is the same powder I use for my shotgun reloads.

Accuracy, I was grouping 4-5 inches at 15 yards, while this is not stellar accuracy, this is about what I shoot with factory loads, althogt I have been getting better, thanks to an older Marine who has been giving me pointers.

Right now I am landing >95% shots COM at 15 yards and under. I am hoping to get that to 99% (Gonna have that occasional "flyer") and get my group sizes down, then move on to the 25 yard and try to improve on my shooting there.

This load is costing $3.98/50 with the best local price being WalMart WWB for $18/100. At less than 1/2 price, it will not take too long to recoup my cost for getting set up.

Any powder suggestions, for what to try? I am thinking Bullseye or PowerPistol. The range shop has IMR and Hogdon powders as well, at prices that are competitve with online to the point that I would have to buy 10+ pounds to recoup the Hazmat fee.

I have a Lee ProDisk powder measure, Red Dot seems to meter OK, but I think it may be the largest flake powder I can load.

I am loading on a Lee Pro 1000 that was given to me, with the intention that it will be passed on for the same deal when I upgrade.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
640 Posts
I last loaded with Winchester WSF (Super Field) and am fairly happy with it. Very popular powders are Unique and Universal with the latter being somewhat cleaner. Other powders I've used are; TiteGroup (reallyliked and will likely use in the future), Bullseye (good powder but dirty), Power Pistol (locally expensive for some reason otherwise similar to TiteGroup), Herco (dirty), Winchester Super Target (good combo of cheap and fairly clean but no longer available locally), Clays (clean but expensive), Winchester 231 (can get some really good deals at times), and long ago some IMR and Accurate Arms powers I don't remember the numbers of off hand. I typically use whatever shotgun powders I have on hand that are applicable and do not have a favorite. They all have given me adequate accuracy for my purposes so cost is the driving factor.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
158 Posts
That Red Dot load is mild and works with no leading.uglydog pegged it--use what is at hand and you can buy at the most reasonable cost :wink: I don't think you will gain any advantage by switching to a higher priced powder :!:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
318 Posts
For my 45ACP reloads I use AA #5. This is a semi round ball powder which due to shape and size is very consistant in a standard powder measure. It also burns extremly clean.
With 230 RN lead if you used 8.0 grains it would yield about 900 fps.
Hope this helps.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
Rev.

Your load is just shy of the classic Gunsight reload of 4.7 gr. of Red Dot with 230 cast RNL. The 4.7 load is my standard .45ACP load. I find it shoots to the same POI as most factory ball. My Chrony shows a consistant 775-785 fps depending on powder lot.

RMc
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
133 Posts
hodgdon TiteGroup is my preference in .45ACP reloads.

I really like it. I think it's pretty clean - and consistent in terms of how it drops. I found the accuracy of my reloads really varied so I started doing some checking of bullets. Some of the bullets out there can vary as much as + or - 2 full grains - which is a lot. I noticed the biggest variation in the less expensive bullets like "Rainier" and "West Coast".

I shifted all of my bullets over to "Montana Gold" and all of my groups tightened up quite a bit. I'm getting more accuracy in my groups now that I did with Win Clean factory ammo in the .45 ACP
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top