New 45acp load using unique & 200gr lswc
New load for me anyway. I've been using 5.5grns of bullseye with 200 grn lswc lately and getting great results form my Les Baer 1911 premier II 5" barrell.
Well wouldn't you know it. I ran out of powder so I went to bass pro (s)hoping to get some new powder maybe some titegroup or powerpistol not neseccarily for the 200gr lead bullets but because I read a lot of good articles and threads on this powder being accurate in the 1911. Of course they had neither one as usual (guess I need to have them order it). Man I hate stupid gun laws. Sorry getting off the subject. Anyway I picked up a lb. of unique. Thought it would be different but when I got home I realized I already had unique and a lot of it. (next time - I drive an hour remember to make a note of what I already have and exactly what I want).
Well I got it, might as well use it. Here is what I tried and I what I came up with so far in case anyone needs a reference. I know I will 3 months from now. (Also - if anyone knows a good load for unique, red dot, blue dot with 200grn lead swc for 45acp please let me know so I may use up the rest of my powder). Also my 1911's seem to prefer the max loads better with the 18lb springs I have in them.
All loads below are using Win lage pistol primers and various 45acp brass with 200grn lead SWC bullets and set to 1.19oal
First try with unique:
4.2grns - shot four or five rounds barely wanted to cycle and seem to ftf on the 2nd or 3rd shot. Lots of powder left in the barrel. Used the .53 lee auto disk per the Lee 2nd edition modern reloading which states max chare of 5.1 grns.
Second try with unique:
4.6-4.8grns - shot much better but this sill a little light for my gun. Ocassional ftf and some powder in the barrel. used the .57 disk.
3rd try with unique:
5.0 grns - Ah this feels better and it is cycling just fine. A little powder left in the barrel, but seems to be the same as compared to the bullseye powder loads. I will stop with this load and give it a try at the range in the next few days. Accuracy seems to be 1" or less freehanded at 20 yards with the 3 rounds I shot in my back yard.
I will load up a couple of hundred rounds and see how it does as far as reliable and grouping out to 50 yrds on a rest. The gun I'm using is guarenteed to shoot 1.5" at 50yards so that will give me something to go far. I know with the 5.5-5.8grns of bullseye I was putting them in the same hole at 7yds and all touching at 15 yards free handed but that has been about the just of my accuracy testing.
After I shoot these rounds I may go up to 5.2-5.3grns of unique to see what it will do.
Thanks to all and any who cares. Now I will contiue my search for other loads with these 3 powders and 200grn lead bullets.