200 SWC 45 ACP load suggestions

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  1. smlranger

    smlranger New Member

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    My older brother is downsizing his reloading and gave me 500 Rainer 200 gr. SWC bullets. I'd like to load something fairly soft for target shooting. I've got some AA#2, Win 231 and some Bullseye. Just looking for any favorite loads.
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    I'd take the 231 and do some work-ups with your gun, it's my favorite powder for 45acp. Followed closely by Titegroup.
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    All three of the powders you have will work well, look up data, load em and enjoy. Me I like WST above all else in my 45s
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    I've been using 231 behind 200gr SWCs in my 1911s.
    6.5gr of WW231 is getting me 900fps. Start at published data minimums and work up for your own pistol though.
    My PT1911 likes this particular load but my Springfield doesn't really care for it.

    If you're looking for a lighter load, try 850fps or so...but most important is get the load to cycle your pistol. Functioning is more important than the velocity.
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  5. JLA

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    3.8 gr W231. Sam gimme that load and it shoots great
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    One of my favorite IPSC loads was 6.5/231 under a 200 grs H&G bullet.:D
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    3.8gr for 200grs .45ACP?
    That's under the min load in all the manuals I've got...they all list around 5.0gr as a starting load.
    What are you getting for velocity and what lb mainspring are you using with it?
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    Looking at the Hodgdon load data for 200gr LSWC, it shows a starting load of 4.4 gr for 231. My Sierra manual only has data for 200 gr JFP and it shows 5.0 of 231 as starting load.
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    bout' 700 fps and a 12# variable spring. You wont find that load in any manual. Sam used it many many years in competition and he was gracious enough to share it with me and it shoots wondefully. With the soft recoil it produces it is not hard to shoot inch or better groups within 15 yds.
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    I found all plated bullets, and the SWC bullets in particular, to be amazingly inaccurate and a waste of my money. Hope yours work better.
    4.1-5.0gn 231/HP38 (5.6-6.0gn for hardball)
    3.2-4.2gn AA2
    3.5-4.5gn Bullseye
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    Expensive too! The plated guys have become very proud of their bullets, pricing them right up there with true jacketed. No more plated for me, true jacketed or cast lead.
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