share your favorite .45 ACP load

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  1. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

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    new member of the family is due in a few weeks, Colt 1991 Government... want to know what to feed it, what are your favorite loads for:

    .45 ACP
    230 grain JHP or FMJ

    oh ya, one more thing, can I shoot .45 ACP +P loads in my gun?
  2. chubcobear

    chubcobear New Member

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    The classic military load 5.0 grains bullseye with 230 gr JRN
  3. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

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    is that classic load designed to go at 850-875 fps?
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    Berry Round Nose 230 Grain Plated Bullet.
    Large pistol primer (small if required, depends on your brass).
    6.0 grains Universal.
    COAL @ 1.26
    949 fps +/-

    This is a Hodgdon published load.
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  5. garydude

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    Me too- the very best I have found so far!

    With jacketed I get about 830 ish; with plated it's around 800 fps.
  6. myfriendis410

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    Why shoot a 230? I much prefer a 200 gr. cast Lyman or Hensley and Gibbs #68 with 5.0 gr. of Red Dot or Clays. You can make a pin load that gives about 930 fps by using 6.3 gr. of Unique.
  7. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

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    ^^^ why 230 gr? i dunno, i guess i was just looking at the design round... 200 gr sounds good as well... why would you shoot 200 gr instead of 230?

    LOL, I like your tag line "life is too short to shoot an ugly gun", I like to tell my wife when she asks why the gun costs so much i tell her life is too short to shoot an inaccurate gun...
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  8. cpttango30

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    Rainer 200gr RN

    5.5 gr Hodgdon Titegroup

    Any case

    Any Primer

    makes for a nice easy plinker load.

    I shoot 200 gr because I got a smokin deal on 5k bullets from midway.
  9. Shortybozz

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    Cast 228g LRN with 5.2 Unique. Pan lubed with no leading and great accuracy.
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    230grn Sierra HP 5.4grns W231 CCI-300 primer, 200grn golddot 9.4grns HS-6 CCI-300 primer for home defense. for target speer 185grn JSWC 5.6grns W231 CCI-300 primer.
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    I have 5 1911 pistols and all five love these two loads.

    For soft shooting and scary accurate target loads it is tough to beat the 200gr LSWC powered WST, my load is 4.9gr WST. Do a search for WST in the 45 and you will find it an accuracy favorite by just about everyone that has tried it. If you are not into lead, then 4.5gr WST with 230gr Zero,Precision Delta or Montana Gold FMJ or JHP.

    If you want speed and power, give Ramshot Silhouette a try. 8.0gr behind a 230gr JHP/FMJ will run over 950fps. Accuracy is excellent in my 1911's with Zero Brand and Hornady XTP 230gr JHP bullets.
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    i have lots but not a thing younger than 17 years , sorry eh , half the powders aint made no more , gun control at work ..
  13. myfriendis410

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    Why 200? Recoil is less stout than with the 230, and many of today's pistols are regulated for the lighter bullet (the fixed sight models often print way high with a 230). It will also do everything that you want to do with your gun and do it with authority.

    I cast for mine using the Lyman 200 gr. bullet and my own lube. I can load and shoot for my 1911 at just about the cost of shooting a .22.
  14. JLA

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    My fav for 230 is either 5 gr bullseye or 5.4 gr Hp38/W231. Either load is equal in performance but I find the bullseye edges out the Hp38/W231 load in the cleanliness dept.

    I also favor 200 gr SWCs over 5 gr Hp38. its a nice light target load that will punch clean one holers in a well tuned 1911.

    No need for +P in the .45ACP IMO. It is sufficent in power as a standard load for anything that walks on 2 legs inside of 50 yds. And paper dont care how fast the bulets flyin.

    Only time youd ever consider +P .45ACP is for a hunting trip, but I find std pressure XTPs are more than sufficient for deer and pigs too.
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    I agree with Josh on the +P's, I see no need for them at all. I use three loads for my .45. First one is AA #2, 4.8 grains, for a 230gr Hornady XTP, at 860fps. The second one is for a 230 grain ball, or FMJ, 8.7 grains of AA #5, for 930fps. For lead bullets I use a 230 grain RN bullet over 5.6 grains of AA #2, for 870fps.
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  16. Caneman

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    JLA, the prob I have is that i live in the environmental wacko zone and i have to carry a copper bullet or go to jail... Barnes only lists +P loads for the .45 ACP, can I use +P in my Colt Gov 1991 and be safe?
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    I wouldnt do it without an 18-20# recoil spring. The gun should come stock with an 18# spring so you should be OK. Just watch for signs of excessive battering where the slide meets the frame and recoil guide. Thatts where those +Ps are gonna take their toll. Watch the ejector too. I have seen +P ammo rip ejectors plum out of 1911s, it isnt common but it happens. There was no such thing as +P when JMB designed the 1911, just military ball, 230 gr of jacketed lead at ~825 fps.
  18. JLA

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    On a side note, you could use the Barnes XPB and download them over a chrony until they are running at standard velocity for a bullet that weight. Thats what I would do.
  19. oldpapps

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    I have standardize to 5.6 grains of 231 for all of my 45ACP loads (two exception, a shot load and another that will remain a mystery).
    This charge is used mostly for lead 200 grain SWC and for the few 225/230 grain LRN, they get the same.
    I don't waste my time/money with expanding bullets in my 45s. I don't think that the velocity is there to rely on expansion.
    That .451 chunk of soft lead does just fine and I think the 200s up the velocity a tad and the SWC profile will grab more than round or conical noses.
    I have been loading and using this combination for longer than I want to admit, well, I was using 230 powder before it was changes to 231.
    I get around 850FPS out of a 5 inch barrel and 970FPS out of a 16 1/2 inch barrel.
    I am happy with the load/s.

    OSOK
  20. The Duke

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    Serious stuff....Power Pistol, near max, 230g Speer Gold Dot

    Plunking....Tightgroup, 4.5 g, 230 gr RNL

    I dont know why I ever stopped shooting Bullseye in the ACP...It was always the most accurate powder/bullet (200g SWCL) that Ive ever used.
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