share your favorite .45 ACP load

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Caneman, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    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 Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    Central Arkansas
    The classic military load 5.0 grains bullseye with 230 gr JRN

  3. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    is that classic load designed to go at 850-875 fps?
  4. dbach

    dbach Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Trinity, TX
    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.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2011
  5. garydude

    garydude Member

    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

    myfriendis410 Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lompoc California
    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

    Oct 22, 2010
    ^^^ 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...
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2011
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    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

    Shortybozz New Member

    May 31, 2011
    Cast 228g LRN with 5.2 Unique. Pan lubed with no leading and great accuracy.
  10. oldgunfan

    oldgunfan Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    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.
  11. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    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.
  12. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    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

    myfriendis410 Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lompoc California
    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

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    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.
  15. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    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.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
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