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The brown truck of happiness will be bringing my 45 dies and some other assorted goodies. I cant wait, my sig will be going off for refinishing so my Para LTC will be my main shooter for a while.

Has anyone used the hornady jacketed flat points for 45? That is what I have been using in my 357 sig and they work great but I am just starting reloading 45 so any advice on bullet selection would be helpful.

Now I realize I misspelled bullet :(
 

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Are you wanting to stick to jacketed bullets? If so, Zero makes a good jacketed bullet in RN or HP. I personally use the 200gn RN moly coated bullets from Precision. They are very consistent in weight, reasonably priced and Dave is a great guy to do business with.
 

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I think the first thing any of us would ask you is this - what are you going to use the bullets for?

Most of us have target loads, competition loads, etc. For lead bullets, jacketed bullets, etc.

If you can be a bit more specific I think you'll get some great advice here.
 

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They will be target loads, I have never loaded lead bullets but if I can save a significant amount I would probably give it a shot.
 

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Well, you should get a lot of good advice on that.

For my 1911, my favorite target load, out to 25 yards, is a 200 grain LSWC (lead semi wad cutter) with a load of 3.6 grains of Bullseye with a Federal primer. Now that's a fairly light load, so you'll want to make sure it will cycle your gun before you load too many of them.

Cabella's has Oregon Trail Laser Cast on sale for $52 / 1000 and I think about $9 shipping. In today's market, that's a pretty decent price for a good bullet.
 

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I've had good luck with Zero, Berry, and Ranier.
 

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They will be target loads
Some of the most accurate loads I've reloaded so far, were lead bullets in a semi wadcutter config.
(which is a flat nose)

imHo, no reason to spend mo-money on jacketed bullets for 45 auto target load velocities in "non" polygonal rifled barrel.
I don't 'think" there are any 1911s with polygonal rifling like a Glock barrel

Lead bullets are 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of jacketed bullets.

I do buy "plated" bullets too, simply because they're cleaner working with in the reloading proccess
Either Rainier or Berry's.
They're le$$ than a true jacketed bullet, but still more than lead.


..L.T.A.
 

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I reload a lot, mostly 45acp. I use a 200g lead semi wad cutter bullet, currently the Oregon Trail Laser Cast ('cause I got them at a good price). I have used other brand of bullets with equal results. Superb accuracy is obtainable with these (or any other quality lead bullet) if the reloading is done with accuracy in mind.

My preferred load: 200g bullet, 5.3g W231, WLP primer, crimp to .469", OAL 1.250".

I am a fan of the Lee Factory Crimp Die. Others are not. You'll have to decide for yourself.

I have read where some guys have had guns that choke on a cartridge loaded with a 200g LSWC bullet. I have never had a 1911 that would not reliably feed this bullet.
 

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For Lead I use Lasercast .200 grain SWC with 4.8-5.0 of Titegroup
For Jacket Bullets I use Rainers SWC .200 grain and 5.0 of titegroup.
Both function flawless in ever .45 I own. lasercast lead bullets are a bit harder then most are and will not gall up
 

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My "standard" 45acp load is a 200gr LSWC with 4.5gr Promo. This chrono's at about 800fps from a 5" barrel. I used to use Titegroup and then stumbled upon Promo powder. It's made by Alliant and has a burn rate almost identical to Red Dot. The reason I like it is it's cost.......about $75 for an 8# jug.
 

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If I get some of the RN 230 Laser cast bullets do i have to change out my Seat die from the Dillon, I have been using RN 230 DS Berry's Plated, And i noticed that there is a slight flat top and not as a pronounced shoulder on Oregons, I have the Dies set and locked in Perfect for Berry's....
 

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Plinking: you probably won't have to switch the seat die, but I'm sure you'll be checking OAL.

Rod, welcome to the forum - glad you made it.
 
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