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I like using 4.7-4.8 grains of titegroup, Large primers CCI, and Rainiers 200 grain SWC. It make a good light target load :idea: It works great using a 1911 barrel. If your 1911 won't eat Rainiers try using Lasecast .200 grain lead they will feed, they are a bit harder then most lead bullets.
 

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Nice post Vic, thanks for the info.
 

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Titegroup is my main "go to" powder but I kept hearing so many people bragging on the Clays powder for .45 that I had to try it. I loaded up some Precision 200gn at 1.150 OAL with Winchester primers and 4.3 grains of the Clays and have to admit, it is one sweet shooting load.

I still have about 6#'s of Titegroup but when it is gone, I may have to try some more of the Clays. :)
 

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I have used Clays and it works well I used 4.4 grain with Lasercast .200 grain RNSP so it fed perfectly. I usually use Titegroup but if they are out I buy some Clays. S/P you will like Clays try it you will like it lol.
 

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Power-Pistol seems to give me good results. I will try all your suggestions however as I have all the aforementioned powders.
 

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If you have some nice pet loads Snag please add them in. We handloaders are always looking for what works best in our pistols .
 

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I have only been reloading for about a year. My journal is still in its infant stages. When I hone in on some great ones I will let you know. I am concentrating on sharp 10mm loads right now. I believe 10's were meant to be shot with a stiff load so I am trying to find ones that equal DoubleTaps.:eek:
 

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Been shooting 255's almost exclusively for yrs. Main pin load (borders on +P in some manuals) is 5.0gr Unique 1.175-1.190 oal. Shoots great but IS on the warm side. For a lite load you can go down to 3.6gr Unique. Chrono'd 3.9gr Unique w/255 at 535fps avg. All my loads functioned with a 18# recoil soring.

Clays was OK until you pushed it on the warm side. Then it was the only time and powder that gave me lead in all my bbls.

Max velocity loads--nothing beats Power Pistol. Another plus to PP is the hotter you load, the cleaner it shoots. Tracy
 

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I use Winchester 231 in most of my 1911's. 5.2gr, Bushwacker 230gr RNL @ 1.235 COL works good for me. I do use Bullseye, Tight Group, Unique & Clays from time to time, but like the 231 best. I'm tyin to cut down on all of the different powders I have in the cabinent. I use these powders in my Taurus Tracker 455 revolver, & my GP100. I like Power Pistol with a 147gr FMJ for my Ruer KP89DC. :gun1:
 

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I am just getting back into loading , i keep hearing Winchester 231 for 45ACP a lot.

Waiting for my new equip to arrive in a week or so

I gotta go shopping and get my first power and bullets

thinking a 200 or 230 grain rd nose for target

any advice from you pros would be appreciated :cool:
 

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Hey Keith! Both 200 & 230r RN work well for target stuff. I use lead a lot for range work. For steel targets,230's are better I think.
Check out these folks for reloading supplies [email protected]
They have good prices. I'm not sure about shipping charges. I live about 20 minuets from there.:biggrin: Makes it pretty handy!
 

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Hey Keith! Both 200 & 230r RN work well for target stuff. I use lead a lot for range work. For steel targets,230's are better I think.
Check out these folks for reloading supplies [email protected]
They have good prices. I'm not sure about shipping charges. I live about 20 minuets from there.:biggrin: Makes it pretty handy!
Thanks man, what power and weight do you put under those?
 

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In my 1911's, I like to use 5.2gr of 231 with a col of 1.270 under a 230gr LRN. I bump the powder up .2gr for the 200gr LRN. This works well in my XD45's also. Check out www.handloads.org they have a bunch of loads in there. I keep trying diferent powders & COL's. That's part of the fun in reloading. Probably, every gun will perform better with a different load. It's something I keep working on, it just takes time. :gun1:
 

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I like using 4.7-4.8 grains of titegroup, Large primers CCI, and Rainiers 200 grain SWC. It make a good light target load :idea: It works great using a 1911 barrel. If your 1911 won't eat Rainiers try using Lasecast .200 grain lead they will feed, they are a bit harder then most lead bullets.
Went back through my reloading journal and found a great rating, by me, for this same load only I was using 230g RNFP from Rainer. I had suggested to myself that I try 5.0g next time.

Another I found that I rating highly was the 230g Rainer RNFP over 6.7g of Powerpistol.
 

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My pet load for a .40 Cal. is
.180 grain .400 dia Speer bullet TMJ
for a target load I like Tite group4.5 grains it will travel around 860 mzl vel.
 

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I guess my age is showing here, but I still use 3.6 grains of Bullseye under a Laser-Cast 200SWC. A very light load that delivers great accuracy out to 25 yards. If I need to go out to 50 yards I go with 3.9 grains.

I've used 231 and Clays, and while they're a bit cleaner I find I still prefer Bullseye because it works well in my 38 and 45 loads - and I still like the smell of it!
 

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I use 5 grains of Winchester 231, Winchester large pistol primers and either Rainier or Berry's 230 Grain FMJ bullets. This combo works well for me. Use at your own risk though!!!
 

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I guess my age is showing here, but I still use 3.6 grains of Bullseye under a Laser-Cast 200SWC. A very light load that delivers great accuracy out to 25 yards. If I need to go out to 50 yards I go with 3.9 grains.

I've used 231 and Clays, and while they're a bit cleaner I find I still prefer Bullseye because it works well in my 38 and 45 loads - and I still like the smell of it!
Hell, Trader...................If it wasen't for you old guy's, us young guy's wouldn't know nuttin'! :biggrin:
 
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