Don't give up on lead boolits!! With the proper fit and hardness, they perform as well as or better than jackets. The two leading causes of leading is improper fit and harness ... as for clean-up, I have more problems with dirty powders than I do with the lead boolits ... just a thought!!Magnum man said:Yeah, the accuracy crossed my mind. I'm really looking to make a load for just plinking around. I don't like using lead bullets. Too much of a mess to clean up for me. Some folks might like cleaning the lead out. I don't.
You are right subgunfan. I shoot "Cowboy Action" with Ruger Vaqueros in .45 Colt. I size my boolits .451 and have never had a problem with them. I have cranked some made with wheel weights up well past 1000 feet per second(old model Vaqueros) with no significant leading and they were accurate. Before some rule lawyer jumps on my case about the SASS maximum velocity rule, the 1000 fps+ loads were not for competition, they were for experimenting with what the .45 Colt would do.With pure wheel weights and "properly" sized & lubed, lead bullets should be good to about 1200fps without leading the barrel.
I have loaded and shot some .451 JHPs in 45 Colt, but so far only for chrono, not accuracy. Chronoed very well (low E.S.).