Loading 45ACP with Lower Weight Bullets

Discussion in 'Reloading/Ammunition' started by CajunBP, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. CajunBP

    CajunBP Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I was considering reloading some 200gr or 185gr for the family, and if it would save a little money, so much the better. I know I will have to drop spring weight, but I am a little new to reloading and was just curious if anyone had any issues with feeding (better or worse) or if there was any sage words of wisdom out there. It probably goes without saying, but this is for 1911s. thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mesquite

    Mesquite Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    THANKS for sharing, im thinking about same.
     
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  3. SubGunFan

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    Drop spring weight only if you are going to shoot reduced loads.
     
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  4. SubGunFan

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    Try a 200gr SWC with 5.5gr of 231.

    With same spring.
     
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  5. Ellis93

    Ellis93 Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Fwiw......I always start at min load data and work down till the slide doesn't pick up the next round,then bump up from there.
    I haven't fooled around with any of my 45s recoil springs
     
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  6. Dave

    Dave Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

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    It is fairly easy to load either weight bullet and use the same slide spring. I load a 200 grain Montana Gold bullet using WST powder and use the factory weight spring without any problems. As the bullet weight goes down you increase the amount of powder. Powder is the cheapest component in reloading, so it isn't much of a factor in the cost per round. The only exception is when you switch from US powders to something like the VV powders. Those are more expensive here since they are imports.
     
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  7. Soonered

    Soonered Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    OK..I load a 155 SWC for my target loads running at 1,200+ fps. They are flat shooting, no recoil and don't have to adjust POA when shooting steel.
     
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  8. osiek

    osiek Distinguished Poster

    I cast and shoot 200 grain simiwadcutters in all my 1911’s and havent changed a thing. Have used unique,bullseye & 231. All functions the action just fine
     
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  9. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    Interesting might have to try this load.

    But I use 200 and 230 with no problem.
     
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  10. Soonered

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    Its a load I got from Sum Guy for competition.
     
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  11. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    Lol I thought it sounded like Mr Sum.
     
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  12. phillipd

    phillipd Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

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    Talk to Sum Gy when his phone is back up. When I was helping him and Ms. Diana go through her dad's stuff there were thousands of rounds of 185gr .45 ammo that he had loaded for personal use and sales for bulls eye competition. Seems that at one time that was the preferred round for competition 1911's in .45
     
  13. patchz

    patchz Court Jester

    That's true, it was.
     
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  14. Soonered

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    Let me know if you want me to send his recommended load data.
     
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  15. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    Yes Sir I would definitely like to get it.
     
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  16. chevy427

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    I just started loading Xtreme 200gr plated round nose. I started with 5.2 grains of 231 and worked up. Length is 1.25. I didn't change springs. Feeds perfect, low recoil and is very accurate.
     
  17. BasMstr

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    Wouldn't mind having that data myself......:D
     
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  18. Soonered

    Soonered Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Dave,

    The next time you make a Montana Gold order, I'd be interested in going in on it to get the price down.
     
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  19. Dave

    Dave Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

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    That may not be happening for a few months. I just got more about a week ago. I will contact you before the next order.
     
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  20. CajunBP

    CajunBP Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Thanks Ed, I would take the load data.
     
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