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Old 04-06-2010, 02:41 PM
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Reliability of 255 gr SWC 45 ACP in 1911




For those few of you who load the 255 gr lead SWC in 45 ACP for the 1911 I would like your experience with reliability. I know it is used in competition ie Pin Matches, but I am thinking more of SD or hunting. How reliable is it in your experience? By reliable I mean FTF, or other gun malfunctions.
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Old 04-06-2010, 03:13 PM
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I have loaded them in the past just to see if they would work OK. They fed just fine and were very accurate also. I tested them in a full-size, commander-size, and Defender (3"). IIRC, the OAL the worked for me was a little shorter than I expected, but still the bullet shoulder was about .030" above the case mouth.
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Old 04-06-2010, 03:32 PM
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I have loaded them in the past just to see if they would work OK. They fed just fine and were very accurate also. I tested them in a full-size, commander-size, and Defender (3"). IIRC, the OAL the worked for me was a little shorter than I expected, but still the bullet shoulder was about .030" above the case mouth.
Thanks. I am thinking of getting either 255 gr SWC from either Rimrock or Penn. I need to find out from Robert P what the meplat is on his SWC to see if it is bigger than Rimrock's version. As an aside I found out via e-mail that Rimrock makes the 255 gr FP for Buffalo Bore's +P ammo at 925 fps, but the meplat is smaller than their SWC of the same weight.
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:40 PM
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Mine are reliable enough that 2 yrs ago I got a 10K order. Other than the NRA Action Pistol (powder puff loads w/230 rnl), I haven't loaded or shot anything else. I've prob got a total of 50K+ 255gr rds thru all my guns. I've got a total of approx 15 malfs with them in the beginning while I was figuring out the oal. All my guns like 1.175-1.190....right at or just below the crimp groove.
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:13 PM
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Many years ago I loaded Bull-X 255 LSWCs for pin loads. I would really have to do some digging to get you any data. I ran them through a modified Colt Series 80 without any problems. HTH
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:31 PM
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I am thinking of getting either 255 gr SWC from either Rimrock or Penn. I need to find out from Robert P what the meplat is on his SWC to see if it is bigger than Rimrock's version.

The Penn version is a larger meplat than the Rimrock
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:15 PM
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Thanks Travis Two and everyone else who responded. The wealth of info from you guys is invaluable.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:28 PM
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255gr SWC

I was recently informed that Mike Mcnett of Double Tap Ammunition has started producing 255gr +P SWC hard cast. He charges $41 per box of 50. I personally have not used this load but have been extremely satisfied with his 230gr HP and FP loads. Link: http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/cat...332355ae4ae7f0
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:32 PM
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Little pricey bullet at that!
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:07 AM
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that would make an excellent woods carry load
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:05 AM
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225 gr fp

Ck out this bullet for your use. It has been 100% in three 1911's and loads real nice.

http://mastercast.net/cast_bullets.htm
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:14 PM
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The 255 I've used is from Beartooth. It has a very large meplat, but feeds well if loaded short. In my gun, 1.150. Recoil isn't bad. I've loaded it as high as 975 in a 5", but about 875 seems right. I did ask that mine be sized .451 as the .452 were a tad tight. FWIW, Ed
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:12 AM
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I'm just loading some 255 gr SWC from a local caster. Pins on Thursday.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:55 AM
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Utterly.

(my guns prefer an OAL of 1.190").
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