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Old 11-13-2011, 08:53 AM
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Any Favorite WST loads for 45 ACP




My new Les Baer 45 will be at my FFL next week. Have read some comments that Winchester Special Target is a very accurate, clean powder for 45 ACP. Anyone have any favorite WST recipes for:

-200 grain plated RN bullets
-230 grain LRN bullets
-185 grain LSWC bullets

Plan on loading some WST, some Clay's, and some Bullseye if I can find a pound - most shops have it in large containers only.

Comments appreciated.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:05 AM
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Never used it, but I thought it was Winchester "Super" Target, not "Special".
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:15 AM
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I like it, 4.7 gr. with a 200 gr. swc. around 850fps out of a 5" RIA.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:36 AM
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Super target it is!!
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:46 AM
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My pet WST 45 load is 4.3 under a 200 LSWC. It's a pretty light load but will run most factory sprung 1911s. It's a fovorite load in my Mono Heavy. You might want to try 3.8 Clays with the same bullet. 4.0 Bullseye with a 200 LSWC would also be a good break-in load for your new Baer.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:23 AM
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I've used 4.9 grains WST with a 200 gr. JHP. Used 4.2 with a 230 gr. LRN. But I've lately been using Solo 1000 and find it is much cleaner and more accurate with those same bullets.


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Old 11-13-2011, 11:54 AM
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I've used 4.9 grains WST with a 200 gr. JHP. Used 4.2 with a 230 gr. LRN. But I've lately been using Solo 1000 and find it is much cleaner and more accurate with those same bullets.


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What gr you using on the Solo 1000?
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:46 PM
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I only load 200gr lswc and 230 gr ball and I use 5.1gr in both loads. The guy I buy my bullets from recommended this load and I like it.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:59 PM
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4.7 WST & Oregon Trails 200 LSWC. 5" Springfield, extremley accurate and soft to shoot
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:06 PM
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5 gr.WST with self cast 200 gr,SWC.Functions in all my 45s and others that have shot them.COLD
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:23 PM
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I use 5.0 grains of WST under a 230 grain "black bullet" with great success. I've tried other powders but I keep coming back to WST.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:37 PM
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I'm using 4.8 gr. of WST under a 200 gr. Dardas lswc and have been very happy. FWIW, with my gun (Remington R1, 5" barrel, I started at 4.3 gr. and went up .1 gr. at a time and the grouping slowly tightened until I hit 4.8 gr. No change at 4.9 and then the groups started to open up as I went higher. Don't have a chrono, so no clue what f.p.s. is.

YMMV, and all the usual disclaimers. I want to try 185 gr. lswc sooner or later.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:16 PM
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What gr you using on the Solo 1000?

I'm using 4.8 with the 230 grain LRN. I am still on the starting load for the 200 JHP at 5.2.


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Old 11-13-2011, 05:35 PM
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I like 4.8 gr of WST with a Zero 230 FMJ through my 1911s. Very Accurate!
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:51 PM
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For me it's 4.8 grains under my own 200 grain LSWC.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:16 PM
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I like it, 4.7 gr. with a 200 gr. swc. around 850fps out of a 5" RIA.
Ditto with a Springer Longslide. It's my USPSA load.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:05 PM
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4.2gr under a 230 LRN. 4.7gr under a 230 FMJ.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:05 PM
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According to my magic database

WST 4.1 to 4.3 gr under 200 plated SWC or 200 plated RN.

WST 4.3 to 4.6 under 185 JHP.

These are light loads but run with my standard recoil springs in my 1911s.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:49 PM
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200gr LSWC H&G style 68 from Penn.OAL 1.250 4.9 WST. Going around 845 fps out of my Baer P2. I have shot 1000s of this load.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:20 AM
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4.9gr WST, 200gr Missouri Bullet LSWC, 1.250
4.5gr WST, 230gr Zero Brand FMJ/JHP, Montana Gold JHP/FMJ.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:39 AM
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4.8 gr of WST with either 200gr SWC @ COAL 1.245" or 200gr RNFP @ COAL 1.200", are the loads in my 5" Kimbers for USPSA Single Stack. Last time I chrono'd these loaded, made around 177 PF, IIRC.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:46 PM
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Thanks for the input guys. Will be loading a couple of hundred 185's tomorrowwith 4.3 - 4.8 WST.
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:10 PM
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289fia - Load range sounds good to me. However, I would suggest that a couple hundred is a large number for initial testing of a new load in a new gun. Be careful in setting your OAL, use the barrel out of the gun for your gage to verify OAL and taper crimp. I moved from Miami in 1965. I had lived on the edge of the 'glades for years so it was no sweat to shoot, guess things have changed now.
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