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Old 07-31-2012, 09:43 AM
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WSF powder for .45 acp




Anyone using it?
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:22 AM
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WSF is pretty much Unique just a bit slower burning. I like it in the .45 ACP well enough I guess but then I like pushing 230 grain bullets at the higher end of the .45's velocity spectrum. Like Unique I think it performs best when loaded above the mid-range velocity/pressure levels so for lighter, target/game loads I'd fall back on W231 or WST, personally. So yeah, WSF has it's place, it just depends on what you're trying to accomplish with the load and whether or not WSF meets those particular needs.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:39 AM
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I use WSF for 9mm and .40, but I don't like it much for .45. It's OK for .45 using a lighter bullet, like 185 grain. That's just my taste. I have a friend who uses WSF almost exclusively.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:22 PM
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I love WSF for my .40 and 9mm was just wondering if people used it for .45 acp if I just picked up components and used powder on hand
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:09 PM
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I use WSF for .45 acp.
I run 6.1 or 6.2 gr over 230gr FMJ's with very good results (YMMV!)
That is a near max load, so you know all the warnings, build them up yourself.
etc...

online loading manual:

http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp


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Old 07-31-2012, 03:45 PM
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I've been happy with WSF under 200 and 230 jacketed bullets. It preforms well and is pretty clean as powders go. As HFish said in post 2, it is similar to Unique (and meters a little better), but works best in the upper half of the load range.

Like you, I find it a really good 40 powder and I prefer it under 147 gr. 9mm loads.
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:45 PM
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Thanks fellas
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:48 AM
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In 45 ACP, I use WSF for my bowling pin loads. It's a slower burning pistol powder that works well in some applications. My load is the 255 SWC with 5.8 of WSF. My target loads are with WST because you get more loads per pound of powder.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:21 PM
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I tend to use rather light loads in my 45 ACP and therefore prefer a faster burning powder such as WST, American Selct or VV N-310. IOf you are pushing jacketed bullets at near maximum velocities and pressures then WSF would be a good choice. I do use WSF in all my 9mm and some 40 S&W loads.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:32 PM
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I use WSF for my 230gr .45s. Usually Zero bullet, 1.260 COAL, and 6.2gr of WSF. Comes in about 775fps. Don't know how it would do for bullseye but has worked well for me in IDPA.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:58 PM
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I use WSF for my 230gr .45s. Usually Zero bullet, 1.260 COAL, and 6.2gr of WSF. Comes in about 775fps. Don't know how it would do for bullseye but has worked well for me in IDPA.
I tried this once for Bullseye, I won't do it again...

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Old 08-02-2012, 06:55 PM
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WST is ideal for 45. Clean and soft shooting!
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:10 PM
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I use WSF for .45 acp.
I run 6.1 or 6.2 gr over 230gr FMJ's with very good results (YMMV!)
That is a near max load, so you know all the warnings, build them up yourself.
etc...

online loading manual:

http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp


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Wouldn't it work better if the 6.1 to 6.2 gr of WST was under the bullet? Sorry, I know what you meant. But sometimes I just can't help being a smart ass. I really do appreciate the load info.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:51 PM
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Wouldn't it work better if the 6.1 to 6.2 gr of WST was under the bullet? Sorry, I know what you meant. But sometimes I just can't help being a smart ass. I really do appreciate the load info.
You are quite correct - and you did make me chuckle

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:20 PM
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WSF for .45acp

I am brand new to reloading. Only powder I could find was WSF, so I bought a pound and put together 10 rounds to test. Used cci largebpistol primers, 5.9 grains of WSF, and 230 grain fmj Winchester round nose bullets. 10 fired well so I made 50 more and hit the range yesterday. Was pleased with the groups at 17 yds but noticed the brass is really dirty. I am wondering if increasing the load to 6.1-6.2 will help this and also what your ocl is with this charge?
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:07 PM
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I tried WSF for target loads (175) PF) 45 acp. Using Winchester cases and Federal Large Pistol primers I got over 100fps extreme spread in my revolver and some unburned powder. I went back to faster powders for target loads.

WSF has given great results for me in 9mm with 115gr and 124gr FMJ bullets.

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Old 03-10-2013, 11:56 PM
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WSF is the only powder I use for 9mm and .45 ACP. Meters much better than the Unique I used to use. It works great for me so I keep using it.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:57 PM
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Jmpettit your brass should be cleaner as well as your pistol if you incrementally up the charge. A lot of powders burn cleaner at the upper charge weights, 231 is another one that typically does. You will need to do a workup slowly to see if it does for you. For your overall length do the "plunk test" and see what fits your barrel. I usually load round nose to about 1.25.
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