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Old 02-09-2008, 09:45 PM
texshooter texshooter is offline
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Does anyone here use Herco for .45acp?

I'm curious about using Alliant's Herco for .45. Haven't yet but I was looking at Alliant's online reloading data and it looks like a good powder for full power loads.

I would like to get opinions from more experienced reloaders before I buy a bottle of the stuff.

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Old 02-10-2008, 06:16 AM
WESHOOT2 WESHOOT2 is offline
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If you mean by "full power" +P territory

Then I most highly recommend Alliant Power Pistol, and Vihtavuori Oy N350, ONLY, for 230g-and-up bullet weights.

How fast do you wanna go?
"all my ammo is mostly-retired factory ammo"
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:00 AM
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Never used Herco because after I found Power Pistol, there was no need to look further. Full power loads shoot cleaner with Power Pistol. The hotter you go, the cleaner it shoots. Low power target loads are just as, if not dirtier than Bullseye. Tracy

P.S., only reason NOT to use Power Pistol is not being able to find it.
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1996 Colt Special Combat 45 ACP(Carry version-Blued w/Nite sites-wife's), 1998 SA Comped Longslide 45 Super/45-08 Armco, 1997 SA V-10-wife's 04/98-Lee P1K, 10/15-XL-650
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:14 PM
tlen tlen is offline
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My favorite .45 ACP pin load is 6.2 gr Herco with a 225 LTC bullet.
I have found HERCO great for all my pistol & revolver reloading from target loads to heavy and/or magnum loads in .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, .44 Magnum, 45 ACP. Since Herco has a burn rate between Unique and Blue Dot it can span the gap between target and moderate loads that one would use faster burning Unique and heavy/magnum loads that one would use slower burning Blue Dot. Some will say that HERCO is dirty but I've never experienced any problems in the many years I've been using it and all my weapons clean up nicely. Also when you buy a single power you benefit in bulk discount pricing especially in an 8# keg. Locally I've found HERCO is ~20% cheaper than Unique or Blue Dot.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:23 PM
larryf1952 larryf1952 is offline
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When I first began reloading in 1976, Herco was 1 of the 1st powders that I used. I used it for 9mm and some .357 loads. It worked very well in 9mm, and pretty well in .357 for less than full power loads. I hung onto it for a long time, but I began to grow weary of using it in 9mm because the flakes are so large, and consistent metering of those small charges through my RCBS powder measure was difficult to maintain. I ended up having to trickle and weigh almost every round to ensure that they were loaded at my intended charge weight. In the end, I decided it wasn't worth the hassle, and I no longer use Herco for any handgun loads that I build.

I never tried Herco in the .45ACP, using mostly Bullseye and 231 for those loads. But, after using Accurate #5 for some time in 9mm and .40, I did some more research and found that #5 was actually developed for full power use in the .45. So, I tried it. It was like a magic potion. I could easily pull 1100fps out of a 185JHP with #5 while staying within safe limits. Like Herco, #5 is a medium burn rate powder, but it is a ball powder and meters very consistently.

Power Pistol has also been mentioned for this use, and although I do use PP for some loads in other calibers, I've not yet used it in the .45ACP. I might have to give that a try.
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:00 AM
WESHOOT2 WESHOOT2 is offline
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so many good ones, too many to list

AA5 can be great in the 45 ACP; so can HS6 and so many others.

I bought 'em all.....
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