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Old 02-04-2007, 10:22 PM
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Mjor power reloads

Hello,
I have recently joined the IDPA and hopefully will get a chance this year to shoot some matches in the 45 ACP 1911 field, if my work schedule allows it. What I would like to know, what is a good reload recipe to meet major power on reloads? I have reloaded for several years and am partial to the 200 grn LSWC and have used Bulleseye and W. 231 but only on light target loads. I am open to suggestions and would greatly appreciate any help.
I will be trying to shoot in the VA. Roanoke sections.
Thanks,
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:54 AM
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I use 5.6 of WW231, oal 1.245 to 1.250 using Laser cast 200 swc's.

I could probably get away with 5.5 but it cuts it kind of close on the chrono, especially on cool days.
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:37 PM
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I use 5.6 of WW231, oal 1.245 to 1.250 using Laser cast 200 swc's.

I could probably get away with 5.5 but it cuts it kind of close on the chrono, especially on cool days.
Thanks for the information; I will try the WW231 and the Laser cast. Are you loading in standard 45 ACP brass? I have about 2000 once fired Winchesters that I am planning on using.

Thanks again for your help.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:34 PM
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Yes, standard 45 brass.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:31 AM
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I use 5.0gr of VihtaVuori N320, 200gr. LSWC, 1.250" OAL.

This is the recommended IDPA load for my Wilson Combat KZ45, and Bill Wilson is the president of IDPA so I just assume it makes major PF OK. I've never chrono'ed it, (don't have one) but according to all the load data I've seen, this load is deep into Major.
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:01 PM
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Thanks golckopop,
I will pick up some VihtaVuori N320 at the gun show this weekend and work up to the load. Are you using hard cast bullets?

Thanks again for the information.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:24 AM
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If you have Bullseye and (or) 231, you don't really need another powder.

N320 is a good powder, no doubt about it, but the can I loaded did not show me anything I could not do with something more common and less expensive.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:11 AM
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In addition to the info above about 231, I have recently started playing with N320 and 5.0 gr looks about right. Still need to do chrono work though to run the statistics, see how it does in different guns and temperatures, etc.

VV is cleaner, you use about 10% less, but it is much more than 10% more expensive. I can get 231 for $110 per 8lb, 320 is $150 or so per 8 lb.

It isn't as big a premium as people might have you think though. When you adjust for less weight per charge you end up with powder cost of:

231 - $10.80 per thousand rounds at 5.5 gr
N320 - $13.39 per thousand rounds at 5.0 gr

so less than 3 bucks difference per thousand rounds.

With that said, 231 works fine for me and I plan to stick with it.

Now for hot 38 super and 9x23, well I'm a VV proponent there because the powder performance is just so superior. But it appears 231 will still be my goto powder for midpower 45 loads unless my chrono work shows me something I don't know yet.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:21 PM
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Thanks guys, I do appreciate you taking the time and your knowledge to help out a new guy coming into the sport.
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:07 AM
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Yes, hard cast bullets. The reason I use VV is that that is what was recommended for my gun by its manufacturer. I've actually only just started reloading, and I use a Lee Hand Press, so I didn't want to work up a load when I already had one that should work just fine. I've done almost 1000 rounds so far, and now that I've got my sizing and crimping issues fixed they're working great.
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