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Old 07-06-2011, 10:01 PM
JaeCT JaeCT is offline
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.45 cast load

im just woundering if anyone has loaded any hard cast with imr 700x?
ive been experimenting with match grade 225gr fpbb accu-cast
overall length 1.221
resized case width .474
4.2gr imr700x
winchester primers
i just made a test batch and hope to go to the farm in the afternoon to test em out. any other suggestions would help. im relitivly new to reloading the
.45 with cast bullets. i like the 700x as it seems to burn clean. anyone else use this powder with cast? this will be a primary load for plate matches. thanks
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:26 PM
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results from test batch
shot well smoked somewhat, but this is the lube burnin
almost no leading that i could see after 50rds and low carbon build up after 100 total rds 50 cast and 50 fmj
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:23 AM
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Thanks for the range report. Always interesting. I've never used 700X, and from the responses, it appears not too many Forum reloaders use it either. Do you have a chronograph, so you could tell us the velocity you're getting from that load? How about it's accuracy? What pistol did you shoot them in, and if a 1911, which mags were you using?

You've told us enough to whet our appetite, now we want more details.

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Old 07-27-2011, 12:14 PM
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I brought a 5lb tin of 700 a couple years back. Got it for $43 if I recall. I had good success with it. I shoot all 200gr lswcs. Can't help you with a load, but powder performed very well.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:57 PM
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700x Was a Camp Perry favorite for many years for bullseye competition.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:07 AM
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Thats all I used to load in 45acp for yrs when I shot bullseye. with a 200 gr swc and 4.2 gr in my pistol it would shoot 10 shot xring groups at 50 yds from our Ransom Rest, everyone loaded it, it was very clean, If I ever shoot up all my powder I have thats what I will replace it with.
3.5 Bulls eye with 185gr for 25 yds
4.2 700x with 200 swc for 50 yds
same point of impact with no sight changes
you may have to go to a lighter spring with these loads, maybe.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:34 PM
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i do not have a chrono, i was more or less plinking/test firing it after some repairs, i had not shot it in almost a year. last time i went to a range and paper tested it i didnt bench it indoor range @ 20' 2-3" 5 shot groups factory ammo 230gr ball, using an americen classic 2 government. mags, cmc, wilson, factory mag. i do have to get more wilson mags. also i will bench it on a bag next time i go to a range, and get grouping measurements, and mabe find some one with a chrono
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:07 PM
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700-X + cast = pretty good

I shoot a 225gr TC hard cast bullet with 4.6 or 4.9 grains of 700-X with the CCI LP primers.

The 4.9gr load is used in a Ruger P-90; the 4.6gr load is used in all other .45 ACP semiautomatics and revolvers. The P-90 is very strong and can easily take the 4.9 grain load. In fact, my initial lighter loads had problems cycling it. But with the 1911s and the .45 ACP revolvers, the 4.6 grain load is the best compromise load running around 790 to 830 FPS depending on the day and the gun.

I too had a lot of smoke starting out with lighter loads of 700-X but that lessened as the powder amount increased.
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