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Old 11-11-2002, 10:14 AM   #1
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Hot .45 ACP Loads?

All of my single stack 1911s in .45 have traditional non-ramped, non-supported barrels/chambers. That having been said, I would like to work up a hot self defense load using 230 grain HPs and +P brass. Has anyone experimented with powders such as Power Pistol, VV 3N37/3N38, 800x, AA #7/#9, or other relatively slow burning powders? Any load data would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 11-12-2002, 08:37 AM   #2
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My favorite is 6.3 of Universal Clays.
 
Old 11-12-2002, 04:38 PM   #3
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John: with what bullet and did you chronograph it?
 
Old 11-13-2002, 06:01 AM   #4
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Looks like the slowest powder V V recommends is N350. The load data says 7.6 grains will move a 230 g. XTP 978 fps from a 5 1/2" barrel. Maybe I'll try this.

Does the Clays show any signs of excessive pressure ie; primer flattening or case bulge?

http://www.vihtavuori.fi/vihtavuori/index.html
 
Old 11-13-2002, 05:29 PM   #5
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Good 45 loads are Gunnar Christianson's 45/08, or our 45 super slammer. 230gr, around 1250 fps. Blue dot compressed load.

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Old 11-20-2002, 06:13 PM   #6
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If you are looking for top velocity with a 230gr bullet then RamShot Enforcer is the best powder I have found. I have a load that will push a 230gr bullet at 1028fps. Go to www.ramshot.com and download there manual. If you should try this load use CCI mag primers. Winchester and Federal primers give a lot less velocity.
 
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Thanks for info 5pins! I'll have to try some Enforcer powder it looks very versitile.
 
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Wow. That's from a 4" barrel too!
 
Old 01-28-2003, 05:24 PM   #9
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Re: Hot .45 ACP Loads?

I would like to work up a hot self defense load using 230 grain HPs and +P brass.


DO NOT use reloads for self defense. If you are ever in a shooting the defense attorney will tear you apart. He will put forth to a jury that you specifically designed the round to kill his client. Using reloads for self defense is a nightmare nobody wants any part of.
 
Old 02-04-2003, 07:27 PM   #10
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Re: Hot .45 ACP Loads?

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I would like to work up a hot self defense load using 230 grain HPs and +P brass.


DO NOT use reloads for self defense. If you are ever in a shooting the defense attorney will tear you apart. He will put forth to a jury that you specifically designed the round to kill his client. Using reloads for self defense is a nightmare nobody wants any part of.
Can you post a reference to any actual Lawful shooting where the shooter was worse off having used reloads? A righteous shooting is just that.

I know this is conventional wisdom..... But I have been asking for anyone to prove this bit of internet lore for years...so far no takers.
 
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