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Post Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:03 am 
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Do custom 1911 smith's shoot a whole lot or are they stuck in the shop all day like us working folk?

I am looking for load data for range and competition use.

I have a Wilson and I know what Bill recommends. I use clay's powder almost exclusively because of cost. Does VV make that much of a difference?

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Post Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:56 pm 
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An old IPSC load I use; 4.5 gr of Bullseye with a 230gr bullet.

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:06 am 
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Joe C wrote:
I can't speak for the other smiths on here but I get to the range at least twice a week when the weather here in NE cooperates...but then I enjoy shooting a lot too! I have a list of pet loads used when testing the guns I build as well as for the end users. Personally to me there isn't that much of a difference with the .45 between CLAYS and VV310 except that CLAYS is MUCH less expensive and when you are buying several kegs a year that can make a difference.

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Wow Joe!
You build pistols, shoot a lot, and reload??? Jeez! your busy...

I appreciate the comments about CLAYS. Do you use lead or jacketed? I love the cost of lead and 200 gr LSWC have always worked great for me, but im tired of not being able to see targets on a ipsc stage with high round count and little movement. So im looking for something that doesnt smoke as much. I know a lot of shooters that use the bayou bullets, but they are not available anymore. I was wondering if i "molyd" my lead bullets if that would help

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:25 am 
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Here's mine:
200gr. LSWC H&G #68 on top of 5.9gr. of WW231.

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:22 am 
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Where are some good places to get the H&G 68's? Ive been hearing a lot about them, but dont know where the best place to get them from is.

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:31 pm 
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3.8-4.0 grains of Hodgdon Clays behind a 200 RNFP bullet. Cost is about $90 per thousand to make and I buy the bullets.

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:07 pm 
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Clays is my "go to" .45 ACP powder. Partly because its very economical to load and partly because I have quite a bit on hand from when I used shoot skeet and loaded 12 ga regularly. My standard laod is 4.3g Clays under a 200g LSWC. (currently buying from Missouri Bullet Co.) I'm not a bullseye shooter, so I've never really tested to see just how accurat this load is. However, I can say that its capable of better accuracy than I am and packs enough punch to knock down steel plates with authority .Recoil is also somewhat reduced from 230g ball. (not that ball is harsh or a problem to handle)
It does all I ask it to and saves me 2/3 to 3/4 the price of factory ammo.

On a side note, I did some experimenting with 230g LRN and Clays. I found I 4.0g Clays and a 230g LRN to be an extremely soft shooting load. Mild recoil and virtually no muzzle flip. First time I pulled the trigger on this load I actually thought the gun didn't cycle. Very pleasant to shoot, but I don't regularly load them because they differ far to much from ball/SD loads to be useful for regualar training. Its a good load for introducing new/ timid shooters to the .45ACP and 1911.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:19 pm 
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WST is my prefered powder for .45. Clean and accurate in all my guns.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:56 pm 
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Joe C wrote:
rsxr22 wrote:
Where are some good places to get the H&G 68's? Ive been hearing a lot about them, but dont know where the best place to get them from is.


If I were going to buy them I would check with Magnus Bullets out of Alabama. Terry is an old friend of mine and a good guy. You can find them on-line.

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+1 on Magnus. Great bullets and I'm about 10 minutes from his house so I can just go grab em from Terry when I need. I roll his 200gr LRN in front of 4.5gr W231 and it's a very nice load.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:24 pm 
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rsxr22 wrote:
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I am looking for load data for range and competition use.




does your load need to make major power factor??


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