Help with .45 ACP bullet selection

This is a discussion on Help with .45 ACP bullet selection within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; farronwolf, May I ask why you stopped using lead and switched to copper plated?...

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 23 of 23

Thread: Help with .45 ACP bullet selection

  1. #16
    Member Array clvlndta3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    18
    farronwolf,
    May I ask why you stopped using lead and switched to copper plated?

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #17
    Member Array Steve J's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    68
    I usr jacketed bullets in my reloads, don't have to worry about lube, leading or dirty dies. Yes you will get a little copper in your barrel but imho worth the extra cost. I buy my bullets from Montanna gold bullets, you might also look at Zero bullets. Good shooting

  4. #18
    Senior Member
    Array Jeff F's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    South Central Wyoming
    Posts
    637
    I prefer for everyday shooting the 200 grain lead SWC. They run perfect in my 1911's and yes I do shoot them some in my G36. Although I have been shooting more berry's plated 200 grain in the Glock these days. Lead will not harm your barrel. The best thing I have found for cleaning lead out of your barrel is what you see in the picture. It has to be pure gum though, no synthetic crap. I use it on my pistols as well as in my uber expensive black powder cartridge rifles and it works. A slightly oversize bore brush is the only other thing you need. Got to be careful around wood finishes with it though.
    "Those who would give up essential liberties for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety" -Benjamin Franklin-
    __________________________________
    NRA Endowment Life Member

  5. #19
    Member Array ken45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    183
    I find little to no leading problems in .45 with good bullets. I second the suggestion of Missouri Bullets. If you have feeding issues, their "flattop" (cone nose) bullets may work better.

    I order the bullets 2000 at a time which have a $12 flat rate shipping charge. Service is quick, typically about three days. Missouri Bullets are around $35-40/500 or about 8 cents each.

    As for lead wearing barrels, it is easier on barrels than copper jacketed bullets.

    Over the years I have used various powders but Winchester Super Target is good, clean, and fairly economical.


    All I use for cleaning is the well known Ed's Red formula, that costs around $15/gallon to make up (K-1 kerosene, mineral spirits, acetone and Dextron ATF). It's a modernized equivalent of an old military bore cleaner. A gallon lasts a long time!

    This cleaner has an action very similar to standard military issue rifle
    bore cleaner, such as Mil-C-372B. Users report it is more effective than
    Hoppe's for removing plastic fouling in shotgun bores, or caked carbon
    fouling in semi-automatic rifles or pistols, or in removing leading in
    revolvers. It is not as effective as Sweets 7.62, Hoppe's Bench Rest
    Nine or Shooter's Choice for fast removal of heavy copper fouling in
    rifle bores. However, because "ER" is more effective in removing caked
    carbon and abrasive primer residues than other cleaners, metal fouling
    is greatly reduced when "ER" is used on a continuing basis.

    Ken
    Last edited by ken45; March 5th, 2011 at 08:11 PM. Reason: added info on Ed's Red

  6. #20
    Member Array mandalitten's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Newport, RI
    Posts
    362
    Lead bullets are great in .45ACP since the velocity is so low. There is more residue in the barrel with lead than with copper, but if you should get residue with either, lead is a lot easier to clean than copper. If you get the SWC I would try out a few first since they are known to not feed as easily as RN. I know I had a lot of problems in my FNP-45 with SWC and also in a 1911.
    I also shoot lead bullets in my glock 34 (9mm) without any problems even though the velocity is higher than .45acp.
    If you use lead bullets, your gun will need more cleaning than if you use copper plated bullets. I usually don't shoot more than 200 rounds at a time and I always clean my guns after I shoot them so it has not been a problem for me.

  7. #21
    VIP Member Array dukalmighty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    texas
    Posts
    15,093
    I cast my own bullets,and depending on your lead source will usually cost around .02 each,then buying bulk powder and primers figure .02 cents per primer and about .01 to .02 cents for powder,so reloading 100 45 acp for 5 - $6.00 is well worth it,not to mention 0 shipping charges.last time I bought fmj bullets they were around .06 cents ea and that was going in on a large order and splitting shipping costs
    "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
    --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

  8. #22
    VIP Member Array farronwolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4,713
    Quote Originally Posted by clvlndta3 View Post
    farronwolf,
    May I ask why you stopped using lead and switched to copper plated?
    Basically because it requires less time to clean using the plated than the lead. I also don't have to change the dies when I want to use FMJ after the plated.
    It is just a personal preference. Nothing wrong with using lead if you don't mind the extra time cleaning the barrel ect. I just choose to split the differnce in cost and cleaning between lead and FMJ with the plated.

    I shoot 5 or 6 times as many 9mm than I do 45's and the increased bullet speed does make a difference in the 9mm more so than the 45.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
    www.ddchl.com
    Texas CHL Instructor
    Texas Hunter Education Instructor
    NRA Instructor

  9. #23
    Senior Member Array FLSlim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    513
    I use jacketed or plated, just a little less mess. There is a lead contaminant issue too, be sure to wash up after loading and do so in a ventilated area; not to mention that some ranges now require use of bullets with no exposed lead.
    Chose a weapon that goes bang EVERY time!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. WML Selection
    By BikerRN in forum Related Gear & Equipment
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: December 2nd, 2010, 05:31 PM
  2. Help with new SIG selection????
    By harley2007 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: May 3rd, 2010, 09:14 AM
  3. gun selection help
    By Leadtag in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: August 11th, 2009, 11:20 PM
  4. CPL on its way...need help with gun selection.
    By jtheise4 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: June 1st, 2009, 08:57 PM

Search tags for this page

.45 acp bullets for reloading
,

45 acp bullet types

,

45 acp bullets for reloading

,
45 acp bullets reloading
,
45 acp reload bullets
,
45 acp reloading bullets
,

best 45 acp bullets for reloading

,

best bullets for reloading 45 acp

,
best lead bullet for 45 acp
,
bulk 45 acp bullets for reloading
,
different types of .45 acp ammo
,
most accurate 45 acp bullet
Click on a term to search for related topics.