Short barrel .45 reload question

Short barrel .45 reload question

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    Short barrel .45 reload question

    I'm going to buy powder for reloading tomorrow, and I'm looking for input. I will be loading 185gr. rn bullets, and they will be used in a 3" barrel. Would the fastest powder on the charts be best for the short barrel? Suggestions?

    Does anyone have experience with the Lee Loadmaster progressive presses? I'm thinking of picking one up.


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    I have used Lee for decades and find them ideal for my purposes. That said volume reloading will be greatly improved by a Dillon progressive if you are starting out and can afford the outlay.

    I started Lee for economical reasons and just stuck with them since - and now have several presses and turrets so can change over quite fast between cals.

    Yes, I would choose a fast powder for your purpose but would add that it will require even more care with load safety and attention to OAL - as pressures will easily climb to excessive levels with even small over-charges.

    Something like Bullseye or equivalent ...... Lyman #47 gives 3.5 - 6.0 grains for a 185 jacketed ....... altho the top load is nudging top pressures. You will have to experiiment.

    The top load backed off 10% makes for 5.4 grain charge but even then the gun may well run fine on a smaller charge than that. Load safely.
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