My .45 reloads.
I just got some new bullets in from Magnus Bullets
230 grain FMJ. I pushing them with 5.7 grains of W231. I brought some down to the range to test before I go crazy on the press and find I have a junk practice load.
Distance: 10 yards.
Firearm: Colt 1991A1 Commander
Shot two handed off rests.
I'm VERY HAPPY :danceban: with the results. The picture below is two 5 shot groups. The lower was the first group 6 o'clock hold. The second was lollypopping the X. I saw no point in testing any more rounds. They'll do the job if I do my part.
Looks good to me course the 231 its not hard to find a accurate load with it
Nothing wrong with those groups!:yup:
Those bullets sure are expensive though! I just looked at the site...you might consider lead. Unless money is not a factor.....but for most reloaders, it is. JMO
Thanks Austin, I'm not afraid of input or constructional criticism. Opinions are why we're all here. We share our experience and hope someone may benefit from it.
Originally Posted by aus71383
Money is always a factor and I've been using lead exclusively for the past few years. My cost would be $5.35/ box of 50 230 grain LRN and only $5/box of 50 if I went with 200 LRN. I may do that next time, but I hate cleaning the guns after shooting lead. The FMJ work out to $7.63/box of 50. That's still just about half the price of factory locally.
Check out Berry's plated bullets. I have had good luck with not getting alot of lead fouling , yet they are cheaper than other FMJ bullets.
I'm right there at $5 a box with 200 LSWCs myself. I don't mind cleaning at all but I never get any leading with my loads. I tried some Rainier plated 200 FPs and got good results. They are quite a bit cheaper than real FMJs the main downside is the lead is sooo soft. I like them because they're pretty but since I got such good results with lead I stuck with it.
Here's what I got:
Mixed brass, WLP primers, 4.8gr Titegroup, Rainier 200 FP 1.250 OAL Lee FCD taper crimp set to .470 = 760 fps avg. extreme spread of 34 fps
Mixed brass, WLP primers, 4.8gr Titegroup, LaserCast 200 LSWC 1.250 OAL Lee FCD taper crimp set to .470 = 875 fps avg. extreme spread of 41 fps
There are lots of factors that go into leading....I'm by no means an expert - I've only reloaded maybe a few thousand rounds. Bullet diameter, bullet hardness, and type of powder are what comes to mind first.
Man am I long winded!