Recently, I solicited your ideas for and eBook that I’m working on related to 45 ACP reloading. I got a lot of great ideas, and appreciate your feedback! Now, I’d like to ask you all a pointed question: what are your favorite “pet loads” for 45 ACP? Why are these your favorite loads? What is the application (defense, training, competition, etc)?
I shoot 45 ACP mostly in my 1911 (Standard 5″ barrel). Some of the considerations that I like to focus on are: Accuracy, shootability, powder metering, and also “standard charge” loads are a plus. What is a “standard charge” load? This is the ability to use a single powder and charge weight for multiple cartridges and loads. In fact, I have a Winchester W-231 powder charge that I can use in 9mm, 38 Special, 44 Special, and 45 ACP! It shoots well in all these applications, meters very well in my progressive powder measures, and for that reason it’s my favorite 45 ACP load!
Gavin’s “standard charge” load for 45 ACP: (use load data at your own risk)
- Hornady XTP 230 grain jacketed hollow point bullet
- 4.3 grains Winchester W-231
- Winchester WLP primer
*Note that a 4.3 grain charge is below the Hornady manual’s recommendation of 5.0 grains starting, so you should validate that this charge is sufficient if loading for an automatic pistol
So what’s your favorite? Please leave your name and location (State, City) and perhaps I’ll use your load in the eBook!