I've used all the powders you mentioned in the .45 Colt, except the Power Pistol. However I've only recently started experimenting with the 300gr + bullets. You see I'm not convinced they are needed for normal hunting or shooting, but for my own education I'm doing some research.I'm starting to load 45 colt. Was kinda thinking about using heavy cast bullets like 300-350gr. Powders on hand are 2400, power pistol, Blue dot, H110. I'm wanting a medium velocity loading probably around 1,000 fps. Anybody use these powders in the 45 colt?
I see from you Club Membership that you are a Marine. You must be to shoot many boolits with the powder charge you list!!!335gr HC over 24gr. of 296/110
Same load I use. Can't go wrong with it.My all time favorite is 9 grs Unique behind a hard cast 255 gr keith style semi wadcutter.I settled on this load years ago as it is very accurate in both my old Blackhawk,and the Rossi lever gun.Just cant find anything else that does as well in both,and quit trying after much trial and mostly error..
Well, I found that the un-burned powder doesn't affect anything and I am more interested in 'accuracy'. I found an IMR-4227 load (20g 4227 pushing 255g SWC) that shoots very well in my .45 Colt Vaquero, so I am sticking with it for that revolver. BTW, this is not a 'hot' load even though it is a grain over the max listed in the Hornady manual. My chrony shows around 900fps (surprised me as I expected around 1000fps) <shrug>. I was using standard CCI primer and some places it mentions using a Magnum primer... Or maybe not using a firm enough crimp... No matter as it is an accurate load in both of my .45 Colt Ruger revolvers and that is what counts.... Right?Some here have recommended 4227.but I had way too much un-burned powder in both my guns
About to try that load myself but pushing a 250g RNFP in my .45 BH. 8.5g (Max in Hornady manual) has been a good charge too, but I see 9.0g being mentioned (not just here), so willing to try it, as it is in the velocity range I am looking for and not a Ruger Only Load. Plus it is fun to try new loads . Then I get to test it all over again using 255g SWC bullets down the road. Fun Fun....9 grs Unique behind a hard cast 255
Yep.... And that is what turned me on to 4227. Unique has always been and still is my go to powder. I was getting a bit frustrated with TB and Unique in my Vaquero. Just wasn't getting the accuracy I expected. Even got a Belt Mountain base pin for it... Tried some HS-6 loads that others said were 'excellent'... no go... So in Taffin's writings he mentioned using 4227 and that he had one gun that 'liked' only this load.... What the heck, I'll give it a whorl.... and it worked. I worked up from 15g to 20g in this particular gun. 20g was the best and it even 'shifted' POI for me in the right directions. Win Win.No two guns will react exactly the same with a given load
Always research the loads AND the gun you plan to shoot the load in. Then always triple check your scale especially if using a 'new to you' powder. Don't take my word for it, or anyone else. If unsure, work up to the load (don't ever work down from max loads...) ....Pretty good reminder to be very careful when reloading.Have fun.Be safe.
Well, I have not seen this as a problem. I've loaded lots of cases (mostly Star-line and some W-W), and if bad enough it would show up as inconsistent crimping and bullet 'looking' higher/lower in the cases even though seated to the same depth. A friend of mine did have one case that came new 'half' size though . Rifle cases? Have had to trim them back time to time!And one other critical step is length trimming each case the same