Bullet weight preference for .45 ACP

Discussion in 'Caliber Talk: Ammunition, Reloading, and Shooting ' started by daved20319, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. daved20319

    daved20319 Active Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    So far, all my .45 shooting has been 230 gr. FMJ's, but I'm starting to reload for the .45, and was wondering what folks preferred in bullet weight, and why. Not so much concerned with bullet type, I realize that's use dependent.

    So for example, in 9 mm, I tend to prefer 124 gr. bullets, they don't seem as snappy as 115's, and are more available than 147's, regardless of style. Thanks!

  2. 1LuvGuns

    1LuvGuns Incurable..... NRA Lifer

    Aug 14, 2012
    I load 200 grains, generally copper coated....
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  3. jfbong1911

    jfbong1911 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2018
    I reload 230gr fmj and carry 230 gr HP I like to practice with what I carry. 4.8gr of bullseye with cci primers.
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  4. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    200gr lswc ..Soft shooting and very accurate!
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  5. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    This ^^^^^^^^^^^
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  6. Gary Wells

    Gary Wells Active Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    I like the 185 gr. LSWC H&G#130 "button bullet" for 5 different .45 autos. Winchester PDX-1 230 gr HP or Winchester Ranger 230 HP for home defense. Select use, select bullet accordingly, then build a load around those requirements.
  7. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    Two hundred thirty grain
  8. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    I use 230gr FMJ for practice, and 230gr Gold Dots for carry. I load my ammo to mimic factory ammo. Practice is supposed to build muscle memory. Shooting a low power load does not help with that. You can get lazy with your grip. I want the gun to recoil the same for possible follow up shots in a self defense situation. If strictly for range use, low power loads are fine. That is my two cents, your opinion may vary.
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  9. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    I use 230 gr for my standard reloads with X-Treme HP’s and 200 gr SWC’s and may switch to 185’s for my bullseye gun. Used to shoot more 200gr loads but I like the feel of a 230gr better as it is more of a push than a snap.
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  10. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    I've loaded and shot 185gr, 200gr, 225gr. and 230gr. I'm really not too fussy. Lately I've been loading the same 200gr RNFP cast bullets I use for 45 Colt (loaded to about 160 PF). I've found cheap bullets in this configuration so that's what I use. My carry load is a standard pressure 230gr. I don't find enough difference in recoil or POI to make me wish I practiced with something else.
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  11. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    230 grains seems to work best for me. The 1911 was
    designed to shoot the 230 gr weight, so all seems good
    with this weight. Springs in mags & pistol were set to
    use the 230 gr bullet. Changes must be made with bullet weight
    variations, this is why Wolff offers so many different weights of springs.
  12. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    200 gr plated, RN or HP until I use them up, then I’ll start using my 230 gr bullets.
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  13. Jersey James

    Jersey James Active Member

    Aug 8, 2018
    Since I do not reload, for punching holes through paper 230 grain WWB works for me.
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  14. Autonomous

    Autonomous Turgid member

    Jan 14, 2019
    200 gr SWC and 230 gr LRN seem to be the most commonly used bullets for reloading .45 ACP.
    I really like Hi-Tek coated bullets, they are clean to handle, load and shoot.
  15. daved20319

    daved20319 Active Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    Thanks, guys, that was no help whatsoever :D! Bottom line, sounds like personal preference followed by what's most readily available. Guess I'm just going to have to do my own testing and deciding, I already have a bunch of test loads waiting on my next range trip, 2 different Hi-Tek coated, the 200 gr. SWC and the 225 gr. TC, as well as some 230 gr. Gold Dots. Guess I need to pick up something in a 185 to round things out. BTW, this will be mostly for range use, although I did just add a Sig .45 to the arsenal that could see some carry duty, and will almost certainly become a nightstand gun. No 1911's, I just traded my one and only on the Sig. The other .45 is a CZ, and that's strictly a range toy. Later.

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  16. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    Years ago I loaded up a bunch of 230 grn LRN over 5.7 grns of 231 for my IPSC Days......Not for the faint of heart. I am still shooting it up.

    Somewhere out there I also have some 200 grn LRN and some 185LSWC I was playing with for something.....For what I can't remember.

    For carry I use Golden Sabre, Some Bull Dog or Hydroshok all 230 grn.

  17. jimmy james

    jimmy james 1911 Fiend

    Aug 29, 2017
    My gunsmith and I just had this conversation. You need to shoot what the guns wants, not what you want. I've got 3 1911's that shoot 200gr XTP bullets extremely well and 3 that shoot it to about 12" at 25yds.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2019
  18. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    230 gr Golden Sabre’s
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  19. DanMcinPA

    DanMcinPA Active Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    200 gr LSWC (Coated), over BE-86, HP-38, or even RS Silhouette.
  20. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Great I have a Pig P250 when you are ready for a non 1911 pistol that you can't get parts for. LMAO.

    Later :confused:

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