Favorite bullet for reloading

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Noel, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Noel

    Noel Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2018
    For those of you that reload your own ammo, what is your preferred bullet for .45 ACP? I use Sierra, Hornady and Berrys, mostly. For range use, I've mostly been using 230 grain Berrys round nose (.452") and am pretty satisfied with it. I also use 230 grain XTP Hornady bullets to see how JHP rounds cycle through each pistol. I'm shooting just 5" pistols.
    I'm about to need to buy another batch of round nose and I've looked at Rainier, also, but I don't know anything about them. What do you like?
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2019
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  2. Sparx

    Sparx Active Member

    Jun 29, 2017
    200 grain Ranier round nose copper plated. These are .451". Most of the time I use 5.6 grains of 231, OAL 1.266".
    Been using this bullet for a very long time.
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  3. Noel

    Noel Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2018
    I'm also using 231, 6 grains. I've not yet tried the Rainiers, but there is a local store that stocks them. I'm glad to hear a good word about them.
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  4. RatBikeRod

    RatBikeRod You Don’t Know Me!

    Nov 22, 2017
    I am getting pretty partial to Barry’s 200gr.
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  5. Sparx

    Sparx Active Member

    Jun 29, 2017
    I have tried many others, including 230 grain berry copper plated, and other than nosler 185 grain jacketed, none can do as good. So you use 6 grains of 231 with a 230 grain bullet, a little too much recoil for my target shooting.
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  6. mtodd

    mtodd 1911 lover Supporting Addict

    Oct 8, 2012
    Hand cast h&g 68. Why buy when you can make your own?
  7. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Bayou Bullets 200 grain semi wad cutter for range use, cheap and accurate, free shipping at least once a month.

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  8. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    Usually use 230 gr coated bullets from Bayou Bullets. Good range ammo for me.
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  9. UncleEd

    UncleEd Member

    Sep 23, 2016
    Another vote for the H&G #68 200 hard cast SWC. Used to be
    the standby bullet for many of the Bianchi Cup and IPSC
    shooters in days gone by with the use of around 5.2 to
    5.5 grains of Winchester 231.
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  10. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jul 6, 2014
    I use any 230gr RNBB bullet I can get cheap. Just bought 6k from Penn Bullets, and I may go get another 6k from him.
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  11. Sniper 217

    Sniper 217 Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    SNS, Xtreme and Zero are my go to bullets.
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  12. Bugs

    Bugs Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Zero FMJ 230gn RN because life's too short for sh*tty plated bullets.
  13. Sniper 217

    Sniper 217 Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Try the JHP Zero’s....they are great!
    They’re more for accuracy and not for self defense.
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  14. RSCamaro

    RSCamaro Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    I too look on the cheap for practice lead. Chey Cast .45 185gr RN have a funny ogive but load fine into my 1911's. X-streme plated rounds are fine for my 1911's but not as accurate in the polygonal barrels. Blue Bullets .45 200gr SWC work in everything, including my Glocks. They shouldn.t but they do. I use these the most since they are fairly priced, colorful, and pretty accurate.

    As for the competition days... for accuracy, I either have Zero bullets or Hornady HAP rounds.

    Titegroup seems to be my powder of choice for .45 acp. and .40S&W, 700X for 9mm.

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  15. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    I’m using 5.2 of Winchester 231, about to try HP 38 as I’m out of Winchester temporarily

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  16. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned

    Oct 31, 2016
    Well, I have over 2000 Precision Delta 230 gr. FMJs waiting to be loaded.

    For plated bullets, Rainier and Berry’s are both better than Xtreme.
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  17. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I load jacketed bullets from Montana Gold almost exclusively..and have for the last 15 yrs or so. If you buy in case lots they are very competitive - and they ship free...and service is great / they usually ship same day or next day ( USPS flat rate boxes ).

    Rainier is a poor choice in my view....very inconsistent in shape and weight ( if you weigh a handfull out of one of their boxes...I have seen as much as plus or minus 10 grains on a 230gr bullet...). Their plating is very thin and inconsistent..I think its electroplated...so depending on where the bullet is in the "vat"...the thickness varies. Xtreme is not great either...about the same as Rainier. I would not use either one.

    If I wanted to use a plated bullet...I would use Berry's ...much better product / more consistent shape, thicker plating, more consistent weight....
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  18. Bilbo463

    Bilbo463 Member

    May 24, 2018
    230 gr jacketed round nose from Precision Delta.....
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  19. DogGoneD

    DogGoneD New Member

    Oct 13, 2015
    I have used Penn Bullets 200gr. lead SWCBB and WST powder. Very nice bullets. Very accurate and clean load.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2019
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  20. CT72

    CT72 Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2015
    200gr SWC Precision Bullets over 4.8gr of Titegroup and Winchester primers to make them go bang.
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