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Help with 45lc load.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by taylor, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to develope a defence load for a Taurus 450 , a K-frame,45lc, 5 shot, 2" barrel, snubbie.
    The frame seems pretty stout, with a gripframe similar to a gp100.
    Because of the short barrel it will be hard to get any good velocity with a 230-260grn bullet.
    I'd like to get something like a 230grn hp going around 800fps
    None of the loading manuals cover a short barrel though.
    Any suggestions?

    I forgot its a solid 29oz. Stainless model.
     
  2. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would use the fastest burning powder listed in the manual. Probably something like Bullseye or Unique would be good choices.
     
  3. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    My guess is u'll have to go with the lightest weight bullet you can find.It's the old trade-off game..velocity vs bullet weight as to which is more effective.Bullseye powder is quite fast,Unique not so much as I recall.800 fps out of a snubby with 45 caliber bullets is asking lot I"m thinking,but you may get it.I'm not sure..
     
  4. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Throckmorton's right. After consulting my trusty Lyman manual I think you'll need to stay below 240gr for your bullet and use a full load of Unique to do anything close to 800fps out of that short of a barrel. The Lyman manual lists 10.8gr of Unique to get slightly over 900 fps with a 225gr jacketed bullet out of a 7.5" Ruger. If you run a cast bullet of 200-225gr, you might be able to get there.