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Light loads for the .45?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Izzy, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    My daughter loves shooting, but is intimidated by my .45.

    I have a 1911 compact & want to load some light loads to make shooting the .45 "FUN" for Her.
    I ordered some 185gr. bullets & I have some "Unique" powder. I'm wondering what is the least amount of powder I can use, and still run the action.

    I know what ever info I get here, I'm still going to have to play around with the load to get it to function reliably in my pistol. I'm just wanting to get some "starting" info from anyone who has done this already.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. SAR1846

    SAR1846 Oregon Member

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    Unique & cast lead go very well together...

    Alliant has online data for 200gr cast SWC & Unique... which is a really nice plinking round.

    Lyman Cast book and some of the others may have data for 185gr (assuming cast). Otherwise, 185gr jacketed... most any reloading manual will have data - paper & online.
     
  3. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    I tried a 20% powder reduction in reloading 9mm for a KelTec PF9. It was definitely softer to shoot and cycled as well as a normal load. That KelTec stung more than a full-size 45!
     
  4. roguebowhunter

    roguebowhunter medford Member

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    another option i use is titegroup 4.5 grns w/ 230 grn rn. shoots @ 850fps and cycles my xd45
     
  5. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you have a lighter recoil spring, you can load redot all the way down to 1.6->2grs.. but will need a 9-11# spring so it cycles. experimenting can be fun, if you reload.
     
  6. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    The factory std. recoil spring in a Colt 1911 is 16#, but you can get them all the way down to 7# for a conventional or 5# for a variable-power spring:

    Springs for COLT 1911 GOV'T PISTOL Semi-Auto Pistols

    Pair up one of those babies with your x-lite handloads and you can make it shoot like a .22!
     
  7. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    Ha! I see our answers overlapped in time - but I was penalized two minutes for looking up the link.
     
  8. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    I suggest you start with 3.7 gr of clays. As long as the recoil cycles the action that is all that counts.
    Unless you want to change parts.
     
  9. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    7.3 grs of Unique .... JMO