Reloading .45ACP

Reloading .45ACP

Having no experience with larger caliber semi auto pistol ammo has not been a major handicap. However I have learned a few things from my limited exposure to the .45ACP cartridge.
#1- Loading mixed brass in a vibratory cleaner is ok as long as the calibers are near to identical. (.380, 9mm, .38, .357) .45s are the big fish in the small pool. They will swallow anything they can fit in their mouth. Sometimes it takes a bit of work to extract a .380 from a .45 with all the media lodged in there.
#2- seeing a light charge of powder in a smaller case is easy. Seeing a light charge in a large case isn't. I bought a pound of titiegroup on the reccomendation of many folks (Reaper included) and so far it has been excellent. The .38 SPL takes about 3 grains, easy enough to verify a charged case. The .45 takes just over 4 grains, barely covers the bottom of the case. I'm gonna mount a new light to shine more or less directly in the case as it sits below the seating die. Then a lean forward and glance will verify a charged case.
#3- Just because you can clean 200 .38s at a time don't mean you can clean 200 .45s.
I guess the girls are right. Length is one thing, girth is a whole different story.

The cartridges in the pic are reloads I've made.
Lead cast conical from Bullet Works 225 gr
4.2 grains of Titegroup powder
CCI large pistol primers.
Easy on the recoil and the pocketbook.
I fired a couple of "boxes" a while back and cleaning the pistol was no problem. 3 patches wet with solvent, bore snake and 2 dry patches came out clean. No lead deposits whatsoever.

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 7:16 PM

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Reloading setup. I currently have nothing but plan on doing a lot of it in the future.

3 years 14 weeks ago, 2:27 PM

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I've been following the damascus work... Can you give us an update on your knife making, did you finish the non damascus project you had pictured with the ball bearing pummel.

I did edge work as a hobby and additional income couple decades ago..Did a forum post some time ago on it.. I'm talking about progressive degrees of stone hardness (still have my best hard arkansas) and hand stropping..If you're interested in sharpening you might want to take a look at it.. Believe it starts with "lets talk about knife sharping"..

I remember you mentioned the source for your materials on one of the posts, but not sure if you were referring to the damascus or not, as the price appeared to be lower than the quality would indicate.. Sure would like to see more pictures on the damascus projects if you have them...

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 5:01 PM

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The non damascus work has been heat treated just needs to be polished and sharpened. The Damascus steel came from Alabama Damascus, I ordered it from Ebay for around 60 bucks for 18" of it. To buy it direct from them it is closer to 100 bucks a foot but occasionally you can get some of their odd ball sizes or end pieces for cheap in an auction like i did. Had some family issues that came up that took all of my time away. Wifes father was fighting pancreatic cancer and needless to say he lost. since then my motivation for finishing the knives has kind of gone down hill. maybe when it warms back up I will get the motivation to go out to the shop a.k.a. storage shed, and finish it.

3 years 14 weeks ago, 5:46 PM

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Trevor,

sorry to hear about your father in-law. Shit like that really takes the wind out of one's sails, lost my Dad a few years back and didn't want to do much of anything for quite a long time, send my condolences to the wife.

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 6:40 PM

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Thankyou Hamp

she's handling it pretty good now. She found out about it last January. a week after our daughter was born. So she had time to somewhat prepare herself for it, but then the scans all came back without any signs of cancer and he was doing great. Then all hell broke lose. She lost her grandma in march, her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in april started massive treatments after surgery and she is doing good now. Then they opened her dad back open to fix a "blockage" and saw the cancer was back and had spread. they stiched him back up and told him to prepare. that was in late september early october. He made it til December 8th so it just made the year a long one. Now we are just enjoying family time together and of course I finally started building my arsenal back up. I had sold everything about 6 or 7 years ago because I worked constantly and never had time to shoot them, and the pay sucked so I needed the cash.

3 years 14 weeks ago, 7:25 PM

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Trevor..

I'm really sorry, and feel like 14 kinds of fool.. I was on here playing just now.. light hearted posts, thought id see if you responded to the damascus question, and see the issues you and the wife have been going thru.. From my heart im sorry..

Please know that had i read this first the tone of my last couple posts would have been different, and this would have been the first one i put up..

I'm so very sorry.. God bless you, your wife, and her family.. I'd like to include you in my prayers if you could pm me a name it will not appear on screen, but will be remembered in prayer.

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LOL

Greg no worries. Its just part of life. Has actually made me enjoy life more. Definitely plan on doing more of the things I love. To tell you the truth I didn't mean to say all of that. In fact I didn't even realize I had, part of being zoned out on a tv show and checking these on commercial breaks makes you do things you don't realize.

3 years 14 weeks ago, 7:56 PM

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Say it Trevor and

trevorferguson wrote:
Greg no worries. Its just part of life. Has actually made me enjoy life more. Definitely plan on doing more of the things I love. To tell you the truth I didn't mean to say all of that. In fact I didn't even realize I had, part of being zoned out on a tv show and checking these on commercial breaks makes you do things you don't realize.

Say it you did.....Good for you, we are all friends here and we ALL hate hearing of these un- pleasantries, I KNOW! that when I had my "hour of need" that my friends would be 'with' me, unfortunately that was two years before I found this "joint".....God bless!

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 8:13 PM

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Amen to that Hamp..

Think it say's a lot about our friend Trev. to have that attitude.. Must have been a great guy Trev.. Think we'd all like to be remembered the way you remember him..

Sheeesh turn this place into a mausoleum.. Trev meant what i said tho.. take a min and pm the names for prayer..

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 9:50 PM

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larger ones, PITA (pain in the ass) LOL
Anyway, one of the powders I used was Hercules for my .38s, dirty as heck ! I used IMI for .45, clean and reasonably priced.

Anyway, good job!!!

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 9:51 PM

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Nice post, Vaq

One of these days, when I take up reloading, I'm going to hit you up for advice.

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 9:59 PM

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I'd be glad to help.

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Thanks Vaq

Sorry I can't stay later tonight. The kid's sick and I got to pick up his slack. :)

Goodnight, all. See you in the morn.

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Another big day at work tomorrow Hamp.?
Anyway, I quit, see ya in the morn!

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I will be reloading for the "Bull", the .454 Casull round is basically a .45 long colt, a tenth of an inch longer, 300~ grn bullet with a shit ton more powder and a small rifle primer due to the pressures involved, depending on powder, I will be loading (with unique for instance) a 300 grn XTP @13.5 grains of powder....upwards of 55,000 CUP from what I have read........

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454 casull rules

Im up late loading 454's and 45 acps. 25 grains of 2400 behind a 250 gn hornady xtp. gonna try it out on water jugs this weekend.
usings bullseye for the 45 acps. 4.5 gn x 230 gn lrn

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45 LC - Magnum !

hehehe

really

Billy should have some brass for his .475 Wildey Magnum soon. Have to shoot that one and see what it is like next to the 454. Though, I think the 45 Magnum is seriously close to the 454 already.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
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Least someone gets offended, i have the record for drifting off into left field.. Is sorta neat to be back on focus again tho..

The 454.. never shot one, but yep before the big smith 500 they were it.. I guess the 460 from Smith (nope not on payroll) takes all the 45's.. the Smith 460 Mag, the 454, the 45 Colt, and all the smaller sized 45.. Schofield etc..

I was corrected couple years ago on the 45 Colt.. I had always heard it called the 45 long colt.. or 45 long.. A guy i met in Prescott who's a big time SAA collector told me that was a no no..guess it's just 45 Colt.

Pard how's the feed on those Conical deuce and a quarters.. Oh Yeah and how do you buy a pound of titties, and why do they call that a group? im quoting ya here.."bought a pound of titiegroup"

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Oh man

Are you sure you were in the Navy? And I gotta explain how to buy titties by the pound?
LOL
The concials feed great. No FTFeed yet (200 rds +-)
might as well load spell check, titiegroup, sheesh

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 6:52 PM

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Vaquero....

Does your wife get mad at you for trimming brass on the living room coffee table, or is it just mine? :)

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The coffee table and couch are just too damn uncomfortable to be honest. I try to stay out in the shed most of the time anyway.

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 7:16 PM

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Do not. Big liar..

your "P whooped" just like i am pard.. bet money ms V has flowers on her table right now..
Betting you've called her half dozen times already.. i really didn't know you could get them by the pound..Hey been thinking (yeah i know scary) about an upgrade on the Padre Plinkers.. What sorta Jacketed "maybe conical" but that lighter weight 355 9 stuff does bullet works offer.

Disappointed you didn't do a back flip over my Rev/Auto post.. but then again i know your just shaking your head in disappointment.. It's all your fault im back pard.. Now go call ms V again..

BRAAAHHHHHAAA or however Daisy does it..

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3 years 14 weeks ago, 7:22 PM

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If she got flowers

we got problems. LOL! What you got in mind pard? .38+P? Bullet Works only does lead cast but I sure like the Hornady XTP for someting with a little more "POP".
115gr flat point hollow point is pretty nice.

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FPHP sounds good..

Like that weight to.. makes it pretty fast out of the 38 spl case.. Got to go and lay down the law...

be with you in a min honey ...im coming dear..

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I got over that a long time ago...... Serious, it sucks to be away from our significant other on such a monumental holiday............ But I'm glad I am, her friends have her convinced that I should 'buck up' for some sort of "large expenditure" Likely jewelry......I am more interested in guns and ammo (I know you didn't see that coming), she will get her's when she comes home from Vegas, on break! :-)

My wife is very pragmatic, I may sound like a "dink" but I am really not, my wife would crucify me if I ever bought her roses...LOL!

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