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Old February 14th, 2017, 01:56 PM   #1
 
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Bullet wt. dilemma

Just ordered 500 bullets and they are 255 grn. For 45 colt. My books show 250 grn loads and 260 grn loads. Which load do you go with for the best accuracy.



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Use the heavier weight data. Use the start load first, and work your way up incrementally....if they are lead bullets.

OR, get other projectiles to match your load data.
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Each design of bullet is different, as is your particular revolver. The only way that I know to find the accuracy load for any bullet or revolver, is to do load development on that bullet/revolver setup?
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use the 250 grain data.
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Just curious, bullet diameter? Are they lead? I think you should order bullets based on the bullet type, weight and manual specs. It helps take much guesswork out of the reloading process. Are you sure the bullets you purchased are for the 45c? I only ask because I did make that mistake when I purchased my first pistol in 45c.
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Just ordered 500 bullets and they are 255 grn. For 45 colt. My books show 250 grn loads and 260 grn loads. Which load do you go with for the best accuracy.
Assuming the load data is for the same bullet composition and profile, a call to the powder manufacturer would give you the following response:

You can safely use the 260gr data. Because your bullet is very slightly lighter, the max charge for your bullet (if tested) would be very slightly higher.

What I will tell you is that all else being equal, it won't matter

ETA: The published data won't tell you anything about what will prove most accurate out of your firearm.
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use the 250 grain data.
Are you sure on that? I always read you should be ok using a start charge of a heavier bullet for a lighter bullet, not the other way around.
Lighter bullets would have heavier powder charges, correct?
Just asking and making sure.
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Are you sure on that? I always read you should be ok using a start charge of a heavier bullet for a lighter bullet, not the other way around.
Lighter bullets would have heavier powder charges, correct?
Just asking and making sure.
You are correct in your thinking. That is the general rule. Since the .45 Colt is a relatively low pressure cartridge, we're talking lead bullets, and the difference is only 5 grains (2%) using the 250gr data would be probably be fine as long as you use a starting load and work up. I would not use 170gr .30cal bullets in my .30-06 loads using 165gr data however as now we're talking higher pressures, jacketed bullets, and a larger percentage of bullet weight increase.
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The bullets are plated X-treme, 255 grn, size 451. Hope this clears things up, I think they are supposed to be loaded the same as lead bullets. Just was not sure which bullet weight guidelines to follow.
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Hint for future reloading; find a load, in your reloading manuals before you buy components.

Plated bullets can be confusing to new reloaders as there ain't a lot of easily found info (many, many questions from new reloaders on forums concerning crimping and load data). In my experience with plated bullets (only 1,500 or so) I'd suggest using lead bullet load data and taper crimping all bullets without a crimp groove/cannalure.

Another hint; put those plated bullets away and get some jacketed bullets to reload.
after you get the hang of reloading, and gain some experience with powders and reloading methods, then you can try the plated bullets. Easier learning and many fewer headaches and confusion that way...

Go slow, double check everything, and most important, have fun...
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