Red Dot, .45 ACP LRN and Min OAL
" Bullets-Keep in mind that seating depths can cause noticeable changes in ballistics. This is especially true for handgun ammunition. It is strongly suggested that specific cartridge overall length be used as shown." I quote page 118 Lyman's Reloading Handbook 49th Edition.
I am shooting Alliant Red Dot, using a minimum recommended starting charge 0f 4.5 Grains under a 230 grain LRN Oregon Trail .45 ACP Bullet. According to Lee's modern reloading second edition, page # 574. They suggest a Min OAL at 1.270 but and I am seating at 1.240
The reason for seating at 1.240 is they run like butter thru my new Ruger SR-45. I see no signs of pressure problems like a flattened primer. My Ruger likes them, I like them, and they are nice and snappy like a factory load. My question is this, should seating depth be left up to the discretion of the reloader and is the recommended OAL set in stone? Thanks Friend's