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Old 11-22-2009, 01:22 PM
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.452 Hard Cast Lead bullets?


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I found a nice deal on some .452 Hard Cast Lead bullets in 200gr SWC, they are advertised as .45 ACP bullets and i plan on loading these for my 1911A1 but can i load these for my Ruger Vaquero in a .45 LC? looking for a nice bullet to plink with. would be nice if i could buy a bulk of these and load them for both.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:25 PM
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says they are the same style as the H&G #68 if that helps? I do not cast my own yet but is some thing i really want to learn and start.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:16 PM
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I bought some .452 200gr SWC for my 1911 and have loaded them for my dad's 45LC. So far they work fine. I load them fairly light in both guns as they are plinking loads. I would think they would work okay for you.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:45 PM
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The post war nominal 45 LC bore diameter is .451, the same as the 45 ACP. No harm using these bullets in both guns.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:58 AM
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If they lead, it will be because they are way TOO hard. Mild loads won't "bump" them up (obturate) to properly fill the grooves. Leading is inevitable with poor fit. If your barrel really is .451" they might work out okay, but if it is even the slightest bit larger, expect leading.

The balance in a semi-auto is getting bullets hard enough to not deform or hang up during feeding, but not so hard that they don't obturate. With commercial bullets you have no control over lube, hardness OR diameter, so it can be a matter of luck to find one that works.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:57 PM
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They're sized .452, lubed with Jake's Scarlet high speed lube and measure 18-19 BHN. My vaquero is a new model
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:03 AM
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The .45 ACP's dimensions allow for about a sixteenth of an inch more bullet protrusion from the case mouth before exceeding SAAMI specs. That's not much, but when using any .45 ACP style bullet in the .45 Colt, just make sure they either seat in the Colt case without exceeding the Colt length limit or that your gun's cylinder is long enough to accommodate that little bit of extra length without creating a jam. Mostly I doubt you'll find a problem.
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Thank you everyone for your help!
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