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Old 10-24-2011, 12:24 PM
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Question Favorite .45 ACP loads using Universal powder


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Do you have a favorite .45 ACP load that uses Hodgdon Universal powder, and if so would you share it? Thanks!
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:39 PM
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I've run quite a lot of 200 grain SWC cast target bullets over 4.8 grains of Universal in a full size 1911. It seems to operate the hardball gun just fine and makes a limited cost practice load. Maybe I'm losing sensitivity in my old age, but I don't feel like it's terribly different feeling from shooting commercial hardball. For true target loads I usually use a smaller dose of something slightly faster, but I wouldn't feel at a disadvantage using 4.0-4.2 grains of Universal and a 185 grain SWC for 25 yard conventional pistol targets in the Goldcup.

I use mixed brass in the .45 ACP. Most of it Starline, Top Brass, or Winchester. Federal 150 primers. No problems.
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