Being relatively new at reloading, could someon suggest some moderate loads that are accurate for the FA 97 in .45 lc. What would be a good powder to use? and what bullet wt. is a good moderate wt bullet?
No one can say for sure what will work best in your gun, although in a FA I'd think nearly anything would be accurate.
The 'usual' .45 colt for many years was a 250-255gr. cast lead semi-wadcutter (SWC or LSWC), at about 800-900 fps. You can certainly exceed these ballistics, by a lot actually in the FA, but these would be very pleasant loads to shoot.
There are a huge number of powders that will achieve these ballistics. Bullseye (5.5 - 6.0 grains), Red Dot (same charges as Bullseye), WW231 (about 7.0 grains), Unique (not sure - 8.0 grains?), AA#2 (about 7.0 grains), Titegroup (about 7.0 grains).... well, the list goes on and on. I've used several of these and currently load AA#2.
Good luck.... I'd advise picking up a good loading manual. Hornady, Sierra, Speer, Nosler, Hodgdon, Accurate Arms, Lyman, even the free booklest from Alliant, Winchester, etc.... they all have good useful information.
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