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Posted: November 29 2017 at 7:31am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder


Most of the time the rule is that .45ACP is twice as expensive as 9mm.

I have not bought any .45ACP ammo in 40 years, I scrounged old military brass, used salvage lead, my only cost was primers and powder. Back when primers were $9.00 for a 1000, and Bulls Eye and Unique were in the $5-8.00 a can
a box of .45 ACP cost about a dollar to make, and .22lr were 75 cents a box.

I have obe old series 70 Colt that has been in continuous service since I bought it new in 1970.

Last spring I bought a Ruger American .45ACP, a bit of a learning curve there as well, that gun just will not shoot any of the SWC bullets I have molds for. I tried my RNFP (262 gr.) bullet for the .45 Colt, it worked flawlessly. I got bought the same design lee bullet in the 200 gr, size and that has turned into my favorite bullet for the American. I have a load of 5.5 gr of Trail Boss, that is very accurate, and you can shoot a couple of magazines through, take the gun down for cleaning and you cannot tell it has been fired, just a very clean load, I am shooting nearly pure lead in the .45 and with the above load there is not a speck of anything in the barrel, lead, powder residue.

Another load for the American I enjoy is a .454 round ball seated at the "equator" of the ball a fairly heavy crimp and 3.5 gr, of clays, this is not so clean, but it does not throw my brass off into the brush, it is very accurate, I have taken ground squirrels out to 25 yards, these are just fun plinking loads. I also loaded some of the ball loads over 5 gr. of Clays and those will function through the action, the manual state those should be in the 1000 fps range, I have yet to chronograph them, I tend to think they are slower than 1k fps.

My experiences with polymer frame striker fired guns. The American with a full magazine weighs less than an empty 1911..trying new stuff is fun.

There are a lot of variations on that theme, it seems like every week someone comes out with a new polymer gun.

There are some very good, well designed imports that can be had for less than $300, I tend to favor American made stuff, mostly because I have no idea how long any of the imported guns will be supported, with S&W and Ruger, that is not a problem.

I did have an issue with my Ruger 9mm, and sent it back to Ruger, they made the repairs and handled the shipping at no cost to me and had the gun back in 8 days.

I am thinking about a round ball mold for the 9mm, to make plinking loads, something for those pesky pine cones I run into out on the trail... :)
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Posted: November 29 2017 at 2:20pm | IP Logged Quote joed

The .45acp is my favorite although I hated it in the Service.   Years
later I picked up a Kimber Pro Carry II that is my favorite.   The
Kimber has amazing accuracy, better then most of my revolvers.

I do load for it but so far only jacketed bullets.

Not a Ruger fan since I had the Red Label O/U.    About 10 years old
and Ruger only supports it with limited parts.   I sold it and moved on
to a Browning Superposed made in 1956.   I can still get parts.

The 6 gun was once as common as the cellphone is today, and just as annoying when it went off in the theater.
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