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Posted: January 13 2018 at 1:51pm | IP Logged Quote hdwhit

When my grandfather passed away, I ended up inheriting his M1911A1 45 ACP pistol along with one box of World War II vintage ammunition and two boxes of Korean War vintage ammunition (which I have treated as collectors items even thought I don't know that they are).

The first time I shoot a gun that is new to me, I shoot a box of factory ammunition through it. That way if there is a problem, I can eliminate my reloads as a potential source of the problem. After that, it's only my stuff.

So, I went to the local gun store (which has since gone out of business) and bought a 45 ACP Lee Speed Die (remember those?), a bag of previously fired brass and a box of 200 grain SWC bullets.

That was my first introduction to the fact 45 ACP brass comes in both small and large primer varieties.

So, another trip to the store for some large pistol primers later, I had a hundred rounds loaded up with some Hercules Blue Dot (which I already had). The load data I had from Hercules didn't specify any difference in load for small versus large primers, so I loaded every case the same.

At the range, I really couldn't tell the difference between the large primer rounds and the small primer rounds, but while I'm a competent shooter, I'm far from a precision shooter. Is this the experience that everyone else has, or is there a real difference (beyond the obvious "oops" moment when you try to shove a large primer into a small primer pocket) that I need to be watching out for?
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Posted: January 13 2018 at 2:04pm | IP Logged Quote hdwhit

I should also mention that I'm about 75 days from retirement (assuming my last case wraps up as planned, otherwise I'm 105 or maybe 135 days away).

In any case, my take-home pay is going to drop by several hundred dollars a month. To help ease that transition, I spent the last few years laying in enough reloading supplies to last me through most - if not all - of my retirement.

And that means I have a bunch of prepared (cleaned, sized, expanded, primed) brass ready to go in both large and small primer varieties. What I'm looking for is the voice of experience to tell me whether I need to adjust my loadings for small primer versus large primer cases when I load them.

When I do a new load, I follow the standard "ladder" protocol; beginning with the Starting load and working up incrementally. When I use an existing recipe, I start there and continue. Starting loads are usually 85%-88% of maximum and I usually find a "sweet spot" somewhere between about 92%-94% of the maximum load, so I'm not chasing or exceeding maximum.

I don't want my nickname to be "lefty" or "one eye jack".
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Posted: January 13 2018 at 2:39pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

http://forums.handloads.com/forum_posts.asp?
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Asked and answered. Hope the link works. I'm no computer
guy.. Anyway, discussed to infinity and beyond!

Edited by Old Ranger on January 13 2018 at 2:44pm


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Posted: January 13 2018 at 3:46pm | IP Logged Quote hdwhit

Thanks, Old Ranger. I'll read the posts in the link.
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Posted: January 13 2018 at 5:24pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

I didn't read the link, but I just get rid of SPP brass for the .45 ACP.
A real PIA to me....
I have so much 45 acp brass that missing a few hundred
won't make a difference.....

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