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Posted: February 28 2018 at 10:41am | IP Logged
I shoot a bunch of 45ACP. Have a new Marlin lever in 45
Anyone ever loaded a 200 gr flat point 45ACP HG #68 in
45 Colt brass? Plan to use about 8.5 gr of Unique and an
OAL of 1.620" Should work in theory, but we all know
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Posted: February 28 2018 at 12:26pm | IP Logged
I shoot that bullet in my .45 ACP so I'm familiar with the shape. What I
think I would do in your case is make up a few dummy rounds with the
bullet and see if they will feed OK. I had a Marlin in .44 Mag. that would
not feed and semi-wadcutters bullets in any style. I had the same
problem with a Winchester M94 in .45 Colt. SWC shaped bullets would
If feed does not turn out to be a problem, then I see no reason why you
shouldn't use them.
Now, don't take this negatively. However, it is pretty common knowledge that pointed bullets are not at home in a tubular magazine.
Tests have shown the worst combination for tubular magazine fireworks is a "hard" bullet that has sharp corners around the ogive(think SWC) and even bullets with small flat noses, coupled with pistol primers.
Pistol primers are softer than their rifle counterparts.
Seems to me the .45 Colt using H&G68 and pistol primers
could be a recipe for trouble. Then, throw in the likelihood that the H&G68(which has no crimping groove) could easily be driven deeper into the case by the effects of recoil and tension from the magazine spring, and the pressures could rise with the firing of each round.
Yep, sometimes theory should just stay.....theory!
I'd look for a bullet with a crimp groove.
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Posted: March 14 2018 at 10:22am | IP Logged
I have the H&G 68, I have shot a lot of those in my .45 Revolvers, but never in my Win. 94 .45 Colt. The meplat on the bullet is big enough that you should not have any magazine issues in a tubular feed gun.
My concern is that the sharp SWC shoulder on the bullet could cause feeding issues. One way to tell, give it a try...!
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