engineer40 wrote:Just throwing this info out to the community in case it could be beneficial to anyone. I have (had) 1000x 230gr FMJ hollow points from Everglades to use in my 1911. They cost about 16 cents a piece. Last weekend was the first time I tried reloading any 45 acp style bullets in my 450 Bushmaster... I have to say that I am impressed!
Only picked 1 powder and charge weight to try at first, and don't think I'm going to change anything. At 50 yards I was making 1 big hole in the paper. 2 separate 8 shot groups. Yes 8 shots per group, not lucky 3 shot groups.
These shoot better than the factory 250gr Hornady loads, which are also pretty dang accurate to be honest.
Rifle is a stock Bushmaster 16" upper.
Loads were 38gr of Lil Gun. (Use at your own risk).
Now I just need to get this darn rifle feeding more reliably and I'll be a happy camper!
engineer40 wrote:They measure .637 in length. But they are a hollow point so the ogive of the bullet may still be longer than a comparable round nose.
This is going to sound like I'm flippant with my reloading decisions, but I certainly am not. However I did not measure my COAL with this load. I eyeballed the seating depth based on the ogive of the 230gr JHP bullet with the ogive of a factory 250gr round; and that's where I set the bullet seating depth. I made the decision to try that solely because I couldn't find any data for the bullet I was using. I shot all of my reloaded ammo or I go measure one for you.
Bmt85 wrote:Couple of questions - What's the actual diameter of these bullets? Also, how much bearing surface do they have?
As far as crimping, I usually go .474-.476 depending on what I'm doing. Pretty sure Hoot experimented with taper crimping, and found you can go well past that (I want to say into the low .46's) and still headspace properly. Slowly take it down and thunk test each time.
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