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 1911 45 acp 4.25" barrel load data for 230 grain fmj 
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Hey guys, anyone here have accurate load data for a 45 ACP 230 grain fmj and a 4.25" Commander barrel? Any information is much appreciated. Thanks in advance :thumbsup2:

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Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:13 pm
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Same as a 5" Barrel.
What is your projectile? What is your powder?
I've had good luck with this site. Start a little low and work your way up.
http://www.handloads.com/loaddata/

I load Bear Creek moly coated 200 grain RNHB with 5.6-5.9 grains of Win 231 or HP38 with an OAL of around about 1.25". These will fire in any 1911 no matter the barrel length. That's been my recipe for years. I also really like Accurate #2 and Unique for 45acp.

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I use 5.0 grains of reddot


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5.5gr titegroup with 230gr bullet seated around 1.275. I use it on multiple 1911's including commander barrels and my XD's.


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5.3 of #2 it has never let me down. Works in my 1911's, sig, H&K and everything else I have tried like the kriss

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mash man wrote:
5.3 of #2 it has never let me down. Works in my 1911's, sig, H&K and everything else I have tried like the kriss

Accurate #2 is the holy grail of powders for pistol applications. Went a few years recently with none on the shelves. I'm really happy that it is making a comeback. It will power 9mm and 38 special excellently also.

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mash man wrote:
5.3 of #2 it has never let me down. Works in my 1911's, sig, H&K and everything else I have tried like the kriss

Accurate #2 is the holy grail of powders for pistol applications. Went a few years recently with none on the shelves. I'm really happy that it is making a comeback. It will power 9mm and 38 special excellently also.


I know right. When you find a 5 lbs jug you see a beam of light shining down lol.

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I use 5.2 gr of vv320. 181 power factor with plated bullets 230gr.
I use slower powders like true blue for xtp hollowpoints


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Thanks for the information. Current powders on hand are, Titegroup, AA452, HP-38, Longshot, 800X, Clays, Universal and Green dot. So far I'm getting accurate loads using Longshot on the minimum starting load @ 6.3 grains The velocity is 848 fps but that's for a 5" barrel. I wonder approximately what my fps is coming out of 4.25" barrel?

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phorsfall wrote:
Thanks for the information. Current powders on hand are, Titegroup, AA452, HP-38, Longshot, 800X, Clays, Universal and Green dot. So far I'm getting accurate loads using Longshot on the minimum starting load @ 6.3 grains The velocity is 848 fps but that's for a 5" barrel. I wonder approximately what my fps is coming out of 4.25" barrel?

Be careful with titegroup. Great powder, but goes overly explosive rapidly when overfilled. Wes always warned me about Titegroup.

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Here is load data/chrono data from a Colt Commander in 4.25 barrel using CFE Pistol Powder and a cast 225 bullet, powder coated.
These run about 75 fps slower than Winchester 45ACP white box and that's fine for plinking ammo.


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phorsfall wrote:
Thanks for the information. Current powders on hand are, Titegroup, AA452, HP-38, Longshot, 800X, Clays, Universal and Green dot. So far I'm getting accurate loads using Longshot on the minimum starting load @ 6.3 grains The velocity is 848 fps but that's for a 5" barrel. I wonder approximately what my fps is coming out of 4.25" barrel?


Could be slower, could be faster; it really just depends on your barrel and the specific load. Any guesses about the velocity difference are just guesses.


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Just a quick chrono'ing test on a 2" barrel vs 3" barrel resulted in the 2" barrel velocity at a slower velocity, by about 75 fps slower, than 3". My guess is that a 4 1/4 inch barrel will be slighlty slowere than a 5".

I will run a test this weekend with a Commander and full length barrel 1911.


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I have also seen 4-1/4" 1911 barrels be faster than other 5" barrels. You really can't make a worthwhile guess on this one, gotta measure it to know.


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