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I want to load some 45ACP's with Rainier 200 grain SWC and WW 231 powder, what is some of your loads with this combination, and where are they on the power scale.
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Hey if you want a tackdriving load for your 1911 that will make major get yourself a # of Alliant "Red Dot". My pet load is 5.2 grains with a 200 grain SWC. It prints in every 1911 I've ever seen it used in. Gave up on 231 several years ago - way too dirty! Just my, unsolicited, 2 cents. Good Shooting, Cowboy1
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5.7 grains barely made the 165 power factor minimums with WW231 as I recall. This is the jacketed bullet from Rainier, isn't it? It became my favorite SWC because of reliability & accuracy. Borrow or rent a chrono to make sure.
 

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I second what NAA said. But I also give two thumbs up for "CLAYS". Very low S/Ds. 231
cruds up the action and mags...
 

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Here is a WW 231 load for your Rainer 200 gr. SWC.
5.0 grs. WW 231
Federal 150 Primer
1.250 OAL
Could not find my all my records, but I think these loads are about 800 to 825 fps.
These loads were shot out of a Springfield 5" 45 that has a Kart barrel in it.

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As I recall, to make "major" you will need to be around 5.7 to 5.8 Gns of 231.

5.0 gns will not get you there, but it might make for a good reduced practice load..

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I have been using 5.8 grs. 231 with a 200 gr. cast bullet for I.P.S.C here in Canada for 3 yrs. and love it. It is dirty but it has always been consistent for me. 904 fps. average= 180 PF. I am also starting to work with the clays powder as well. Good luck.
 

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Jacketed bullets are usually slower than lead bullets, everything else being equal.
 

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I use 5.5 grains with a cast bullet to make major. 5.0 would be too little, especially for a jacketed bullet. 5.3 grains only gets me 830 FPS seated at 1.20".
 

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I have found lead to go faster than jacketed,all else being equal,and Rainers or any other plated bullet to pretty much fall in between the two.Dont start loading a new combination at major power levels what ever you do.
 

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I just started working up this same load, 231 and Rainier plated 200 gr. SWC. I started at 4.8 and 5.0gr of 231. The 5.0 gr seemed a little more accurate at 10 yds. Then I moved up to 5.2 and 5.4gr 231. The 5.4 was more accurate than 5.2 gr. I then went back and shot all three and found the 5.0 and 5.4gr seemed to be about the same in terms of accuracy but the 5.2gr was definitly worse. I was seating all to 1.265 with a taper crimp of 0.471" and had no feeding issues out of my Kimber 5".

I'm going to settle on 5.4gr of 231. Sorry but no velocity info.
 

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You didn't say what the application was . . .

One of my fav loads in .45 acp is 200 lead SWC, 1.250" oal, 5.7 to 5.9 grns of 231 for a PF of about 180.

I also like 5.0 grns of bullseye. It seems to shoot a little softer than 231 for the same PF.

I find bullseye to have very small std deviation numbers. Dirty? Not any more so than any other powder I've used. It also meters very well through my D550 and D650.

As always, start 10% lighter and work your way up to the figures I state.

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AT one time I shot a load that used a 200 gr swc hard cast bullet on top of 5.7grains of Win 231 with a Rem. large pistol primer overall length was 1.245 this load was accurate in just about every gun I shot it in. I was thinking this load use to make the old 175 power factor but chronograph the load to make sure. If there was ever a powder made for the 45acp W231 is it.
Regards, Bob Hunter www.huntercustoms.com

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