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I would like to shoot steel but only have .45 caliber 1911 pistols. A power factor of less than 150 is required and no jacketed bullets. Is there a commercial lead ammo that fits? This rule seems to me to require handloads or a smaller caliber. How will such a power factor load run in a standard pistol that runs 230 hardball. JHP and 200 grain Black Hills LSWC? Will a spring change be necessary?

Thank you for your help.

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A friend of mine thinks well of Precision Delta, although I think I can load better than they do. But they do list a 200 gr SWC at 700 fps; P.F. = 140. That is about the dividing line for reliable function in a 5-inch .45 with stock recoil spring. So if it doesn't work in your gun, a 12 lb spring would cost only about $7.50.
http://www1.cybertron.com/websites/precisiondelta/about.html
 

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I've got loading data for such loads, if you want to give that a try. Unless you have a hard grip (tight hold) you will have to go to a lighter spring to get it to work.

I used to shoot PPC with a 1911, and carried a 596 average, but I was the only one who could shoot my .45 without stovepiping it.
 
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