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I am working on a couple self defense loads for my Para Carry .45 (3" 1911).

185 gr. Hornandy hp/xtp
5.5 Bullseye

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230 gr. Hornancy FMJ-RN
5.0 Bulleye

I have not chrnographed the loads yet, but have gotten a decent ammount of flash when shooting both loads. Since most shootings happen in low or no light, I am afraid the flash will be too much.

Can anyone recommend a load (powder) that may reduce this flash a bit. Or because of the short barrel, will I pretty much get flash with whatever I use?

I am sure I will go with the the 185 gr Hornandy in the end.

PLEASE do not tell me not to reload self defense ammo! I like to practice with what I carry, and practice a lot with it. Let's save the should I or should I not carry reloads for SD ammo for another thread please! Thanks.

Otherwise...
Any help is appreciated!
 

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IMO&E

230g bullet, IMI case, Federal primer, Hodgdon Universal Clays, Vihtavuori Oy N350.

The 185g, IMO, is too light for its diameter.
 

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I load AA #2 for low flash.
It was the lowest flash powder of 14 tried in the Tactical Journal. I'll run my own comparison one of these days.
It will approach 1000 fps with a 185 gr JHP.
 
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