45 Automatic +P

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Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may be excessive in others. All loads should be reduced by 5% as a starting point for development where cartridges have greater than 40 grains in capacity and 10% for cartridges with less than 40 grain capacity following safe handloading practices as represented in established mainstream reloading manuals. Presentation of these loads does not constitute a solicitation for their use, nor a recommendation.

Cartridge: 45 Automatic +P
Firearm Colt Government
Barrel Length 5.0″
Min – Max Case Length 0.898″ +0.0″/-0.010″
Min – Max Cartridge Overall Length* 1.190″ – 1.275″
Primer CCI 300 – Large Pistol
Bullet Diameter – Jacketed**
0.4520″ +0.0″/-0.003″
Reloading Dies RCBS
* Min-Max Cartridge Overall Length Match  SWC 1.140″ – 1.255″
** Bullet Diameter Cast
  0.4530″ +0.0″/-0.003″

 

Bullet Type  Bullet Weight
Grains
Net H2O
Grains
Capacity
COL” Powder Type Powder Charge
Grains
Muzzle Velocity
fps
Muzzle Energy
ft/lbs
Remington GS 185 16.8 1.230 AA No.7 13.5 1172 564
Remington GS 185 16.8 1.230 Power Pistol 9.8 1143 537
Remington GS 185 16.8 1.230 Long Shot 9.8 1119 514
Speer Gold Dot 185 15.8 1.200 Power Pistol 10.0 1174 565
Speer Gold Dot 185 15.8 1.200 Long Shot 9.8 1128 523
Speer Gold Dot 185 15.8 1.200 RS Silhouette
8.9 1132 526
Hornady XTP 185 15.7 1.245 AA No.7 13.2 1160 553
Hornady XTP 185 15.7 1.245 Power Pistol 9.8 1150 543
Hornady XTP 185 15.7 1.245 RS True Blue 8.8 1120 515
Speer Gold Dot 200 14.4 1.200 AA No.7
12.3 1098 535
Speer Gold Dot 200 14.4 1.200 Power Pistol 9.0 1083 521
Speer Gold Dot 200 14.4 1.200 Long Shot 8.7 1061 500
Hornady HP/XTP 200 15.1 1.230 AA No.9 14.0 1089 527
Hornady HP/XTP 200 15.1 1.230 Blue Dot 12.4 1104 541
Hornady HP/XTP 200 15.1 1.230 Power Pistol 9.5 1107 544
Hunter’s Supply SWC 200 13.4 1.190 AA No.9 13.5 1069 508
Hunter’s Supply SWC 200 13.4 1.190 Blue Dot 12.0 1108 545
Hunter’s Supply SWC 200 13.4 1.190 Power Pistol 9.4 1116 553
Hornady HP/XTP 230 12.9 1.230 AA No.9 11.7 965 475
Hornady HP/XTP 230 12.9 1.230 Power Pistol 8.0 989 499
Hornady HP/XTP 230 12.9 1.230 Long Shot 8.0 966 476
Speer Gold Dot 230 11.3 1.200 Power Pistol 7.5 969 479
Speer Gold Dot 230 11.3 1.200 Long Shot 7.4 935 447
Speer Gold Dot 230 11.3 1.200 CFE Pistol
6.1 948 459
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