45 Automatic – Standard Pressure

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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 Standard Pressure
Firearm S&W M&P 45 Shield
Barrel Length 4.0″
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
Speer TMJ 185 11.9 1.135 Bullseye 5.0 876 315
Speer TMJ 185 11.9 1.135 AutoComp 6.5 831 284
Speer TMJ 185 11.9 1.135 Win 231 5.0 773 246
Remington GS 185 16.8 1.230 AA No.7 13.0 1053 456
Remington GS 185 16.8 1.230 Power Pistol 9.2 1018 426
Remington GS 185 16.8 1.230 Long Shot 9.2 1038 443
Speer Gold Dot 185 15.8 1.200 Power Pistol 9.5 1045 449
Speer Gold Dot 185 15.8 1.200 Long Shot 9.7 1050 453
Speer Gold Dot 185 15.8 1.200 RS True Blue 9.4 1025 432
Hornady XTP 185 15.7 1.245 AA No.7 12.7 1044 448
Hornady XTP 185 15.7 1.245 Power Pistol 9.6 1065 466
Hornady XTP 185 15.7 1.245 RS True Blue 9.2 1013 422
Speer Gold Dot 200 14.4 1.200 Blue Dot 11.0 945 397
Speer Gold Dot 200 14.4 1.200 Power Pistol 8.5 964 413
Speer Gold Dot 200 14.4 1.200 Long Shot 8.7 970 418
Hornady HP/XTP 200 15.1 1.230 AA No.7 12.0 987 433
Hornady HP/XTP 200 15.1 1.230 Blue Dot 11.0 929 383
Hornady HP/XTP 200 15.1 1.230 Power Pistol 8.7 972 420
Hunter’s Supply SWC 200 13.4 1.190 AA No.7 11.5 966 415
Hunter’s Supply SWC 200 13.4 1.190 Power Pistol 8.5 994 439
Hunter’s Supply SWC 200 13.4 1.190 CFE Pistol 7.0 983 429
Acme Hardcast FP 225 12.2 1.200 Power Pistol 7.6 971 471
Acme Hardcast FP 225 12.2 1.200 CFE Pistol 7.2 935 437
Acme Hardcast FP 225 12.2 1.200 Long Shot 8.0 949 450
Hornady HP/XTP 230 12.9 1.230 AA No.7 10.5 907 420
Hornady HP/XTP 230 12.9 1.230 Power Pistol 8.0 934 445
Hornady HP/XTP 230 12.9 1.230 Long Shot 7.8 895 409
Speer Gold Dot 230 11.3 1.200 Power Pistol 7.4 888 403
Speer Gold Dot 230 11.3 1.200 Long Shot 7.2 867 384
Speer Gold Dot 230 11.3 1.200 Vectan Ba9 5.8 844 364
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