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Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading
Discussion regarding the reloading of ammunition and tuning of loads for accuracy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:28 am    Post subject: Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading Reply with quote

I have about 30 1x fired CCI Blazer brass I picked out of a purchase of range brass. I have read a bit about the small pistol primed brass and the feeling is mixed. Some say the smaller primer cause some powders to be dirtier than shot with the same load in a large primer case. Others don't seem to have this problem. I am still developing a load for my SA revolver in 45 ACP with 230 grain plated bullets and W231. My start is 4.2 gr. and I stopped at 5.0 gr.

The question is should I bother with the Blazer cases? I would only use them for plinking so would probably stay around 4.6 and use a lead bullet since I now have my mold for 230 grainers.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading Reply with quote

It's my understanding Mac that the Blazer ammo was never designed or intended to be reloaded.

By all means, if it is re-loadable then fill ya boots mate, and let us know how it all goes.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading Reply with quote

MacD...I ran tests using Winchester cases with the smaller primer pockets. My findings were that you will have a loss of about 25 fps with the small pistol primered .45 ACP cases. ByTheWay...Federal, Winchester and CCI make these cases.

Using W-231 I saw no increase in powder residue. My load was 5.7 grains of W-231 under a 185 grain Rainier Plated HP in Winchester cases.

Load'em Shoot'em...

One of these days I need to continue the tests using magnum small pistol primers.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:47 am    Post subject: Re: Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading Reply with quote

Thanks Bushmaster. They are now all primed and ready for powder and bullet.

Vince: The CCI aluminium cases are marked NR for Not Re-loadable. These are brass cases. I also had about 80 nickle plated cases with large primer pockets that I am also keeping for plinking rounds. This is the first time I purchased from this supplier. The cases were all deprimed and re-sized but not very clean. I even found two with live primers. This was my first 45 ACP purchase so my next will probably be with another supplier.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading Reply with quote

Ah-ha...I found it. A short summary of my tests [and I did test magnum primers].



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading Reply with quote

I tested the same load (mine) using LP and SP brass and found no difference, either in feel or at the chrono.

Load them up and be happy.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Small Primer 45 ACP Reloading Reply with quote

Good stats Bushmaster.

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