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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-23-2017, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Gas checks for .45 ACP

Started reloading for my .45 ACP and can use some suggestions on the use of gas checks when using lead cast bullets. Currently reloading 230 Speer FMJ and want to try lead bullets. I have seen the benefits of adding gas checks, in terms of reduced leading, when using lead cast bullets in my .44 mag and I am wondering if this would hold true for the .45 ACP as well.
FWIW I plan to use the .45 for target shooting only and looking to fire 185 gr bullets powered by Unique powder sparked by CCI 300 primers.

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for a lot of loads in the 45 the velocity will have minimal leading unless bullets are soft. you can have a hard bullet and still see "smoke" but that would be the bullet lube and/or powder burn temps. A 44 mag will have higher velocity and pressures. I personally shot a lot of 45 s in 155, 185, 200, 230 and 255 gr lead bullets and have found them to be accurate and contribute to longer barrel life. If a load was smokey a change of powder or charge weight cured the problem.
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I have been loading Bullseye behind 200 grain lead bullets for a long time and have never used a gas check. My loads have varied from light for target shooting to heavy for IPSC. I have never experienced leading.
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keep the load under 1000 fps you don't need them. Look up Missouri Bullet company and grab some of their coated lead 200 gr semi wadcutters. Awesome bullet.
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keep the load under 1000 fps you don't need them. Look up Missouri Bullet company and grab some of their coated lead 200 gr semi wadcutters. Awesome bullet.
Hey, looked up the site. Just a brief read of selected FAQ responses had me laughing out loud (LOL to the anointed ones). I have made it a point on my TO DO LIST to order something form these folks not only because I enjoyed the tone of the site but they offer some fascinating, and a tremendous variety, of products.

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Hey, looked up the site. Just a brief read of selected FAQ responses had me laughing out loud (LOL to the anointed ones). I have made it a point on my TO DO LIST to order something form these folks not only because I enjoyed the tone of the site but they offer some fascinating, and a tremendous variety, of products.

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Yep... the bullets shoot great too!
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