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Kragax

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XD Loads
« on: October 23, 2010, 10:03:52 am »
I am currently working up a target load for my XD .45 service (4"). Im using 230grn LRN bullets and have either 700X or Bullseye powder. Does anyone have a favorite load setup with either of these powders. Looking for a gallery load, accurate at 50ft indoors, but strong enough to cycle the weapon. Slowly playing with this, just wondered if anyone else has worked on this.

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    Re: XD Loads
    « Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 10:20:16 am »
    I am currently working up a target load for my XD .45 service (4"). Im using 230grn LRN bullets and have either 700X or Bullseye powder. Does anyone have a favorite load setup with either of these powders. Looking for a gallery load, accurate at 50ft indoors, but strong enough to cycle the weapon. Slowly playing with this, just wondered if anyone else has worked on this.

    I don't have experience with those two powders, but ... I have done something like that with W231 when working with cream of wheat as a case filler.  Cautiously working up a load with the case filler, I cut  my starting charge back to about 50% of max instead of the normal 90% of max.  I found it interesting that a 50% load of W231 and 230RN bullets sounded about as loud or quiet as a .22LR without the 'crack'.  It wasn't enough to cycle the action on a 4" M&P45.  

    In the case of W231 the max load for 230LRN is about 5.8 grains or so of W231.  I worked up from about 2.5 grains (because I was using case filler in between the powder and bullet, that could unpredictably raise pressures) in small increments.  IIRC it took something like 3.5 to 4.0 grains to reliably cycle the action.  Also IIRC the 3.0 to 3.5 grain loads (about half of published max) were going something like 500-600 fps.

    With the usual disclaimers about potentially dangerous low-level loads detonating instead of burning, we take no responsibility for loading outside of the bounds suggested by reloading tables, reloading is a potentially hazardous activity etc etc, it might be possible to do something similar with your powders.

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    Re: XD Loads
    « Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 03:29:33 pm »
    I am currently working up a target load for my XD .45 service (4"). Im using 230grn LRN bullets and have either 700X or Bullseye powder. Does anyone have a favorite load setup with either of these powders. Looking for a gallery load, accurate at 50ft indoors, but strong enough to cycle the weapon. Slowly playing with this, just wondered if anyone else has worked on this.

    You may not want to add another powder, but flake shotgun powder is tailor made for this application.   Green Dot is the my choice, but Red Dot and Clays are options.  I shot up 16 pounds of American Select that I found a great deal on.  It works about as well.  Lots of people have started to use Alliant's Promo.  The price can't be beat but, because of how it is made, there is no factory data for metallic cartridges and with every new lot you have to rework your loads. 


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    Re: XD Loads
    « Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 03:38:54 pm »
    Yeah, I was beat to the punch there, because I was going to suggest a more "bulky" powder like was suggested. One of the "Clays" line (Clays, Universal Clays, International Clays) might be perfect. They aren't as cheap. but they do burn super-clean.
    I see this one at Hodgdon's website:
    230 GR. LRN     Hodgdon     Clays     .452"     1.200"     3.5     716     13,700 CUP     4.0     793     16,800 CUP     
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