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Old 09-28-2016, 03:34 PM
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Default Anyone shoot 200 grain semi-wadcutters in their .45?

I was reading where the "semi-wadcutters" were considered more accurate then standard FMJ. I found a place that sells remanufactured ammo and will pay you for your used brass.

Any thoughts?? Thinking of placing an order.

http://shop.qualitymadecartridges.co...m?productId=34
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:51 PM
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I would try it. At 25 yards max the shooter is the weakest link.

I once bought a pack of 250 reloaded lead .40 from Dicks. I could only get through 60 before I trashed the rest. The powder they had used was so bad the guy in the next lane tapped me on he shoulder and said black powder is outside.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:18 PM
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Wad cutters are great for home defense. They pack an amazing punch. True wad cutters are not very accurate beyond what a close combat situation would call for. They are far to blunt and lose speed fast. That being said it hits like a hollow point without the speed so leaves tons of damage.
Kieth style SWC are used for hunting and competition. They a great combo. Amazing how many different cuts that are offered.

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Old 09-28-2016, 08:24 PM
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I know you asked about .45, but I'm shooting a shit load of plated 147gr SWC through my suppressed G19. A little more accurate than the 147gr RN I was shooting before.
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:25 PM
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I have shot probably 60k+ 200 SWC's through my 1911s in 45 ACP. All my reloads. Great bullet if loaded right it just works. I use 5.4 to 5.6 grains of Win 231.

Very accurate and easier shooter than hardball.

I use them in both practice and IDPA. Couldn't tell you if the referenced supplier is good or not. No experience with them. But their referenced velocity is about right.
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:54 AM
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Not exactly- but I do shoot about an ounce of wadbutter through my 8"
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Well, this went sideways.
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:22 AM
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Sorry- I was "shooting" for some morning humor and didn't mean to derail!
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:41 AM
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I always had 185 wad cutters for 45ACP. But since mine weren't jacketed, it makes cleaning a mess, even if firing some FMJ afterwards to get the lead out of the barrel. They leave awesome holes in the paper too.
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With lead SWC's you need to dial in the charge, otherwise they can be prone to leading the barrel. But if this is 45acp, I doubt it will be much of an issue, as they are leaving around 850 fps. I'd worry more with the faster calibers.

If you switch to FMJ to clean some of the lead out ( I do this too) I only use one round, then I check the barrel to make sure it made it through. Don't fire a FMJ through if it's leaded really bad.

Once I got my .44spl loads just right, I could fire 200 rounds with hardly any leading at all. Polygonal barrels seem to lead up easier than traditional land & groove barrels.

As C2F mentioned, they leave much better holes in the paper.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:39 AM
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I never thought cleaning out lead with FMJ was a good idea. Invitation for high pressures.

Go to the grocery and buy a bag of copper "Chore Boy" scouring pads. Be sure to get the real all copper Chore Boy and not some imitation copper plated steel crap. Unravel the pad, and cut out a 2" x 2" square of the material. Wrap it snugly around an old copper cleaning brush. Run that arrangement through your barrel DRY. Do not use solvent, don't brush ahead of time, just run this thing through dry. It might be a little hard to push into the leade from the chamber end - that's OK copper is much softer than steel. It'll cut the lead right out with about 4 or 5 back and forth strokes.. You'll see little shards of lead on the choreboy. Then follow with your favorite solvent and clean as normal.

Takes about 20 seconds.
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:42 AM
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Will likely have feeding issues.
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Old 10-17-2016, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Reely Nice GW View Post
Will likely have feeding issues.
The H&G #68 profile 200 gr SWC bullet is considered one of the best feeding bullets out there for 45 ACP.. Two things cause problems. First, copper plating or "copper wash" on the bullet turns it into a difficult feeder. Second, people load to really goofy OAL's.

Stick to lead SWC's only, 1.240" to 1.270" long and it'll likely run like a scalded cat.

(the reason the copper plate honks things up is that the copper tends to grab the feed ramp whereas lead just skips off it).
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:27 PM
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Semi-wadcutters work great out of my three 1911's but I caution against buying remanufactured ammo. Every kaboom story I have ever seen, read about or heard about involves remanufactured ammo. If you want reloads roll-your-own so you know what quality control went into making the ammo. Otherwise, stick with factory loads.

Also, I shoot a lot of 148gr .38 special wadcutters in revolvers. They aren't any more accurate than ball ammo, but they punch such nice clean holes it looks more accurate.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:40 AM
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If you're going to shoot a lot of them, do it in a well-ventilated area.

And wash your hands afterwards.
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