Posts Tagged ‘45acp’

45 ACP Bullets

Posted: December 29, 2011 in IDPA
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.45 ACP 230gr Jacketed Hollow Point Zero Bullets

For the past three of years I’ve been using Montana Gold Bullets, switching between their CMJ and JHP flavors in 185gr and 230gr. I’ve heard good things about Zero Bullets, so I decided to give them a try. I came across them on Christmas Eve while browsing the website by chance. They had the zero bullets in stock so I decided to buy them. After placing the order I got the usual automated order confirmation email, then on Christmas Day, another email saying that they’ve been shipped! Huh!?!?

I actually feel a bit guilty for placing the order on Christmas Eve. I expected them to take a few days off during the holiday and was expecting the order to be processed some time after that, but no, they got right on it and shipped them out. Had I known that these guys work during the holidays I would have waited to place my order. I think everyone deserves some time away from work relaxing, hanging out with family and friends, traveling out of town or whatever your heart desires. While I appreciate the speedy response, the order was for a box of bullets, not one for a box of critical medical supplies.

The people at obviously work hard. I really appreciate their effort to ship my bullets quickly and will definitely buy from them again. They definitely exceeded my expectations, which is always a great thing to do.

Montana Gold Bullet 185gr JHP vs Zero Bullet 230gr JHP

Now it’s time for me to get some of these zero bullets loaded up and see what I can do with them. You can see from the image that I was previously shooting 185 grain JHP from Montana Gold Bullet, so I’m going to have to adjust my load recipe again, but that’s not a bad thing. My Dillon XL 650 needs some lubrication and recalibration anyway, so it would be a good time to get some maintenance work done to it while I’m switching loads.

My new 45acp load for ESP

Posted: June 8, 2009 in IDPA
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My wife just messaged me to let me know that my next case of Montana Gold bullets have arrived. Poor postman knocked on the door to make sure someone was home before carrying them up the driveway. Not that I have a long drive way, but the case weighs about 65lbs, so I understand.

Since I’ve switched to ESP, where the minimum power factor is 125,000, I shall be trying out a new load to take my ammo from around 170PF down to about 130PF. I’ll be using 230gr FMJ on top of 3.5gr of Clays, keeping the OAL at 1.260.

I just need to wait until my 10lb wolff spring arrives to test them out, but they should be super soft shooting.

I also have a couple hundred 180gr moly coated bullets from Billy Bullets which I wanted to try out, but I want to load up the 230s first to save me fiddling with the press twice. I have all my brass prepped, so it shouldn’t take long to crank them out after I test a batch.

With the softer recoil spring I’m a little concerned that any friction in “the system” could start to create some return to battery failures. I’d recently smoothed out the breach face and ramp, but I think I’ll also go over the bottom of the slide where it contacts the disconnecter. As well as the recoil spring, I’m also waiting on a 17lb hammer spring which should help with this.

Once I have it all together it’s going to be fun learning how the gun feels in this setup. I’d like to try running through Matt Burkett’s timing drills, as I’ve never done them before.