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I'm planning to load some .45acp rds. with cast bullets. I recently picked up one of those new S&W M1917 pistols (1st. moon clip pistol, Love It). I'm just wondering how well they would cycle in my 1911s? Have never tried cast in an Auto before, but a couple of my 1911s have gobbled up everything I've shoved in'm so far. Any Hell Yeas or Hell Nos from the peanuts gallery would be Grrrreat!
 

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Let me know how it works out, Deadeye. I may eventually do the same thing. I load fmj for my 45, but wouldn't pass up a sale on anything that'll shoot.
 

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I have loaded them in my 1911 and had problems initially as I didn't seat the bullet deep enough and the round nose had a collar that was catching. Once I seated the bullets deeper flush with the collar they functioned just fine.
 

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Wish I could offer some help but.... Looked for some cast 45 bullets in SWC and finally found some 200 gr. Then my dies arrived and they sent the wrong type (45 Long). I have not gotten the return number for shipping back to them and even though this is no real problem I have been lazy. Therefore, I had hoped to reload some cast 45's but as of yet have not yet begun this activity. Seems reloading is the only choice to really drop the cost of the 45 ammo but of course the cost of the other components is still high these days.
 

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I avoided cast bullets in my auto loaders for years due to a bad experience with some cheap bullets I bought at a gun shop once. I loaded up some 9mm lead bullets that just leaded the barrel so bad it was unbelievable. Long story short, I have started shooting lead again the last couple years through them, and they work just great! As long as they are made hard enough, you should have no problems. I shoot lead in both my 9mm and .45, and they are actually more accurate than my jacketed bullets, as a rule.
 

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I've loaded both hand cast and store bought. I found the 200 grain rounded was the best feeder, and use them also in the Blackhawk. The SWC style may give you problems, due to the shoulder step on the bullet. Otherwise, I have had no problems.
 

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should be no problems.

make a batch of say---14 or 21 rounds and hit the range. With RNL i predict all will be well.......

confirm the load as an accurate one that will feed and try 50 rds next time out...........

once your confident all is well then life is good............ :)

What type of 1911's by the way??? :)
 

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I have a Colt 80 series & a Thompson/AO, they both will cycle just about anything. I have a AMT Hardballer also but like the name says, hardballs all she plays. I'll post post some pics here tonight, I the gun pics section.
 
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