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I have a new 625-8 4" I Loaded 230 hard cast shoots great . What is the standard or recommended bullet weight?

It is best new gun I have bought.

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Old 02-28-2017, 10:09 PM
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A 230 works for everything I want to do with a 45 ACP.
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230 gr is the standard bullet weight in .45ACP, but several other weights show excellent accuracy.

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Old 02-28-2017, 10:21 PM
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My 625-8 also liked 185gr LSWC loaded a little hotter than my 230gr JRN.
Yes, they are a really nice revolver.

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I have a new 625-8 4" I Loaded 230 hard cast shoots great . What is the standard or recommended bullet weight?

It is best new gun I have bought.

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Nice choice.
The low pressures .45 ACP develop don't make best use of hard cast bullets. I have been loading Hi-Tek coated bullets for my 1911 and they are quite clean. No gunk on your hands or dies.
It may sound odd but I am going to continue to load 230 grain RNL after my 200 grain LSWC supply runs out 'cause I prefer the feel of the recoil from them.
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My 1917 and 625 like 200, 220 & 230 RNFP. Both guns are 5" and shoot great. I am a big proponent of Winchester 231 and use any standard large pistol primer.

I have a few hundred full moon clips, and load up a 50Cal ammo can full of each weight. After a shooting session I strip the empties of the moons and get more ready. You never know when FUN is going to break out!

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if it is "shooting great" then it must be 230gr.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:59 AM
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You don't need anything harder than a BHN of 10 for acp. You'll get better accuracy with a bullet that is forced to the cylinder throat size when fired. Also while different weights are available usually the LRN only comes in 230 gns. The LRN loads quicker and easier than other bullet designs.
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There really is no std. Many guys shoot 200gr in their 625 for lighter recoil. I have even gone down to 155gr for some really fast shooting.
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I used to shoot 200gr SWC with W231 in my 25-2. Cuts nice clean holes in the paper, plus they're a little cheaper usually.
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Thanks for the replies. I was asking and trying to save money. I will buy from SNS Castings. I buy ten thousand rounds to get free shipping. I may change bullet profile from round nose to flat nose.
I may try different weights.

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My 625 JM is happiest with 230 FMJ or plated bullets...my 25-2 however likes anything I put into it.....I use a LOT of H&G #68 200 gr SWC that I cast myself......Extremely accurate and no leading issues like my 625 has.

Each gun has its own tendancies however.....

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5 to 5.5 gr of Bullseye is a standard.
With 230gr you get mil-spec,with 200gr you get original JMB
spec and with 185 gr you get target spec
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I have a 625-8 also. I can't help you with bullet weight. I shoot nothing but coated 230 RN in that gun and all of my 1911's. I've worked up a nice load and see no reason to experiment. Any round I load can be used in either my 625 or my 1911. Granted, a revolver might shoot about any weight of bullet in any configuration you want but a 1911 won't. I'm around 800 fps.

I like to do load development but rifles are more fun for that. Bullet weight, bullet configuration and powder show the differences much better at longer ranges.

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I wasn't aware that the 200 grain bullet was the original JMB design. Why did the Army change that? Just curious.
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I have a new 625-8 4" I Loaded 230 hard cast shoots great . What is the standard or recommended bullet weight?

It is best new gun I have bought.

Thanks Sam
The "STANDARD" bullet weight for a .45 acp is 230 grains. This was originally developed for the Colt 1911. I shoot 230 grain RNL Ball (lead) over 4.5 grains of W231. This is a mild load that will produce about 720 fps from a full sized 1911 and perfect for punching holes in paper at 50 feet. Standard velocity for 230 grain "Hardball" is between 835 and 890 fps depending on the manufacturer - just so you know.
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I have a 625-8 also. I can't help you with bullet weight. I shoot nothing but coated 230 RN in that gun and all of my 1911's. I've worked up a nice load and see no reason to experiment. Any round I load can be used in either my 625 or my 1911. Granted, a revolver might shoot about any weight of bullet in any configuration you want but a 1911 won't. I'm around 800 fps.

I like to do load development but rifles are more fun for that. Bullet weight, bullet configuration and powder show the differences much better at longer ranges.



I wasn't aware that the 200 grain bullet was the original JMB design. Why did the Army change that? Just curious.
IIRC, the model 1905 used 200 gr bullets, but the Army requested the increase, which appeared in the M1911.
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My 625-8 PC likes Nosler 185 loaded with N 310 powder. Clean and accurate.
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I think I read someplace that 200 grn SWC was the most popular bullet for 45 ACP. I guess I had it in my mind that 230 was the original loading but apparently it wasn't.

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I think I read someplace that 200 grn SWC was the most popular bullet for 45 ACP. I guess I had it in my mind that 230 was the original loading but apparently it wasn't.

I learn something everyday here if I pay attention.
230 gr FMJ is the original military loading, but many people chose the 200 SWC for target work - lighter recoil plus the SWC made cleaner holes that were easier to score.
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Here are three of my favorite lead bullet loads in my S&W 625-8.

Bullet: Desperado Cast Bullets 200 gr. Flat Base (20:1/SPG/.452)
Powder: IMR Trail Boss 4.9 grs.
Primer: Winchester Large Pistol
Case: Starline 45 Auto Rim
LOAL: Even with crimp groove
Comments: Roll crimped

Bullet: Blue Bullets 200 gr. RNFP (Polymer Coated/.452)
Powder: VihtaVuori N310 3.9 grs.
Primer: CCI-500
Case: Blazer .45 ACP
LOAL: 1.190
Comments: Roll crimped and used with full moon clips.

Bullet: Blue Bullets 230 gr. RNFP (Polymer Coated/.452)
Powder: Hodgdon Titegroup 4.6 grs.
Primer: Winchester Large Pistol
Case: PMC .45 ACP
LOAL: 1.250
Comments: Taper crimped and used with full moon clips.
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My 5" 625-2 is for punching holes in paper.It's not used by me for carry or home defense.

These days I buy bullets/primers/powder that are at a good price at gun shows,local FTF ads or gun store special sale.I'll buy and load 185gr and 200gr in Auto Rim cases with Titegroup,Bullseye and Red Dot.

The 230gr,250gr and 255gr bullets I find usually get loaded for 45 Colt in Starline cases and Unique or BE-86 powder.

No rocket science here for the indoor range just fun shooting at the paper targets I print with whatever was the cheapest find.
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