Sellier & Bellot .45 ACP Ammo

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  1. Gruxxx

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    I've been seeing some good deals lately on S&B .45 ACP 230 grn FMJ ammo. I reload, but also like to keep a healthy supply of factory stock. Two questions. #1, Is this stuff decent practice ammo? ...and #2, How is the brass for reloading? I Duck-Duck-Go'd it and only found some 2011-ish discussions that seemed to have a consensus that the primer pockets needed to be swaged.
     
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    I'm sure some S&B made it into my target ammo bins. I don't recall if it needed swaged or not.
    It's good target ammo and good brass. And more importantly, something you didn't ask, it's all large primer pocket.
     
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    That's something you only let happen once :17:
     
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    I only have experience with the .45 acp fmj ammo but I really like it. I’ve had no feed issues, good brass, and my 1911’s really like it, as it’s very accurate and I get very nice groups. I reload and scrounge brass and I can’t recall having any specific issues with the primer pockets.
     
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    Yes, decent brass and yes, tight primer pockets. I reloaded the same 200 cases ten times with a pretty healthy dose of Unique and they all made it through with no cracks or splits. Can't say that for a few other brands of brass.

    Re: the primer pockets. I've chamfered them with decent results and swaging obviously works. Honestly I never noticed it until I started throwing them in the mixed brass rotation. They are far less forgiving of sloppy alignment at the primer station than other common ACP brass. They do tend to get a bit more agreeable after a couple firings.
     
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    Some of the S&B loads have heavy primer coating (red) that tends to gunk up pistols after awhile. Had 9mm the primers were hard, my Springfield 1911 would get a few FTF every mag or so, would fire on a second go.
     
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    I use a 310 tool for rimmed cartridges and I purchased quite a few of the S&B .45 Colt a few years ago during a sale. They are the only ones that have bent the primer extractor on the die set. I had to replace one on the first 50 rounds. I just threw away the brass for the S&B after that and never purchased more. The HSM uses starline and are a decent price, so I just purchase those when on sale now.
     
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    I have always had good experiences with S&B ammo . 45 ACP and 9mm.
     
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    I’ve reloaded S&B brass as range pickup brass and have always found the primer pockets to be tighter than most others. I’ve never altered them in any way but my progressive tells me when I encounter a S&B as it takes just a tad extra to seat the primer.

    95% of my 45ACP brass is Starline +P brass and like most 45ACP brass you will probably lose it before it will split - meaning it won’t split for several years.:1:
     

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