Sierra's new .45 bullet.
Sierra Bullets (10532 S. Painter Ave., Dept. GA, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670) has just produced what I feel is the ideal .45 auto bullet. It is a flat point design; the nose is exactly like their 185-grain bullet that I have used in target matches for years. They have simply lengthened the bearing surface to get the 200-grain weight. It should be superbly accurate in any good pistol barrel, at least as accurate as it is in mine. Loaded atop charges of 5.5 to 6 grains of WW 231 (depending on the barrel length, bore finish and whether or not you have a compensator) it will make the international major factor easily. To get the best feeding potential and reliability it should be seated as far out of the case as possible and still not prevent the slide from closing. This length will vary depending on how your barrel is throated.
I really like this bullet, and will carry it for defense from now on. Actually the only better thing I can think of is if Federal could be convinced to load this bullet in a new match loading of their superb quality. Something like that just might induce me to come out of retirement, just to see how well it could be done again. Seriously, I would like to see our American shooting team armed with just that ammunition when they set out to defend the World Championship in 1986!
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|Publication:||Guns & Ammo|
|Date:||Feb 1, 1985|
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