208gr Hornady A-Max
10.7gr A1680 Powder
Winchester Small Rifle Primers
Reshaped Lake City 556 Brass
This is an update to my first reloading video I published a few months ago using my Dillon 550B. I’ve since upgraded to the progressive Dillon 650XL to reload 9mm major for my USPSA Open Gun.
Here’s a short video review of my new Kimber CDP Elite II Ultra carry gun. This is a fantastic, small and very reliable carry gun that’s chambered in 45 ACP. Takes 7 rounds in the magazine that fits into it’s small Officer sized aluminum frame.
It shoots well, is very reliable and feels great to carry. The completely dehorned (Carry Melt) treatment makes the gun feel much smaller than it looks. I carry this in a Crossbreed Supertuck Shorty and the combination makes it so comfortable to wear I don’t ever want to take it out.
I also took some footage of me shooting the gun in Slow Fire at targets 15 yards away, Rapid fire with reload from 5 yards away and out to 200 yards at a steel man-sized target. All of these done standing off-hand (unsupported). You’ll see that the gun is plenty accurate for one this small with a 3” barrel.
Went out to the range recently and tried to chrono some 230gr bullets I loaded. I actually tried loading 5 different grains of Clays powder using 230gr Bear Creek Moly bullets. 3.7gr, 3.8gr, 3.9gr, 4.0gr and 4.1. The recommended maximum load is 4.0grs when using 230gr. My goal was to get as close to 170 power factor as much as possible. The formula is (Bullet Grain x FPS) / 1000.
I started with the lowest of course 3.7gr, but before I started, a buddy of mine, Tavis, told me that he shot 3.5gr out of his 5” Kimber and got a 172PF rating. I guess I should have downloaded my rounds more, but here goes:
|3.7 gr||3.8 gr|
Tavis was right. It looks like I have to load down to 3.5 or 3.6 gr and chrono the rounds again next week.