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    I have recently aquired a 1965 manufacture Colt National Match in 45acp. I understand that these are target pistols and I've never had any experience with these. I'm seeking information on target loads for this pistol. Also anyone with knowledge of them that would share their wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    A 200 gr lswc like a H&G 68 with +or- 4 gr of bullseye
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    I also have a '65 National Match. For decades my standard load has been 5.5 grs. of 231 under a Speer 200 gr swaged SWC.

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    My load is similar to the above. I used to shoot 4.5 grains of W-W 231 with a 185 grain Star semi-wadcutter or the same powder with a H&G cast 200 grain SWC. Unfortunately, Star bullets are no longer available; they were dirty but very accurate.

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    I have been shooting a 200 grain cast SWC with 4.5 grains of W-W 231 for years. Mixed brass with Federal, Remington, Winchester or Tula LP primers.
    Light and very accurate out of Gold Cup, GM and other name brand 45 ACP's.
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    200gn swaged lead bullet from Zero, Precision Delta, or Magnus or 200gn coated and swaged lead bullet from Precision Bullets over 4.7-5.0gn of 231/HP38. Optimum powder charge varies slightly with the bullet used.

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    My pet load is a 200g SWC over 4.0 grains of Winchester WST
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    Thank you all for the replies. Now I get to work building some loads for the pistol.
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    I have a few pet loads for various of my .45 ACP's. Most often I find myself choosing one of these:

    -185 gr. Nosler. 5.5 grs W231. Fed 150 primer yielding about 720 Ft per sec.

    -230 gr. [various makers]. 4.7 grs Bullseye. Fed 150 primer yielding 745 f.p.s.
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    Stick with the 185-200 grain lead semi-wad cutter bullets. Powder coated bullets use the same charge. 45acp shines with fast burning pistol powder.

    The dead classic 25 yard reload is a 200 grain SWC behind 4.0 grains of Bullseye powder. Substitute 700X or RedDot or PROMO & the charge is the same. Graduate to WW231 or WST & you have to add a bit more.

    Skip the pretentious 230grain bullets unless you are desperate & never use medium range powders.
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