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Just wanted to get some opinions as to how far most shooters here load down for practice. I have known some people that shoot hardball equivalent for everything. I prefer to go down to about 150 Power Factor (750 fps with a .45 200 LSWC) for the vast majority of my practice. Easier on the gun and the shooter. For my last practice before a match, I'll practice with IDPA 165 PF loads to reaquaint myself with the added recoil and muzzle blast. All of my .45s have 18.5# springs and shock buffs, so my equipment should last a good long time.

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Bill Go on 2001-04-24 08:52 ]</font>
 

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I don’t load down for practice. It throws off my timing, a lot. My brain remembers how long it should take for the front sight to settle back to where I want it. If it happens too soon or too late it makes me think something is wrong and I go slower. And, getting practice ammo mixed up with match ammo can be real bad. Just ask Ron Avery at the 99 Area 2 mach in Raton. He had his 150 pf teaching ammo with him instead of his 180 pf match stuff.

Lately I have been shooting a LOT (8k since Dec) of 9x19 trying to make GM production so all my 9mm ammo is weak...

Good shooting to you.

Tom
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I shoot the same stuff in practice as I do in competition. 175PF loads in .45 ACP and 155PF in .40 S&W.
 

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I always practice with what I carry. I have NEVER down-loaded for practice purposes.
 

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shooting bullseye went as low as 2.5 gr bullseye with 185 lswc - could watch slide recoil. ipsc/idpa/carry shoot 230 lrn at 800 fps
 

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Well, the only ammo I download is bullseye 45ACP stuff, but that's a part of that game. Recently I've been shooting lots of 10mm. I like to duplicate my carry ammo, so I load to about a 215PF. S/F..Ken M
 

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I run my .45 at 190PF.
 

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I practice with the same power factor, 166 in 40 or 45, same as for a match. It is really not that much different than a downloaded level. I use cast bullets for practice and jacketed for a match.
 

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I share Tom's view of downloading for practice. I want my pistol to react the same in practice as it will if needed for serious social purposes or a match. So I load my practice ammo to hit a PF of 205+/- which is what 230gr Hydra Shok runs out of my Springfield 1911.
 

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I use 230 grain HydraShock for carry ammo and shoot factory ball ammo for practice. In my experience, PMC is the hottest ball ammo, and is close to the "real thing" as far as recoil goes. If I shoot S&B or Magtech, the recoil is softer.

Tim

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