Just an experience that happened recently. I was loading 45acp with CFE Pistol, Hodgdon says w/ a 200gr SWC 7.4-8.2grs
So I'm no green horn....I load 7.8grs. Toooo Hot! Not blow up the gun hot but flat primers and not real tight groups.
But it's a 1911. Don't like a steady diet of hot, plus I want a soft accurate load. I go down to 7.4grs. much better but a little stiffer than I want for quick follow up shots. accuracy pretty good. Now I'm gonna drop another .2grs and dare not go below that. I still have reasonable case volume so not too concerned. Essentially I consider reloading manuals a source/guide with loads that won't blow your face off. But, starting loads are there for a reason.
BTW my bullet selection and COL are within spec.
Just my $.02
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I have several RA-140 triggers. one of the best bang for the buck drop-in triggers you can find.
If you can wait, I'm betting they'll be in sale pretty soon. I picked up a couple from Brownell's last year for $77.49ea