45 ACP Bullets

45 ACP Bullets for Reloaders

This page is products that only contain bullets meant for shooters who reload their ammo. To find 45 auto rounds ready to fire, please head to our 45 ACP ammo page.

The 45 ACP (aka 45 Auto) was designed by John Moses Browning in 1904 and eventually adopted for use in a certain little-known handgun called the 1911. We kid, of course. The 1911 is arguably the most recognized pistol in the world, so it’s only natural that 45 ACP bullets for reloading are in high demand.


Like many other military firearms, the original 1911 was designed to fire a very specific cartridge. The original “Cal. .45 Automatic Pistol Ball Cartridge, Model of 1911” has a 230 grain FMJ bullet that is loaded to a muzzle velocity of 850 fps, although its velocity spec has since decreased to 830 fps.

If your modern 45 ACP pistol is comfortable handling ammo that falls outside of strict mil-spec, you can get a little more inventive with your 45 Auto bullets. Jacketed bullets weighing 185 and 200 grains are also common, as are lead, copper, and frangible 45 ACP bullets. Bulk 45 ACP bullets for reloading are especially popular among preppers whose 1911 pistols factor prominently into their emergency plans. Even if you just like picking up the brass you find at the range for casual projects back at home, you’ll find that the 45 ACP is one of the easier rounds to reload. "
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