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Old 12-02-2012, 12:31   #1
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GAP ammo reviews ??

Im thinking about getting a G37 and i was trying to find any reviews on the Sellier and Bellot GAP 230gr ammo and havent found any so i figure i would ask for reviews of current offerings by all manufactuers .

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Old 12-02-2012, 16:57   #2
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I load my own, but break in new GAPs with Speer Lawman. Carry ammo is Speer Gold Dot 200 gr.

Haven't shot any 230 gr. ammo through any of the GAPs yet, so I can't offer up any feedback on that.

Check sgammo.com for decent pricing.
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Old 12-06-2012, 14:52   #3
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S&B Ammo works well out of my G38. S&B does use large pistol primers so be careful if you save your brass as all other manufacturers of 45 GAP use small pistol primers.
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Old 12-06-2012, 14:56   #4
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I carry Federal HST 230gr in my Gen4 G37 and Winchester Ranger Bonded 230gr in my G38 but both are the most accurate with Georgia-Arms 185gr FMJs. I have also fired Remington UMC 230gr FMJ and Federal American Eagle 185gr FMJ but none are as accurate as GA ammo.

(The reason for the different brands in different guns is due to what each pistol was thoroughly tested with and what I had on hand at the time of testing)
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Old 12-06-2012, 17:47   #5
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I carry Gold Dot LE in my duty .40 cal (dept issued) and the only thing I'll carry off duty in my 38 is 200 grain Gold Dot.

I reload my own for practice but I have bought some Speer Lawman when I first got the GAP.
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Old 12-06-2012, 17:49   #6
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The Federal HST 230 is probably the most common. It's price point is barely above the AE FMJ and much cheaper than any other HP.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:58   #7
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S&B Ammo works well out of my G38. S&B does use large pistol primers so be careful if you save your brass as all other manufacturers of 45 GAP use small pistol primers.
Wow that seems odd, why would they be different from the others ? Below is a quote i got from an article called "Inside the 45 GAP."

"The most obvious difference is that the .45 GAP uses a Small Pistol primer to put distance between the primer and breech/action elements present in 9mm-frame pistols. It is unsafe to cut off .45 Auto cases to make .45 GAP cases. The most significant issue is the difference in primer size. A Large Pistol primer that fits the .45 Auto case will over-ignite safe powder charges developed in proper GAP cases with small primers, and high pressure will result."

Is this true ?

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Old 12-08-2012, 13:56   #8
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Other than the different primer size, 45 GAP brass has a much thicker base on the interior. Even though the external dimensions are the same between ACP and GAP, the interiors are quite different.
I have no idea why S&B uses large pistol primers but it always worries me that they are using cut down 45 ACP brass and marking it 45 GAP.
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Other than the different primer size, 45 GAP brass has a much thicker base on the interior. Even though the external dimensions are the same between ACP and GAP, the interiors are quite different.
I have no idea why S&B uses large pistol primers but it always worries me that they are using cut down 45 ACP brass and marking it 45 GAP.
Hold a quality 45 GAP casing (Speer) next to 45 ACP bottoms up. The bevel is different. If the Bevel at the base of the S&B is the same as a 45 ACP, suspect foul play.

I shoot the ba jeezus out of S&B 45 ACP but have not even seen their GAP ammo for sale.
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