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Old 03-20-2013, 19:23   #1
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Which .45 Ammo is best?

I mean overall, which ammo is the most dependable in terms of feeding, extracting, etc. Does your .45 react differently using ball ammo vs. hollow points for instance? Does combat/defense ammo necessarily preform better than lower grade target ammo? Thanks!
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Old 03-20-2013, 19:33   #2
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That which goes bang would be the smart ass answer.

With most modern 1911's, there isn't much that wouldn't work for you.
Rounded hollow points would feed like ball. I regularly shoot hardball and lead wadcutters and never have a problem.
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Old 03-20-2013, 19:35   #3
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At this point, any ammo you can find is the best right now.

Any of the major brands should shoot, and feed just fine.Winchester, Remington, federal, I even have good luck with CCI blazer. But for accuracy,I prefer my hand loaded 200grain LSWC’s.

I stay away from Wolf, Monarch and any steel cased ammo.

I recommend testing any defensive ammo in your gun beforeyou load it for defense. Regardless of how good it is or who makes it. Bettersafe than sorry.

Defensive ammo usually has sealed primers to avoid powder contamination.Standard target ammo does not.
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Old 03-20-2013, 20:26   #4
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I know its not the cleanest ammo, but I never have an issue with WWB at the range.
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Old 03-20-2013, 20:47   #5
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I've thought for a long time that the most consistent ammo and components were Federal.
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Old 03-20-2013, 21:27   #6
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Different ammo will preform differently in different guns. The answer to the OP is to run a few different kinds through YOUR gun and what which is the most accurate and consistent and dependable is the right one for THAT gun.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:08   #7
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Thanks, I have been wrestling with a failure to feed issue, and I am trying to rebuild an old 45 back up gun. So I have been trying everything including new springs, mag., etc. It's working fairly well, but still 2 failures recently out of a box of 50 FMJ so I'm thinking that some different ammo may give some different results.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:03   #8
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Thanks, I have been wrestling with a failure to feed issue, and I am trying to rebuild an old 45 back up gun. So I have been trying everything including new springs, mag., etc. It's working fairly well, but still 2 failures recently out of a box of 50 FMJ so I'm thinking that some different ammo may give some different results.
If you are still having a persistent malfunction issue stop switching brands of ammo until you sort everything out. I know that's difficult if not impossible in today's market, but if you keep changing variables you'll never solve the issue.

I assume your old 45 is a 1911. The only 1911's I own that have any issues are USGI guns that won't run reliably on Aluminum CCI Blazer ammo. I've tried just about every commercial 45 ACP FMJ loading that's out there. They all worked 100%. If your gun is still having issues something is still not right with the build.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:10   #9
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Thanks everyone, every bit helps when you are putting a puzzle together! LOL
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:24   #10
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use a well know reliable magazine. Wilson Combat and Chip McCormick are highly praised for their reliability. then ammo.
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Old 03-23-2013, 13:12   #11
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'Ball ammo' (FMJ/RN) tends to be more reliable and run better than any JHP. Learn how to fire repetitively, double and triple tap everything you point the muzzle at. Then practice a lot, and make your bullets go where you want them to go. Lean how to do these things and it's not going to matter whether or not your pistol is loaded with the latest, 'magic bullets'.

In my experience gunmen who are able to demonstrate the personal ability to become vicious, mean, and nasty - real fast - are always the most dangerous pistoleros. I've never seen it matter what (handgun) such people are shooting; it all seems to be in the way these guys simply send their bullets to the target!

(I'm being serious!)

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:55   #12
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:54   #13
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Does anyone have a detail drawing or spec regarding the magazine opening on the .45? I see that there is a "re-shaping" tool so that must be something that may be adjusted.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:26   #14
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I don't recall any problems with WWB, Federal champ/Independance/ Blazer Brass, Remington target, Fiocchi, as far as FMJ range ammo. I use them in Springfield mil specs, a Kimber compact ssII, and a Colt 1918 repro. For defense ammo I use Remington golden saber because that's what was available and I havn't felt the need to try anything else. I have a box of Tula 'brass Maxx' FMJ I have not tried yet.
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Old 03-24-2013, 18:40   #15
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My favorite carry round is the Hornady Critical Duty rounds.
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Old 03-24-2013, 18:44   #16
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The kind that comes out of my press. :D I like shooting the XTP's.

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Old 03-24-2013, 18:55   #17
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I know its not the cleanest ammo, but I never have an issue with WWB at the range.
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Old 03-24-2013, 18:58   #18
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For SD rounds, I'm a Gold Dot man. For range work, I could care less. All of my guns feed and run anything I put in them, or they are made to do so.
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Old 03-24-2013, 19:46   #19
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Does anyone have a detail drawing or spec regarding the magazine opening on the .45? I see that there is a "re-shaping" tool so that must be something that may be adjusted.
Dude

Just buy new mags. Why would you buy a tool to reshape the feed lips, the tubes widen over time?? 1911 magazines are in abundance. Also, why not take your gun to a competent 1911 smith, as obviously, you are not one.



Every 1911 I have ever owned has eaten everything, when it's being fed from a CMC powermag. A friend's Colt commercial even ate Winchester silver box HPs from one.

Finally, Do yourself a favor and read ALL OF THESE pertaining to 1911s
http://www.10-8performance.com/pages/Articles.html
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Old 03-24-2013, 20:14   #20
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Most any brass cased ball for the range. For SD I like Win Ranger Bonded and Fed HST. Gold Dot's are great as well.
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Old 03-24-2013, 20:39   #21
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Thanks, I have been wrestling with a failure to feed issue, and I am trying to rebuild an old 45 back up gun. So I have been trying everything including new springs, mag., etc. It's working fairly well, but still 2 failures recently out of a box of 50 FMJ so I'm thinking that some different ammo may give some different results.
Which kind of 'failure to feed'. One is where the bullet doesn't properly run up the feed ramp and gets trapped against the top of the chamber. Another is where the slide doesn't come back far enough to get behind the round at the top of the magazine.

In the first case either the magazine isn't letting the round come out soon enough so the rear of the cartridge runs up the breech face or the cartridge is too long or the bullet shape just won't work.

In the second case, there wasn't enough recoil to overcome the recoil spring and allow the slide to travel all the way to the rear (could be caused by limp-wristing). Sometimes this problem is amplified with those rubber recoil buffers that go on the recoil spring guide assembly.

For a start, buy some Wilson Combat magazines. They work very well. This will get one variable off the table.

As a test, see how the ammo works when you operate the slide by hand. If you can get a round to hang, you can sometimes see what kind of problem you have.

I don't much subscribe to the 'limp-wristing' answer to gun problems. However, your failure rate is low enough to bring this into play. If every round failed then it would be a mechanical problem. Two out of 50 could be a gun handling issue. Not that it promotes good shooting but, next time out, try strangling the grip. Get that wrist locked, strong hand (and arm) pushing out, support hand pulling back and down. If you are certain that 'limp-wristing' is not the problem, ignore this paragraph.

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Old 03-24-2013, 20:48   #22
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federal HST for carry / SD and for target ammo the least expensive brass u can find...

be carefull of home made hand loaded ammo - know the source...
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:29   #23
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The most consistently accurate and reliable range ammo I have used to date is American Eagle 230gr FMJ followed up closely by CCI Blazer Brass 230 gr.

For HP/SD loads,Winchester Ranger 230gr or Golden Sabre ammo in either 185 or 230 gr loadings.

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Old 03-25-2013, 08:17   #24
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Hey everyone, thanks for all the good suggestions!
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Old 03-25-2013, 15:22   #25
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My SA 1911 and my Glock G-21 feed the same ammo with no issues including 200GR SWC reloads. I also chamber check all my reloaded ammo before shooting it. Both guns have 15+ year old recoil springs in them and both are solid guide rod guns with the Glock having one of the Old Harrts Recoil Reducer Guide Rods which has never leaked.
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