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Anyone tried the Barnes TAC-XP loads yet?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by glock2740, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I know, this isn't Caliber Corner, but I posted it here, because the question pertains ONLY to 1911 guns. I got an e-mail from Double Tap today about these loads. 160gr TAC-XP. The ballistics are truly amazing out of a 5" 1911 and I'm sure it would be a real doozy of a SD load out any length barrel to tell you truth. Just wondering how it feeds? I'm a big Gold Dot fan, and have enough of them, that I doubt I switch, but I certainly want to look into these. And if anyone else has tried them, let's hear what you think.

  2. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    Well that is a nice looking set of ballistics. Seems to be a nice round, no hands on here but I would like to try it out!
  3. BOGE

    BOGE Millennium Member

    Mar 21, 1999
    Tried it out on what? :dunno:
  4. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

    Dec 30, 2007
    I used to buy quite a bit of DT loadings. For some reason, they started having some very serious quality control issues. I have found their velocities to be all over the map and the OAL's varried enough that some rounds would not even chamber in my .38 Super 1911's. I also had some .38 Super stuff that had some pretty bad primer flow issues, so much so that I send Mike pictures and he sent me replacements, even though they had the same issues. I got to the point where I have lost confidence in them. I just cannot take a chance with having a round fail to chamber when I need it the most. I still have a bunch of their 10mm stuff and will use it up, but I will not buy anymore ammo from them for a while. As far as the Barnes loads, the Barnes TAC-XP is a good bullet that always runs along the lines of low on weight/high in velocity. They retain their weights very well and have consistant expansion. They are also good for barrier penetration. The only downside could be feeding issues because of the very aggressive hollow point design. I would make sure there are no feeding issues with the pistol you intend to use them in. I prefer 230 loadings in my 1911's, but that is certainly a personal preferrence.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2010
  5. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Yeah, I have heard that the DT QC is starting to slip. I have a bunch of their older 10mm stuff and a few boxes of .380 ammo. All of that has been top notch, but I have seen some people complaining about quality, or lack thereof, lately on here. That .45 load sounds pretty nasty though. But if it doesn't perform consistently or feed 100% of the time, then I won't be getting any. Especially at that price. I can get 100 rounds of Gold Dot for not much more than that.