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RIA Tactical - .45acp vs. 9mm

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Cambo, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Cambo


    Jun 19, 2006
    Hi All,

    My next pistol is going to be a RIA Tactical, I am just trying to decide between 9mm and .45acp(I know, that old debate). I am a high volume shooter, but I don't reload. I usually buy all my ammo at my range because it's convenient, 9mm runs about $12 a box and .45acp runs about $20. I have 5 9mm pistols and would like another caliber, but I don't want to get stuck with a gun I am reluctant to shoot. I was thinking if I got the 9mm, maybe I would do a .38 super conversion down the road. I have read endless reviews about RIAs in both calibers, and they seem to be equally reliable. Any thoughts?
  2. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    Box of 50? If so, you are paying $240/1000 for 9mm and could be paying $400/1000 for .45.

    For jacketed 9mm, my cost to reload is about $125/1000 and, since I shoot lead in my .45s, they cost about the same.

    I consider a high volume shooter to be someone between 500 and 1000 rounds per month although that is hardly 'high volume'. If 4 of us shoot out of my ammo can, we go through about 1000 rounds per trip to the action pistol range.

    Anyway, if we call the savings $120/1000 and 12,000 per year, the cost savings for reloading is about $1440. That kind of money buys some pretty nice reloading equipment. Even the most expensive Dillon press, the 1050, has a payback in less than 18 months and can crank out north of 1000 rounds per hour. The cheapest reasonable Lee Classic Turret has a payback of about 2 months and can make around 250 rounds per hour.

    A reasonable Dillon press, like the 550, will have a payback of less than 6 months and can handle almost any pistol or rifle caliber and make somewhere north of 400 rounds per hour.

    Were I independently wealthy, I wouldn't reload. But I'm not! If I want to shoot, I have to reload.


  3. Cambo


    Jun 19, 2006
    I usually shoot 200 - 350 rds of 9mm a week. I have no time to reload at the moment, although the suggestion of it is a good one.
  4. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I like 45ACP in a 1911.
  5. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I prefer my 1911's to be in .45ACP, but I have a few in 9mm and one of the 9mm's has a .38 Super barrel. If you shoot alot and don't reload, then, with having as many 9mm's as you have and with such a price difference at your range in ammo between the 9mm and .45ACP, I say go with the 9mm. It seems to fit our needs better than a .45ACP would. Although, I think you'd enjoy the 1911 in .45ACP quite a bit. :cool:
  6. Cambo


    Jun 19, 2006
    I am leaning towards .45 acp after much research.
  7. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    The old saying that "guns work best with the rounds they were designed for" comes in to play. Even reversing that, the .38 super was designed specifically for the 1911. The 9mm was kind of an after thought. Not that they can't run perfectly, but if I only had one 1911 it would be a .45. I'd go back to what I did as a teenager to save money and get a top drawer .22 conversion.
  8. GSSF17

    GSSF17 ...2 of 'em

    Jan 25, 2009
    Central FL
    I now have both the RIA Tactical in 9mm and .45 ACP. I love them both and they both run 100% with the factory ammo I shoot. That said, I bought the .45 first jsut to try the pistol out, and was pleased at the value. When the 9mm RIA dropped into the low 400s I grabbed one up as well, since I have so much 9mm on hand.

    If you can swing it, buy both! I did and love it......
  9. PBR Sailor

    PBR Sailor

    Dec 4, 2004
    I picked up a RIA 1911 9mm pistol yesterday. Does anyone have a good reload recipe for this pistol? What bullet weight does it prefer?
  10. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa
    Since I shoot about 2,000/year I am a very low volume shooter. As such, a single stage press or a turret would be more than enough should I delve into reloading.