close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

What .45 ammo for 1911 do you buy?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ajgranda, Jan 3, 2010.


  1. ajgranda

    ajgranda
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    May 9, 2009
    1,059
    0
    Location:
    Westchester, NY
    Hi,

    I still haven't purchased my commander sized 1911, but I'm researching for the best(reliability/defensive) ammo. I know 1911s are more finicky with ammo than other guns (Glocks for example). The most readily available ammo I can get seems to be the following:

    Practice/FMJ:
    American Eagle 230gr, Winchester USA 230gr JHP/no expansion, CCI Blazer 230 gr FMJ, Corbon Performance Match 230 gr FMJ

    Duty/SD:
    Winchester Ranger T Series 230gr non or +P, Fed Tactical HST 230 gr non or +P, Speer Gold Dot 230gr HP non +P or 200 gr +P.

    What do you think of these choices or would you recommend something else? Thanks
     

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
  2. glock2740

    glock2740
    Expand Collapse
    Gun lover.

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2008
    18,888
    13
    Location:
    NW Ark.
    I use 200+P and 185gr Gold Dots in my .45's.
     

  3. Eyescream

    Eyescream
    Expand Collapse
    hates you

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2002
    32,672
    1
    Right now I have 185g +P Golden Sabers in my 1911.

    For practice ammo I use whatever I happen to find. Gun doesn't seem very picky about any of it.
     
  4. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr
    Expand Collapse
    Senior Moment

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    2,989
    0
    Location:
    Gator Nation
    For range use, whatever I can get my mitts on....mostly GA Arms or WWB.

    For social purposes, nothing but Winchester 230gr T-Series, standard velocity.
     
    #4 rvrctyrngr, Jan 3, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
  5. okie

    okie
    Expand Collapse
    GT Mayor

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2001
    64,670
    1,525
    Location:
    Muskogee Ok.
    For practice I use Sellier & Bellot Ammo, for defense I use Hornaday Tap 230 grain:supergrin:
     
  6. willis68

    willis68
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2007
    384
    1
    Location:
    Tennessee
    For personal defense, carry I recommend 230 Grain Remington Golden Sabers, they have been reliable and accurate in every 1911 that I have owned, and if that ammo is good enough for the FBI it is good enough for my needs :cool:
     
  7. hatidua

    hatidua
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2004
    2,471
    0
    Location:
    right here
    That has not been my experience.
     
  8. mikegun

    mikegun
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2006
    2,825
    1
    Location:
    colorado
    Golden saber seems to be a universally good feeding round for 1911s, i use it or with a finicky gun powerball
     
  9. bac1023

    bac1023
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2004
    101,832
    2,443
    Location:
    PA
    Usually WWB for practice and Remington Goldne Sabers for carry.
     
  10. bac1023

    bac1023
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2004
    101,832
    2,443
    Location:
    PA
    That's due to the rounded shape.
     
  11. zdragon23c

    zdragon23c
    Expand Collapse
    s&w&me

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    719
    0
    Location:
    usa
    9.4 gr. HS-6/ Nosler 185 gr. JHP
     
  12. willis68

    willis68
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2007
    384
    1
    Location:
    Tennessee
    agreed, I have shot thousands of rounds, at least 500 per carry gun and I have had zero feeding problems. I bought 1000 rounds of Hornady Tap FPD 230 grain, Very Accurate ammo but it choked all of my 1911's within 150 to 200 rounds, I now keep my Glock 21 loaded with the FPD and will only use Golden Saber 230 grain for carry round in my 1911's, this stuff I really like and keep a lot of it on hand :cool:
     
  13. jwdizney

    jwdizney
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    6
    0
    CCI, WWB, and Fed Am. Eagle ball ammo (whichever is cheapest) for range, Fed HST Tactical 185 gr for carry..
     
  14. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348
    Expand Collapse
    Happy Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2000
    22,688
    2,901
    Location:
    Bend Oregon
    I use Wolf Poly hardball for everything.
     
  15. TJK68

    TJK68
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    23
    0
    My EDC is a Dan Wesson CBOB and for practice whatever I can find in 230gr., for SD purposes Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Sabers or Federal HST's all in 230 gr.
     
  16. Brigrat

    Brigrat
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2003
    433
    0
    Location:
    SE New Mexico/West Texas
    Oh come on...you know this is true...if you have every been through any training courses then you have seen the two or three guys with their 1911's that keep choking all day long...

    Don't get me wrong, I love my Kimber Ultra Carry II and it has been great, but I have given up on a Springfield loaded, Colt series 70 and Kimber Warrior to find one that worked right out of the box...
     
  17. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer
    Expand Collapse
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    10,539
    1,533
    Location:
    Somewhere in the air.
    I'm in our four seasons room watching football - much to my wife's dismay I keep my self defense ammunition in a bookcase in my study. After watching the Vikings successfully dispatch the Giants I ran upstairs to see what was on the shelf - if I hadn't I would have terminally screwed up the suffixes.

    Federal Premium 230 grain Hydra-Shok Jacketed Hollow Point

    Hornady Custom 200 grain JHP/XTP

    Corbon 45 ACP +P 185 grain HP

    Speer GoldDot 45 Auto +P 200 GR. GDHP

    These cartridges seem to function reliably in all my 1911s.

    For paper punching I've been using Federal 230 gr. FMJ purchased at Walmart for $15.97 per 50 round box.
     
  18. Brucev

    Brucev
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    9,189
    5
    For practice I use WWB, Federal Champion and MagTec 230 gr. FMJ loads. For more serious purposes I use the WWB 230 gr. JHP. HTH. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
  19. JK-linux

    JK-linux
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    3,635
    0
    200gr Double Tap +P for carry. Whatever is non-corrosive and on sale for practice.
     
  20. tango44

    tango44
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    5,091
    32
    Location:
    Miami Florida
    230 gr. FMJ in my Commander 1911.