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ajgranda
01-03-2010, 10:36
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

glock2740
01-03-2010, 10:38
I use 200+P and 185gr Gold Dots in my .45's.

Eyescream
01-03-2010, 10:43
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.

rvrctyrngr
01-03-2010, 10:45
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.

okie
01-03-2010, 10:52
For practice I use Sellier & Bellot Ammo, for defense I use Hornaday Tap 230 grain:supergrin:

willis68
01-03-2010, 10:54
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:

hatidua
01-03-2010, 11:19
I know 1911s are more finicky with ammo than other guns (Glocks for example).

That has not been my experience.

mikegun
01-03-2010, 11:21
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:

Golden saber seems to be a universally good feeding round for 1911s, i use it or with a finicky gun powerball

bac1023
01-03-2010, 12:03
Usually WWB for practice and Remington Goldne Sabers for carry.

bac1023
01-03-2010, 12:03
Golden saber seems to be a universally good feeding round for 1911s

That's due to the rounded shape.

zdragon23c
01-03-2010, 12:13
9.4 gr. HS-6/ Nosler 185 gr. JHP

willis68
01-03-2010, 12:36
That's due to the rounded shape.

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:

jwdizney
01-03-2010, 12:51
CCI, WWB, and Fed Am. Eagle ball ammo (whichever is cheapest) for range, Fed HST Tactical 185 gr for carry..

FLIPPER 348
01-03-2010, 12:56
I use Wolf Poly hardball for everything.

TJK68
01-03-2010, 13:50
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.

Brigrat
01-03-2010, 14:17
That has not been my experience.
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...

GVFlyer
01-03-2010, 14:23
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.

Brucev
01-03-2010, 19:43
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

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.

JK-linux
01-03-2010, 19:48
200gr Double Tap +P for carry. Whatever is non-corrosive and on sale for practice.

tango44
01-03-2010, 20:03
230 gr. FMJ in my Commander 1911.

den888
01-03-2010, 22:17
Good choices for ammo.

Delta-x
01-03-2010, 22:23
My Colt commander will eat anything I put through it. Very reliable.

I practice with Fiocchi 230 gr. or Federal 230 gr . fmj.

For carry its Gold Dots in 230gr. standard velocity.

I have had good results with Wilson Combat mags, 47-d`s.

That is all.

willowofwisp
01-03-2010, 22:36
For practice i use my lead 185gr swc or 230gr lead round nose, I may throw some factory ammo through it if i see some cheap. For my SD ammo i normally go with corbon 230gr +p or 230gr Ranger-t's.

Cobra64
01-03-2010, 23:14
For HD, Gold Dots and Golden Saber.

All other is Blazer aluminum, Blazer brass, or Lawman. White box is filthy and inconsistent.

M1A Shooter
01-03-2010, 23:20
i shoot 200gr LSWC reloads for practice and competition. i use Golden Sabers for my carry ammo. will be looking into HSTs or GoldDots now that she is properly broken in

willowofwisp
01-03-2010, 23:34
i shoot 200gr LSWC reloads for practice and competition. i use Golden Sabers for my carry ammo. will be looking into HSTs or GoldDots now that she is properly broken in

where do you get your 200gr lswc from? i shoot the 185's now and i don't really like them, our club hasn't stocked the 200gr in awhile and they shot much more consistent i think.

pistolwrench
01-04-2010, 00:34
I prefer WW 50rd 'whitebox', but am happy with Federal American Eagle as well.
Watch out for crimped primers. Makes reloading a pain in the keester!

ajgranda
01-04-2010, 05:58
Thanks guys for some really good ammo recommendations!

SIGShooter
01-04-2010, 13:57
It always has been Winchester White Box 230 Gr. FMJ for range and SD use.

I also mix it up with Winchester Ranger 230 Gr. T-Series for SD use as well.

Just recently I have been testing some Cor-Bon 185 Gr. +P DPX. I have to say, it is becoming my new favorite for carry. I think if they adjusted the powder a bit it would probably be one of the better SD rounds on the market.

Great expansion and penetration. Pretty consistent loads. Not a lot of recoil. Muzzle flash is the only downside to it. A better flash suppressed powder and I think Cor-Bon could start to corner the market with this load.

Just my opinion on that.

Personally I think for a Commander sized pistol a 200 Gr. JHP would do the trick.

M1A Shooter
01-04-2010, 18:59
where do you get your 200gr lswc from? i shoot the 185's now and i don't really like them, our club hasn't stocked the 200gr in awhile and they shot much more consistent i think.


i get mine from MissouriBullet.com

they have 2 different hardness ratings, 12 and 18bhn i believe. i got the harder ones last time and didnt have any noticable leading problems, mostly lube residue. ill probable get the softer ones this time just to see. i order them 2K at a time. they ship flat rate so its the same shipping up to 70lbs. i have also used their 125gr LRN 9mm bullets with great success as well.

marlinfan
01-04-2010, 19:23
I've got one of the most hated 1911's on glocktalk, a Taurus pt1911 and it's normally loaded with 230 grain gold dots. It's also had about 500 rounds of UMC 230gr FMJs through it without a hiccup.