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07-13-2010, 15:23
Back in the day, the 80s, I was to young to own a hand gun and my shootin' experience was limited to .22 cal rifles, shot guns, and on occasion an AR-15 from crazy Vietnam Vet Uncle on the Rez.

Clearly, ammo tech. has sky rocketed and there are options galore out there, producing many ammo/caliber wars and such. But what ammo options were out there back in the day. Teach us some humility Ol Timey Experienced gurus. We seek an education in this matter.

07-13-2010, 16:14
Here are the Factory handgun loads I used most in the 1980's:

45ACP: Win. 185gr. STHP
9x19: Win. 115gr. STHP or Fed. 124gr. HydraShok
38SPL.: Win. 158gr. LSWCHP
.357Mag.: Win. 145gr. STHP (STILL my SD choice for this caliber!)

07-13-2010, 18:49
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07-13-2010, 19:03
The most popular hollow point I used was Win Silver-tip.

07-13-2010, 19:11
I carried 115gr 9mm Silvertips in my Gen 1 G-17 on duty at the close of the 1980's. Then we went to 147gr. 9mm Hydra-shoks in an issued P228 DAO. We later switched to 147gr 9mm Golddots (great round). We replaced the P228's with P220R's. We used RangerT 230 gr and now 230gr. HST +P.:cool:

07-13-2010, 19:32
WOW ! Very cool question.

I have reloaded for everything for over 40+ years. I rarely bought Factory stuff living on a ranch 5 hours from a city, and the nearest podunk town ( a looooong ways off) really did not have to much at the general store. Even in the 80's, if I recall :fred: ha. When I did buy factory stuff, (and all I shot handgun wise) in the 80's was 44mag/44sp/45/LC/357mag/38sp, much the same as now haha.

I believe Winchester and Federal and Remington were my guys for 44mag/357mag (if I bought factory ammo.. rare) and that was for every caliber above, (except for the 45LC) I never bought one factory round for this caliber, every shot from the early 60's until now, in 45LC, has been 99% hand loaded by my elders, until I was old enough to do it myself.

Man, you are bringing up some pretty old memories for me. haha.

At hired hand wages on a working ranch $300.00 a month, I did not have the luxury of going to town for anything. That is why reloading , starting in late 68/ (missing a couple three years due to some uncle same circumstances) was so important to me. But I do remember, even further back than the 80's, every now and then, getting full house loads (when had the chance to go to a town) in remington and winchester. Hey yeah, also a few federal for the 357mag.

Wow am i getting old ! Thank God I STILL reload ! :supergrin:

Cool question and thread amigo, I like it man. ;)


THem kind of stories is what I like about Gun Forums.

I have 5 rounds left of 158 grain Fed. Nyclads in 357 Mag. Hell, even when I bought them in the early 90s, they been sittin' on the shelf for quite awhile.

07-13-2010, 20:06
the four that come to my mind was a 210grn. remington .44 mag round, outstanding on deer, discontinued. second was the winchester silvertip for everything. third was a speer 200grn. 45 hollowpoint [the flying ashtray] for my combat commander which was 100% reliable with them.
there was also the first hydra shock. it looked like a hollow base wadcutter turned around with a post in the center. i think it was pure lead because it would lead up a revolver so bad it would jam.

07-13-2010, 20:36
THem kind of stories is what I like about Gun Forums.

I have 5 rounds left of 158 grain Fed. Nyclads in 357 Mag. Hell, even when I bought them in the early 90s, they been sittin' on the shelf for quite awhile.

I try ! I hear ya ! ;)

Bless ya amigo !


07-14-2010, 00:42
I still had some 190 grain Super Vel JHP for my 45 acp as well as the 200 grain Speer flying ashtray. For my 44 magnum carbine it was the 240 grain JSP Norma Special Carbine load and the 180 grain Super Vel JHP. I also at times carried the Remington 240 grain JSP in the 44 Magnum. In the 357 Magnum it was the Remington 158 grain lead SWC. I saved the best for last because I still like it. 230 grain FMJ ball for ther 45 acp.

07-14-2010, 03:33
In the earily 80's the old Super Vel could still be had.

Win Silvertips were popular in the available calibers. Then there was always the Fed Hydra-Shoks.

Revolver fans always had the 357Mag and the 125JHPs were the King if you could manage the recoil and stayed away from the fireball coming from the muzzle.

The Speer 200JHP "flying ashtrays" (coined by Dean Grennell IIRC) was popular in 45ACP.

And the fast 115JHP+P+ 9mm by Fed and Win were dropping BG's exceedingly well when used by the Illinois State PD and U.S. Border Patrol.

The 38Spl 158SWCHP+P was and still is a good SD load, and the light weight 110JHP+P+ was a popular LE round (often known as the Secret Service and Calif Highway Patrol round), but the USBP found it to be an erratic performer.

The 80's was also great for all those new Wiz-Bang exotic loads like Rhino, ThunderZap, Exploders (Velex/Velet), Omnishock, Triplex, Multiplex, copper HPs by Personal Protection Systems etc, etc. (They never were effective and always expensive, but great for cartridge collectors and ammo buffs like myself).

07-14-2010, 05:33
Back then the Win Silver Tip was considered the best. I carried them in my .44mag and Fed SJHP's in my .357mag. Then I found the wonderful world of reloading.