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10-28-2012, 22:29
I have looked a little but haven't found the info yet. Does anyone know what the mil specs are for the old 45acp? All I really need is the muzzle velocity. I have been told it is 830 fps.

10-28-2012, 22:58
830-850 fps.


10-28-2012, 23:47
I agree with those numbers.

10-29-2012, 06:48
Some of the TZZ ball ammo comes in around 915-930. Smoking hot stuff. I shot many thousands of rounds of the stuff. Not fun. Hard on you and the guns.

10-29-2012, 21:21
I also think it's 830-850 fps

10-30-2012, 16:07
From reading around in a few of my reloading manuals, the 230 grain ball round for the military was designed for 850 fps from the 1911 platform.

10-30-2012, 23:11
According to the US Military Small Arms Ammunition Technical Manual, the .45 ACP military ball ammunition specs are as follows:

Cartridge length= 1.275 inches
Cartridge weight= 331gr
Propellant type= SR 7970
Propellant weight= 5.0 gr
Chamber pressure= 19,000 psi
Velocity= 885fps +/- 25fps, 25.5 feet from the muzzle

So the velocity range is from 860fps to 910fps at 25.5 feet from the muzzle, which means the commonly held 830-850fps at the muzzle isn't correct. That would be out of spec.

10-31-2012, 11:30
" out of spec". That is probably the current "not Libel" load. :supergrin:

11-01-2012, 18:39
WWII & Korean War .45 ammo I've chronographed ran in the 830-850fps range with amazing consistancy.