I recently picked up a 1984 Mark4, Series80 Colt 1911 Gold Cup National Match (I'll stick some pictures up later, pistol is at home in safe). First outing with it last night at the range and very pleased with it, everything about it felt great.
I would like to get advice on ammo for this. I got a LOT of grief from the "olde and wise" crowd that I should be reloading for it. They had 2 arguments (old arguments that I'm sure you've all heard before).
The first is the economic argument. I'm not concerned with this. I don't expect to shoot more than 1000rds .45ACP per year; I don't currently have a reloading setup; all my other pistols are 9mm which is relatively cheap. .45ACP is more expensive than 9mm, but not so much that it will "bankrupt" me, as some of the old-timers seemed to suggest.
Along with the economic argument, the issue of damage / excessive wear from using factory came up. I give this issue more credence. The ammo choice available locally is limited, some dealers don't stock .45ACP at all and those who do will carry one brand. The most common (and the ammo I use) is Magtech 230gn (http://www.magtechammunition.com/sit...search=details
The pistol is not new to me but is in good mechanical and aesthetic condition. I put 200rds through it last night and it functioned like a champ. I don't know what recoil spring is in it, nor when the spring was last changed.
Am I going to "beat the h3ll" out of it with approx 1000rds factory per year? What if I go mad and shoot 2000rds factory (assuming my bank manager will finance the additional £285 that these additional 1000rds will cost me over 12 months!)?
Should I consider changing out the springs now and start with a known entity? If so, what stiffness of spring should I go for?
Many thanks in advance for your input.
BTW - I live in N Ireland and plan to use the pistol for target/plinking and IPSC Classic matches.