Best Defense Ammo for SR1911 CMD

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    Best Defense Ammo for SR1911 CMD

    For those of you who carry the Ruger SR1911 CMD, do you have a preferred brand of JHP? Also, has anyone had any bad experiences with a particular brand? I'm not concerned as much with ballistics numbers and testing as I am with making sure it goes BANG when I need it to. (No offense intended toward those who like to research and talk about ballistics numbers and testing.)

    As much as I would like to spend hundreds of dollars running various types of ammo through my gun to determine what feeds best, I am hoping the fine folks here at DC can help me narrow down my options.

    Thanks in advance for helping me save a little time and money.

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    No matter what you choose to try, you will still need to run some through YOUR gun to make certain it likes them. Pick a top of the line SD ammo from a reputable manufacturer and see if your gun will run them 100%.

    CCI Gold Dot, Winchester, Federal, Remington, Hornady, CorBon, DoubleTap - pick something that looks good to you. IMO, the difference between brands is not nearly as significant as feed reliability, and hitting the bad guy in a vital spot.

    I have had experience with all the brands I named except DoubleTap, and I've had total ignition reliability with all of them. Feed reliability varied a bit and I had a few older Federal Hydra-Shocks in .45ACP hang up on the feed ramp of two guns, one of which was a 1911 Kimber Gold Match.

    Your gun should be reasonably broken in before running your tests, but most of my pistols have run well from the start, so I fed them premium SD ammo fairly early.

    If your is reliable with FMJ, I would consider one or two 20-25 round boxes enough, IF they run perfectly through your Ruger. Just be sure you also use/test all your magazines.
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    I'd agree with the above.

    Run a few hundred rounds of ball, and if no issues, buy a box of a proven JHP (I'd suggest 230gr, since that's what the majority of proven loads run). Run a couple of magazines of the JHP, and if it's reliable and accurate, buy a few more boxes and stock up.

    As for other people suggesting what their SR runs...it really doesn't matter. Just because one person's pistol likes a particular round, there is no guarantee that your pistol--even if it's the same model--will like it.
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    Thanks for the good advice. This is my first 1911 and I've heard they can be finicky. I'll run a few more hundred rounds of FMJ through and try a few boxes of quality defense rounds and go from there.
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    I put 200 to 400 rounds of FMJ through a new gun to test for infant mortality. Then I start with a box or two of my favorite self-defense ammo in that caliber. If it works great, if not I try different manufacturers. My favorite ammo for .45 ACP is the Winchester PDX1 230 grain. All of my pistols in .45 ACP feed it reliably.
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    I too run pdx-1 in my 1911. I also carry it in my shield. Haven't had a single problem with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvito View Post
    Thanks for the good advice. This is my first 1911 and I've heard they can be finicky. I'll run a few more hundred rounds of FMJ through and try a few boxes of quality defense rounds and go from there.
    Well...it's not an exclusively 1911 thing; I do the same thing with Glocks, M&P's, etc...

    About the only gun I wouldn't consider it quite as important would be a revolver...but I'd still put a good many practice rounds downrange as well as a cylinder or two of carry ammo, just to get acquainted before I will carry it...

    Even though that means I have to spend more time shooting...oh, what a difficult thing!

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