Reliable feeding

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    Reliable feeding

    I am going to be flying "home" to Maryland this weekend and will be driving back to Texas next week. While I am there I will be picking up my series 70 commander I left with a smith before I left. The only ammo I have ever fired through this particular weapon is FMJ handloads. As this is going to be my carry weapon for the trip home I plan to pick up some HPs for the drive. I am looking for suggestions as to what load to pick up as I am not going to have time to run a bunch through it before I have to hit the road. I was thinking probably something with a smallish cavity and an ogive similar to "ball" ammo. I prefer something in the 200-230 grain range. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    Powrball or Federal EFMJ function like hollow points and feed like FMJ.
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    At the very least, if you can't go shoot the gun, check it's feeding habits by racking through the mag as many times as you can, both slingshots and slide releases. It will give you some piece of mind hopefully.

    +1 on the CorBon Pow'Rballs. Good ammo, costs about a buck a round.

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    Thanks for the tips!

    If things work out I might have maybe half an hour to sneak out to a range and run a few through it. The pistol has a stock barrel in it so I wouldn't really expect any issues, but if there are any I would much rather find out on a sunny afternoon at the range than in a truck stop at midnight!

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    I'd go with the PowRball if your barrel is not throated for hollowpoints or stick with a good hardball.
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    If you cannot function test (read: fire) a couple hundred rounds of your HP ammo, stick with the hardball.

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    My most finicky pistols have never "choked" on Remington Golden Saber (.380, 9MM and .45).

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    I'd go with the PowRball if your barrel is not throated for hollowpoints or stick with a good hardball.
    +1...................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    If you cannot function test (read: fire) a couple hundred rounds of your HP ammo, stick with the hardball.

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    +1 good advice.....
    I'd recommend at least 2 boxes to function check even with the fmj...
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    My 1911 chokes on SWC, but loves HP's

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    EFMJ?

    How can EFMJ feed as reliable as hardball?
    It has the same shape like JHP rounds, except the hollow cavity.

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    Stick with what you know works

    I really would either

    a) Stick with the ammo that you KNOW works with the gun, even if it is FMJ.

    b) Put it in a box and carry a gun you know works with HP rounds.

    My strong preference is for b), especially as you are picking the gun up from a smith. Who knows how its feeding characteristics may have changed depending on what work you had done.

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    Thanks for all of the responses! I am home now, and it turns out to have been kimd of a moot issue. The only work I had the smith do was dovetail the slide and put some snag free night sights on. While I was home I ran into the gun's previous owner. He said he never had a problem with Hydro Shocks, and in fact had just found another box of them in his basement! As he no longer owned a .45 he had no use for them and gave them to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theoden View Post
    How can EFMJ feed as reliable as hardball?
    It has the same shape like JHP rounds, except the hollow cavity.
    The shape is not quite the same. I know that one persnickety older Colt that I shoot a lot would choke on about one in 30 hollow points of every single make I tried. The EFMJ has never, ever failed to feed. I know of a few other people with similar results.
    If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

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