3.5" 1911 chronograph results

3.5" 1911 chronograph results

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    3.5" 1911 chronograph results

    Several folks in the past have asked about 45ACP performance out of short barrels. Recently picked up a new RIA Compact Tactical & chronographed some of the loads I had on hand. Surprised at results when compared with same loads chrono'd in 5" & 4 1/4" 1911s. Chamber and barrel diameter?

    WWB fmj-797fps
    WWB 230jhp-851fps
    Rem 230GS-811fps
    Rem 185GS+p-1059fps
    Fed 230 HydraShock-858fps



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    By the time you get done soak'n up a half a dozen of any of those rounds yer gonna be plum tuckered!!

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    yep! I believe any of 'em will work. Settled on the Fed HS for carry due to accuracy but not much difference in any of them except the +p shot a tad low which didn't surprise me since gun shoots dead on w/230gr.

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    I've chronographed loads from my Para Ordinance C6.45and can offer the following: 1.) 8.6gr. AA5, Winchester LP primer, 185gr. FMJFP, 824 fps, 2.) 9.1gr. AA5, Win. LP primer, 185gr. FMJFP, 871 fps, 3.) 9.6gr. AA5, Win. LP primer, 185gr. FMJFP, 916 fps (lots of jams), 4.) 8.5gr AA5, CCI 300 primer, HDY 200gr. XTP, 779 fps, 5.) 8.7gr. AA5, CCI 300 primer, HDY 185gr. XTP, 790 fps, and 6.) 9.5gr. AA5, CCI 300 primer, HDY 185gr. XTP, 911 fps.

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    Have shot at least 3 mags of all above loads with no feed problems except +p load. It fed fine but only shot 2 mags of it. One for chronograph and one for accuracy. Fed fine but "barks"!

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    My 7-round averages this morning from a 3" Colt Defender:

    WWB 230gr FMJ- 732fps (274 f/lb energy)

    Remington JHP 230gr (100 round value pack stuff)- 746.5fps (284 f/lb energy)

    I must say, I'm disappointed in the energy factor, gotta find some factory ammo that is hotter then what I carry in 9mm.

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    The HydraShock and WWBjhp seem to be loaded hotter than the Rem load and the WWBfmj. Those are the only 230gr loads I've chronographed in the Compact so far. The Rem GS+p load would probably give you at least 1000fps if recoil not too bad for you. The Fed. & WWB loads shoot close enough to POA that for now, that's what I'm going with. The target below is 50rds WWB & several mags of WWB jhp and Fed HS from 7 & 10 yds. I know, I overkilled the target but it was my last one.


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    LOL, that looks like my archery target :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastforty View Post
    My 7-round averages this morning from a 3" Colt Defender:

    WWB 230gr FMJ- 732fps (274 f/lb energy)

    Remington JHP 230gr (100 round value pack stuff)- 746.5fps (284 f/lb energy)

    I must say, I'm disappointed in the energy factor, gotta find some factory ammo that is hotter then what I carry in 9mm.
    Wow thats some weak stuff!
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