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    Confused about which ammo i CAN use.

    This may be off topic here, but I'm confused about which ammo I can use in my Rock Island .45. I've heard that I can't shoot +P out of it, some say I can. will I be able to use the new critical defense ammo from Hornady when it's available in .45?

    I guess my question would be: Am I limited in the .45 ammo I can shoot in the RIA . 45? I shoot winchester, federal now with no problems.

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    Does the users manual say anything about NOT shooting +P? I would think that +P would be fine. While a steady diet of +P is generally not recommended, an occasional mag or three should be fine here and there, and a lot of people carry +P in their guns. IIRC the new Hornady Critical Defense load for the .45 is 230gr NON+P, but I could be wrong.


    You should not be "limited" to what you can shoot in the RIA unless the manual specifically says so.

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    Thanks JD. I'll reread the manual. 230gr is what I'm shooting now.

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    If you're shooting a 5" 1911 I suggest changing the recoil Spring to an 18.5 pound one when shooting 230 Grain +P ammo.

    I use Wilson's in mine, and shoot mostly "Duty Ammo" which is 230 Grain +P in mine. When I shoot "standard" 230 Grain hardball ammo I change to the 17 pound Recoil Spring.

    Too heavy a Recoil Spring will "batter" your gun, as will too light a Recoil Sping.

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    +1 on reading/rereading the manual, should tell you there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    If you're shooting a 5" 1911 I suggest changing the recoil Spring to an 18.5 pound one when shooting 230 Grain +P ammo.

    I use Wilson's in mine, and shoot mostly "Duty Ammo" which is 230 Grain +P in mine. When I shoot "standard" 230 Grain hardball ammo I change to the 17 pound Recoil Spring.

    Too heavy a Recoil Spring will "batter" your gun, as will too light a Recoil Sping.

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    definately looking to get a new spring. i'd like to add some night sites to this thing.

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    Most 1911's need a break-in of atleast 3-400 rounds of ball ammo. While you're reading the manual about the +P, see if it mentions anything about break-in. I have never seen a 1911 that didnt require a break-in period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcher View Post
    Most 1911's need a break-in of atleast 3-400 rounds of ball ammo. While you're reading the manual about the +P, see if it mentions anything about break-in. I have never seen a 1911 that didnt require a break-in period.
    I've seen plenty that didn't need them. I would say more, but all I've got time for is this. MOST 1911s DON'T need a break in. The only maker I know of fore sure that states it as a requirement in the manual is Kimber, Springfield recommends a break in but it's not listed in the book.

    ETA: ALL guns should be tested for reliability but that is not quite the same as a mandated "break in" period.

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