Hollowpoints in my 1911

Hollowpoints in my 1911

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    Hollowpoints in my 1911

    It is way too windy and dirty to go out to the range today, and I am really bummed out. I had bought several types of hollowpoints to try through my 1911. I have a few hundred FMJ down the tube without any jams, and thought it was ready to pick a defense load so I could start CCW with my new pistol.

    It is a Springfield Armory Mil-Spec .45 ACP. What I did (because I was totally bored) was load each type of hollowpoint in the Wilson Combat 47-D mag (that is what I intend to use for carry) and loaded the pistol to 8+1. Then I proceeded to forcefully rack the slide to the rear and let it strip out of my hand and slam shut, attempting to simulate firing the pistol. I know this doesn't simulate the forces of actually pulling the trigger, but I was wondering if this was any indication of how things will feed when I actually do get to go shooting and try it out.

    I tried 4 brands of hollowpoints....Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Saber, Hornady TAP, and Winchester Supreme Elite. All 230 grain JHP. All four brands fed completely without any trouble or jams, and the slide locked back on empty each time. I was expecting at least one jam from the test, but everything fed and worked as planned.

    Can I expect the same findings at the range?

    What do you carry in your 1911?
    What do you stay away from with your 1911?

    Thanks for any feedback.


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    I have a thread in the Ammo sub-forum about something similar, same pistol too. Here it is.

    Mine fed 230gr. Gold Dot HP at the range yesterday just fine whereas before yesterday all four of my mags (2x seven round factory mags, 2x eight round Chip McCormick mags) were having trouble stripping the Gold Dots from capacity as the mag springs appeared to be too strong or not fully broken in yet; however, now that I've put another 170 FMJ rounds on top of 80 previously fired FMJ rounds it will now feed the the Gold Dots when properly seated by slapping the back of the mag against my hand.

    Only trouble I had yesterday were four or five rounds FMJ Winchester Whitebox that were weak and failed to chamber the next round completely after ejecting the previously fired cartridge as well as leaving the slide out of battery due to the squib. My gun just hates WWB but loves Remington UMC, so I guess it all depends on your gun.

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    I've ran Winchester Ranger's, Federal HST, and Pow'R Ball thru my Kimber without any problems.

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    All my 1911's feed quality defense rounds (hollow points) better than cheap round ball. Winchester white box hollow points are, well... dirty.

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    My mil spec eats every thing I feed it. Thats mostly Federal ammo, Hydro Shoks, EFMJ and HST's. And a variety of brands ofFMJ.
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    Thanks guys. That sounds real promising. I am partial to the Gold Dot because most of the local LEO use them, and they have served me well in my EAA Witness for years.
    Can't wait to see how they do in my Mil-Spec!!!

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    Winchester Rangers or Federal HST for my Kimbers and Glock 30
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    All are good rounds; you shouldn't have any issue with any of them.

    See which one shoots with what you consider the best accuracy, and can control well...put about 50-100 of those through your pistol, and if it eats 'em all flawlessly, you've got a great carry load.
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    "Can I expect the same findings at the range?"

    Yes, usually.

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    my mil-spec fires everything...no problems at all.
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    I guess I'm just blessed... all 3 of my 1911s feed any JHP I've fed 'em to date. That includes - just about all Federal JHP variants from 165 to 230 gr; Win Silvertips; PMC Starfire; Rem Golden Saber; Hornady JHPs of all description; and Speer "flying ashtray" - 200 gr JHP.

    The rookie TRP didn't appreciate 200 gr lead SWC, but it was just throated and now it even feeds empties.
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    Should be able to take them if it's the Mil-Spec. They throat the barrel and polish the ramps on those, according to their website. My GI model has fed them with no problem.

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    I ran Gold Dot's with no problems in my Cbob. Never tried anything else.

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    I guess I'm lucky.... all my 1911's .... Sigs (2), Colts (2), Kimbers (2), and Dan Wesson CBOB, function perfectly, with any ammo.... I can't say I've tried everything out there, but I've sampled lots of ammo over 40 years of shooting.....
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    I use Federal HST in my Kimber

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