Best Defensive Ammo for 1911

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    Best Defensive Ammo for 1911

    OK, so I am having some difficulty getting hollow points to cycle reliably through my 1911. I know John Browning designed the 1911 to shoot ball ammo, so I know in a way I am asking my gun to do something it wasn't really designed for, but I figure there has to be some variety of defensive ammo that will work better for 1911s given the number of them out there and the number of people who carry them. I know Remington Golden Sabers do not cycle well in my 1911 (though my Springfield XDS loves them). Any other suggestions?

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    What make of 1911 do you have?
    I have Colt's and Baer's, neither brand is ammo sensitive.
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    It is a Taurus PT1911. Not the highest end 1911, but I can drive tacks with it, which is why I like to use it for defense.
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    You can spend $200 on different ammo seeing which JHPs will cycle well, or you can take it to a gunsmith who's sharp in 1911s and spend the same money (probably less) on a reliability job. My Springer TRP had a tight chamber, but after some appropriate 'love' bestowed upon it by a good 'smith, this gun will feed empty cases.
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    It may need some throating work. Polishing of the feed ramp and all that.

    My RIA 5" eats anything so far.
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    Instead of blowing a bunch of money on ammo that may or may not work, heed gasmitty's advice. Get it throated out by a professional. Not a big deal for a competent smith.

    Then you keep the gun you like and feed it the ammo you want.

    Until then, run hardball. You know it'll cycle, and it makes a nice, big hole. Lots of dead Krauts in Europe would concur, were they able to.

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    Interesting; Golden Saber has always been a round I knew would work even in a finicky pistol.

    I also am interested in knowing what make you have...

    And, I will also go with the group and suggest either getting it polished & throated by a competent smith, or sending it back to the manufacturer for the same treatment.

    Until then--carry ball.
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    Over the years, Remington's JHPs have had a reputation for feeding in guns that were fussy about their diets. Maybe not the absolute best man-stopping round, but never at the back of the pack, either. If you can't afford gunsmith attention, then try some Rem JHPs to see if they feed reliably in your Taurus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    Interesting; Golden Saber has always been a round I knew would work even in a finicky pistol.

    I also am interested in knowing what make you have...

    And, I will also go with the group and suggest either getting it polished & throated by a competent smith, or sending it back to the manufacturer for the same treatment.

    Until then--carry ball.
    I wondered about that myself. GS ammo has a nice, round ogive conducive to silky smooth feeding. If his gun chokes with that, he is certainly in need of a polish job.
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    I too have a non-expensive, "lower class" 1911, Rock Island, and it's eaten every HP I've fed it and done so reliably. I'd try a different brand or two since so far you only said one brand didn't work. Federal Hydrashok, Federal HST, Critical Defense, and Gold Speer Dots are all good brands I've been able to cycle reliably.

    If you still don't have any luck, I'd go with the advice already given.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docabe View Post
    It is a Taurus PT1911. Not the highest end 1911, but I can drive tacks with it, which is why I like to use it for defense.
    go figure . . .

    sell it or trade it in on ah Colt and be happy happy happy
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    I've always had good results with Federal HST. You might check with Taurus. Since it has a lifetime warranty, they may be willing to resolve the feed issue for you.
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    Whatever ammo functions best in your particular gun, is what I would recommend. The heavier, the better. 200+ gr. bullets, even at subsonic velocities, show no mercy.
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    Federal Premium 'Guard Dog' .45 ACP. - That's what I run in my Springfield. Loads like a ball, hits like a hollow point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zamboni View Post
    go figure . . .

    sell it or trade it in on ah Colt and be happy happy happy
    I agree... But must remember that people have their own personal reasons for their choices. So, if we can help him make what he has work , then that's what we need to do.

    And I concur with the others , who suggested smith work or Remington bullets.

    But I suspect it may be something else here , and I'd start with a quality mag, and see what that does, and if it doesn't completely cure it, check the extractor for proper tension .

    I just have a difficult time believing that a pistol made today needs throating .

    An additional thought....fmj or lead round nose are not bad options at all.
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