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shootbig
08-22-2016, 12:16 AM
45 or 9mm for shooting steel?

Treyzian
08-22-2016, 12:25 AM
Personal preference. Assuming you've shot both, just pick whichever one you like better. Is shooting steel any different than shooting anything else?

9mmepiphany
08-22-2016, 12:38 AM
In Steel Challenge competition, you're going to want one in 9mm...usually loaded pretty light with a 115gr bullet.

If you need to knock down plates or Poppers, you'll want a stiffer load and a heavier bullet...or a .45.

shootbig
08-22-2016, 12:48 AM
In Steel Challenge competition, you're going to want one in 9mm...usually loaded pretty light with a 115gr bullet.

If you need to knock down plates or Poppers, you'll want a stiffer load and a heavier bullet...or a .45.

Thanks, that makes sense. I should have been clearer, I was taking knocking down plates. Wasn't sure if a 9mm would do the job like a 45.

rdtompki
08-22-2016, 5:39 AM
Speak with someone who shoots the event with 9mm. Yes, you can load 115gr very light, but you can run a 147gr or 160gr bullet up to a respectable PF. If you reload any of the bullet weights in 9mm will be less expensive than 45ACP.

musketjon
08-22-2016, 6:28 AM
A REAL M1911 ONLY comes in one caliber-----. 45.
Jon

shootbig
08-22-2016, 8:35 AM
A REAL M1911 ONLY comes in one caliber-----. 45.
Jon
oh boy here we go...

dragon7
08-22-2016, 8:56 AM
If you go with 9mm and a light bullet like the 115gr just be sure to hit the plates center or high anything low or on the edges and the plates won't always drop. Even more so with poppers.

k1dude
08-22-2016, 9:25 AM
A lot of times they don't calibrate the poppers or dueling trees properly. So even a good hit with 115 gr 9mm sometimes won't drop or flip them. Always carry some 124 or 147 with you in your range bag for those stages. A .45 won't have any problem with either.

crosseyedshooter
08-22-2016, 9:43 AM
I've had some plates refuse to go down with 115gr 9mm and I remember shooting a plate rack where the plates actually bounced back up with 230gr .45 so it looked like I wasn't hitting them even though I heard it. Best advice from above is to bring different loads just in case, and 9mm feels more fun for me.

cindynles
08-22-2016, 10:03 AM
Most people I know that shoot steel matches with 9mm run 135gr bullets at about 1000 fps.

ct4surf
08-22-2016, 10:14 AM
I have both 9mm and .45 1911s, but never shot steel out of them.

I'd say .45 just to get the full 1911 experience.

ARDude
08-22-2016, 11:55 AM
A REAL M1911 ONLY comes in one caliber-----. 45.
Jon
And, if you want a really good M1911......get a Glock! :hide:

musketjon
08-22-2016, 12:07 PM
And, if you want a really good M1911......get a Glock! :hide:

I have a REALLY GOOD one. A Remington Rand made in May of '44.
Jon

teflondog
08-22-2016, 12:13 PM
When I shoot bowling pins, the only 9mm loads that knock them down consistently are 147gr @ 900+ fps. Every .45 acp load knocks them down regardless of bullet weight.

Lonestargrizzly
08-22-2016, 1:07 PM
I have a REALLY GOOD one. A Remington Rand made in May of '44.
Jon

It hasn't turned to dust yet?

LightsOut!
08-22-2016, 2:39 PM
9mm for steel

ARDude
08-22-2016, 3:00 PM
I have a REALLY GOOD one. A Remington Rand made in May of '44.
Jon
Did you trick it out with a beavertail, novak sights, ambi safety, and any other goodies?

Don't forget to Cerekote it.....:wacko:

hermosabeach
08-22-2016, 3:07 PM
never clean my 1911... never use the thumb safety...don't want any scratches




Sorry OP- had to comment... for knock down power from hand guns, Momentum - Mass times Velocity is the winner

I used an old CZ52 in the 7.62 x 25 that shoots a light bullet around 1300 FPS... it made a nice ding but would not knock over steel...

The 147 grain from 9mm or 225 from the 45 worked well...


shot placement is key... hit near the bottom of a popper... it will not go....

AFTII
08-22-2016, 3:13 PM
.45 with Markwell's geezer loads.

dune870demon
08-22-2016, 5:15 PM
10mm