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SofaGeorge
07-10-2011, 7:45 PM
I'm going to start DROS this week on a Rock Island 1911. I'd prefer to use Ranger T series 230gr jhp... but I'm trying to research what ammo works best in the RIA 1911s. Does anyone here who owns the RIA Tactical have any suggestions.

I've researched many threads on the RIA... and so far all the threads I find when I run searches have it eating anything you feed it... but I haven't found one yet that discusses the success of the RI 1911 with Ranger T ammo. (Also, can anyone recommend a soft point ammo that works well in the RI 1911?)

sk8804
07-10-2011, 7:55 PM
I would definitely try the ranger ts since thats my preferred round, and I have heard they are pretty good at cycling the majority of bullet styles

jkasandiego
07-10-2011, 8:05 PM
I feed my RIA tac with 200 gr RNFP with 5 grain unique powder.

FuzzyBrows
07-10-2011, 9:55 PM
anything but hollows. mine doesnt feed it too smooth.

JanG
07-10-2011, 11:48 PM
i used to have a ria tactical and it shot everything i fed through wilson combat mags. act, surplus, non-power mag cmc feed fmj flawlessly.

hp's i've used are wwb, remington umc, pdx-1, various hornady

kelley_aj
07-11-2011, 7:23 AM
^^^^ I agree with that. Shoots just about anything I have ran through it. I mostly shoot Win. from wally world or Federal, just bought a bulk of Eagle from Cabela's that I have not used yet, but I suspect they will run fine. I use the standard mag and I halso have a Wilson combat that works fine as well. I have read that they do not like hollow points although I have not tried them myself. I have Hornady in it for the HD rounds.

Beauhooligan
07-11-2011, 7:54 AM
I've come to choose Cor-Bon 230 gn. HPs for my .45 ACP carry ammo. Peter Pi has won a fan. My prior choice was the 200 gn. Speer 'flying ashtray', though Ranger is hard to beat.;)

Mickey D
07-11-2011, 9:44 AM
anything but hollows. mine doesnt feed it too smooth.


Mine feeds everything, including ball and all HPs (Win Ranger T series, Fed Hydrashok, and Speer Gold Dot). I use only Check-Mate mags.

PRCABR4Christ
07-11-2011, 2:37 PM
Mine eats everything except SWC's (who cares, I don't shoot SWC's, just got some for free that had been confiscated)...I carry Winchester PDX1 230gr JHP when I carry it, and it runs fine, my Colts don't appreciate the mag that the RIA came with, but the RIA runs fine with it...1911's can be finicky with mags, so it's always a good idea to load up on Wilson and CMC mags =)

SofaGeorge
07-11-2011, 7:21 PM
Thx all great info

Ripon83
07-11-2011, 7:24 PM
I've only had mine since April. I have just short of 400 Federal 230 fMj rounds thru it from wally world. Not one hitch. I did score some boxes of better defensive stuff here in the market place, but I haven't tried them yet.

Ripon83
07-11-2011, 7:24 PM
PS....Wally just jumped that stuff $2 a box here too....dang it

JanG
07-11-2011, 7:29 PM
PS....Wally just jumped that stuff $2 a box here too....dang it

same here... 19 for federal, 22 for remington, 15 for tulammo... i started buying from gun stores again.

Speedpower
07-12-2011, 11:59 AM
For Ammo, Online buying is the way to go!

xxINKxx
07-12-2011, 1:33 PM
Winchester white box ran well in my old Charles daly (made by armscor, same as ria just different logo for them)

socal425
07-12-2011, 1:45 PM
PS....Wally just jumped that stuff $2 a box here too....dang it

same here... 19 for federal, 22 for remington, 15 for tulammo... i started buying from gun stores again.

For Ammo, Online buying is the way to go!

Not to "thread jack" but that's why I "bit the bullet" and started to reload myself. ;)

tacticalcity
07-12-2011, 1:51 PM
From what I have read the key is to polish up the feedramps and specific places on the inside of the gun, and then it will eat anything you try and feed it including the various self defense types of ammo. They say that unlike other brands of 1911s, RIAs do not come polished.

My Kimber came polished, but I did clean it up a bit since it was used. Just did an online search for "Improve 1911 Reliabality" or words to that effect, found an online article with step by step directions, and touched up the areas that needed it. So far so good.

PRCABR4Christ
07-12-2011, 2:02 PM
feed ramps are just a small piece of getting a 1911 running correctly...IMHO a well tuned extractor, properly throated barrel, correct spring weights, good magazines and a properly cut feed ramp angle are the keys to having a reliable 1911. IMO a feed ramp that is unpolished but cut at the correct angle will feed more reliably than a polished ramp at the wrong angle, especially one that has been polished to "melt" the step up to the barrel, that's a big no no


my RIA came with a correct throated barrel and correct feed ramp angle (no polishing necessary)for anything except SWC's, and I don't shoot those anyway lol

JanG
07-12-2011, 4:30 PM
the more you shoot, the better it feeds :D