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MrExel17
07-25-2011, 7:20 PM
Quick questions:

For anyone that owns a 1911 mainly a Nighthawk, Dan Wesson, Ed Brown, etc (Higher end 1911s)... would you use factory reloads or just straight factory brandnew. I hear 1911 will pretty much shoot anything with no issues.

My dilemma is I just got my first 1911 (Springfield MC Operator) I want to take care of it and shoot brandnew ammo which I did for the first 500rds, but this can get expensive fast. I have tons of factory reloads but hesitate to feed them in, afraid it might disrupt the force of my 1911. Well in know what I mean, any feedback would be appreciated!

Thanks

selecw
07-25-2011, 7:33 PM
I have a Nighthawk T3, a Wilson CQB, and various Kimbers and Colts.

I shoot reloads through them all - primarily 230gr and 185gr lead round nose and flat points. Very rarely do I have any problems, and where I do it's always an obvious fault I have made in the reloads.

Go for it.

22popnsplat
07-25-2011, 8:20 PM
It has been many years since i have bought factory centerfire ammuntion , I have shot tons on my reloads . I could not shoot as much as i do if i did not reload . before i reloaded i shot some commercial reloads and had some bad experiances (squibs). I have heard there are some trustworthy commercial reloaders these days but none that i could recommend. In other words i suggest you reload your own, then you should know what you have

fiddletown
07-25-2011, 8:22 PM
I've fired tens of thousands of rounds of my own reloads without drama through various of my 1911s (including Les Baers and Nighthawks). I've also never had problems with similar quantities of ammunition from the well known makers.

However, I have run across "factory reloads" that were wildly out of spec and troublesome.

The thing is that "factory reload" covers a lot of ground -- from stuff made in someone's garage and of highly variable quality to Black Hills re-manufactured ammo that is of excellent quality.

Good quality, in spec ammunition should be just fine in a good 1911. The problem is that not all ammunition that falls in the "factory reload" category is good quality, in spec.

Fishslayer
07-25-2011, 8:55 PM
As long as they're not something insane and from a source you trust, I say go for it.

Or load your own... ;)

NapaCountyShooter
07-25-2011, 8:58 PM
I would much rather shoot my own reloads than factory reloads. That's just me. I've found most brands of factory reloads that I've shot to vary quite a bit in charge and/or oal. Maybe your results will be better than mine.

five.five-six
07-25-2011, 9:02 PM
Or load your own... ;)

that

spammusubiboy
07-25-2011, 9:17 PM
I shoot nothing but reloads in my 1911's. I won't shoot any but my own however. I don't trust them. The only ammo I ever had feeding problems with were some reloads from Midway. Got a squib in there too...think I'd purchased 500 rounds, maybe more.

Iskra
07-25-2011, 9:34 PM
230 grain hardball of almost any kind will cycle perfectly well. Its the lighter rounds and flat/hollow points that can give you trouble in a good 1911.

MrExel17
07-25-2011, 10:24 PM
Right on gang! Thanks for the feedback, I don't reload myself yet (don't have the space and money yet) I do shoot the factory reloads from reputable dealers. Much appreciated!

PRCABR4Christ
07-25-2011, 10:42 PM
1911's are generally rated for +P+, good reloads are no problem :)

JaeOne3345
07-25-2011, 11:30 PM
You think 1911 competition shooters are shooting factory ammo? Hell no.

If your reloads were loaded properly, you have nothing to worry about.

Bart1
07-26-2011, 5:52 AM
I would much rather shoot my own reloads than factory reloads. That's just me. I've found most brands of factory reloads that I've shot to vary quite a bit in charge and/or oal.

This. I trust my own reload very much. As a matter of fact my 1911's run better with my reloads than factory ammo.

BajaJames83
07-26-2011, 5:53 AM
Reloads are fine

Paper Boy
07-26-2011, 6:00 AM
I shoot handloads with LSWC and my Operator has had no issues. So far it has shot everything I have thrown at it and I have shot alot of random bottom of the barrel ammo through it at one point of another.

zfields
07-26-2011, 6:22 AM
A lot of the people shooting competition guns NEED to shoot reloads due to the lighter spring setups on the gun.

Ask yourself, what do you want from that gun? If you want to keep it for an SD piece, you can reload to near factory specs. If not, get em just to where the gun cycles, but keeping recoil to minimum, then work up for accuracy.

In my experience, .45 is a bit more forgiving then 9mm/40, but you still need to be extremely careful.

Ninja45
07-26-2011, 9:08 AM
200 LSWC...steady diet of my 1911's...regardless of make/model.

MrExel17
07-26-2011, 2:05 PM
Kool, right on again members.. alot of useful info here glad you took the time!:)

sammy
07-26-2011, 4:20 PM
200 LSWC...steady diet of my 1911's...regardless of make/model.

This is my favorite bullet. #68 H&G over 5.5g. of 231 large pistol primer and range brass. Dirty as all hell but accurate and cheap. I think I have about 15,000 of them through my Baer TRS and only around 200 at most factory has ever been through this pistol.

The 1911 is a shooters gun and most shooters reload. The .45acp 1911 could not be more perfect for reloaded ammo.

zfields
07-26-2011, 4:42 PM
This is my favorite bullet. #68 H&G over 5.5g. of 231 large pistol primer and range brass. Dirty as all hell but accurate and cheap. I think I have about 15,000 of them through my Baer TRS and only around 200 at most factory has ever been through this pistol.

The 1911 is a shooters gun and most shooters reload. The .45acp 1911 could not be more perfect for reloaded ammo.

You think 231 is dirty, try bullseye : )

zdragon
07-26-2011, 6:43 PM
w231 is relatively a clean powder and meters extremely well.
i hand load every single round(200gr RN plated bullet)using two single stage press(RCBS dies).

sirgiles
07-26-2011, 6:54 PM
1911 http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu119/sirgiles_photo/heart1.png reloads

Bart1
07-26-2011, 6:57 PM
1911 reloads.


LOLz!

I second the BE comment. Man shooting it indoors is worst than smoking a cig:D

Craigwood
07-27-2011, 7:07 PM
Does your MC Operator look like mine.......awsome gun. Out of my 1911s its my favorite. They even came with the Pachmayrs from the factory. That is until 6 months from now when I get my newer one.
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g442/2yz4fela/Guns/IMG_2306.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g442/2yz4fela/Guns/IMG_2305.jpg

What you see there are reloads. 185 gr HBRN (hollow back round nose) from Berry's. I reload at the midpoint of the data sheets. Reloads allow you to customize and you are not dependant on somebodys factory loads.

MrExel17
07-27-2011, 10:00 PM
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb455/Mrexel1911/MCoperator-1.jpg

MrExel17
07-27-2011, 10:04 PM
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb455/Mrexel1911/MCoperator-2.jpg
@Craigwood, yes we have the same one! I got excited,being my first 1911 I had a couple of things waiting for it once it got out of jail. Wilson Combat ~10rd mags & magwell, changed the grips to Houges,and TLR-S! Going to work on the internals next!Cheers