View Full Version : Taurus pt1911 questions. Barrel thickness?

10-10-2011, 10:25 AM
I am new to the 1911 world, but I have been shooting and reloading for 9mm and 40 for awhile with no problems. The barrel on my 1911 seems thin compared to my xd and glock.... Does that mean I have to be extra carefull about running hot loads and only load and shoot light loads? In the instructions it says not to use + p ammo.

10-10-2011, 10:42 AM
I'm not familiar with the Taurus but, and I'm assuming you know this since you reload, SAAMI max pressure for .45 ACP is 21,000 psi. It's 35,000 for 9mm and for the .40, which is over 66% higher.

10-10-2011, 10:49 AM
1911's should run +P no problem...that said, I don't run +P as I have no use for it. The barrel should be fine and should last you just fine even running hot loads. The only thing you should watch for when running hot loads is your barrel feet and the frame where the barrel feet impact, if either of those start looking beat up, your VIS (vertical impact surface) needs to be relieved, and Taurus should warranty that. You may also need to upgrade your springs if you plan on feeding it a steady diet of hot loads.

10-10-2011, 4:43 PM
You should be fine running hot loads. If it had an aluminium frame then it would be a different story.