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ColdDeadHands1
01-31-2012, 9:25 PM
I recently purchased a really nice 1944 Remington Rand 1911a1. Through all my research, this appears to be an unmolested, all correct, non arsenaled pistol. I want to shoot this. I have read that it is highly discouraged to shoot the earlier WWI pistols as they did not have good heat treating or metallurgy practices. So 1st off, can I safely shoot this gun without damaging it?

I reload my own ammo. For target shooting at paper and steel with my other .45's, I use middle of the recommended range loads such as this one:

200gr LSWC with 4.0gr Clays. This load generates about 15,000CUP and 850fps. Is this safe to use in my "new" .45?

Oh, put away the "This thread is worthless..." photo demands. Here you go!

http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae273/garandman14/RemRand1911.jpg

rojocorsa
02-01-2012, 9:42 AM
Didn't the old .45 Auto cartridge push a 230gr ball @ 850 anyway?

Sounds like you should be fine, but I am not an expert. Pretty piece!

CEDaytonaRydr
02-01-2012, 2:21 PM
Didn't the old .45 Auto cartridge push a 230gr ball @ 850 anyway?

Yes...

I also stand by 6.0gr Unique under a 200gr projectile. That's a very accurate load. :)

Chaos47
02-01-2012, 2:29 PM
Very nice!

I was so sad when my friend said hey want to see my grandpa's WW2 Pistol only to have him pull it out and find that his father had had it chromed :banghead:

John Browning
02-01-2012, 2:36 PM
You will probably find that the pistol doesn't like anything except FMJ profile rounds. That being said, put a new recoil spring in it and go to town.

ColdDeadHands1
02-01-2012, 8:56 PM
You will probably find that the pistol doesn't like anything except FMJ profile rounds. That being said, put a new recoil spring in it and go to town.

What weight recoil spring should I use?

luckystrike
02-02-2012, 1:14 AM
factory weight is 16lbs, not sure about GIs, prob not any different. I personally use 18.5

Orlando
02-02-2012, 3:52 AM
That is not a early pistol and the slide has be anealed. Standard factory ammo is fine

rojocorsa
02-02-2012, 9:55 AM
That is not a early pistol and the slide has be anealed. Standard factory ammo is fine

How do you tell that in general?

Orlando
02-02-2012, 10:00 AM
I beleive after 1938 slides were annealed? Also earlier sildes may have been done during rebuilds
I'm know expert on these just going by memory