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Old 07-11-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Hi guys, new here.

I'm trying to decide what .45 ACP ammo to start stocking up on.

What I'm looking for is the best .45 ACP FMJ round that meets the following characteristics:

Reliability
Price
Accuracy
Clean burn
Availability

I'm wanting at least 800 FPS on a 230 grain.

What ammos do you guys recommend or recommend I stay away from?
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:45 PM   #2
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Hi guys, new here.

I'm trying to decide what .45 ACP ammo to start stocking up on.

What I'm looking for is the best .45 ACP FMJ round that meets the following characteristics:

Reliability
Price
Accuracy
Clean burn
Availability

I'm wanting at least 800 FPS on a 230 grain.

What ammos do you guys recommend or recommend I stay away from?

first of all welcome to FTF!
stop over in the Introductions Section and say hello to everyone.

second, for the most part, most of the major brands of FMJ 230 gr. ammo is about the same. most of the 230 gr. ammo is going to run about the same or close in velocity.

personally, i stay away from aluminum, or steel cased ammo since i reload. i buy factory ammo mainly just to practice with and to have a source for brass for reloading. i also now stay away from the Blazer brass cased ammo, since it has the small primer pockets.

depending on what pistol you are using, depends on whether to stick with jacketed ammo or lead bullets.

my personal recommendation is to stick with the major brands and whatever in these you can get the best deal on in your area. even the major brands of remanufactured ammo is good for practice and plinking, as the only thing they are re-using are the cases.
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Really depends on your firearm.

My .45 eats anything, include Tulammo which is considered the dirtiest nastiest stuff you can find.

Does your handgun work well with any brand? Does it prefer brass to steel? Are you adverse to using steel-cased ammunition?

I will mention that brass is easier to store and less prone to long term exposure. Everything I have is double-sealed away from moisture so I don't worry about it. I have a bunch of Tulammo Steel but I'm slowly phasing it out for Monarch brass.

If you want something relatively low cost but not completely budget and fairly reliable, Remington UMC has done well by me.

Still, need to know more about any ammo pickiness your particular weapon might have.
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Well, the only .45 I have right now is my grandfather's vintage 1942 1911 that he carried in the war. For obvious reasons I don't like shooting that one too often, since it's all original and has less than 1,000 rounds through it.

I'm planning on picking up a FNX 45 and some version of a 45 carbine. . . maybe a Thureon Defense GA model. General use will be fun, with potential as SHTF gear.

But I'm pretty sure either of those will take pretty much anything. So was just wondering if there were any particularly good or bad brands.

I'm staying away from aluminum/steel case ammo as my local range doesn't allow it.

Does that help at all?
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Monarch Brass is probably your lowest cost option BUT I have only seen it stocked at Academy.

After that, Remington UMC is probably your next best option. Generally find it just a tad cheaper than Winchester White Box.

Another brand I really like and sometimes maybe find cheaper than Remington is Federal 230gr. Both it and Remington UMC are easy to find at most Wal-Marts.

You won't get much of a price break on 100 rd. bulk packs vs. standard 50 rd. boxes, but sometimes you can find the giant 250 rd. Remington UMC yellow boxes and the price isn't too bad.

Otherwise you might find some decent online vendors if you have the means to buy in bulk.
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I have some Winchester white box.
Works great in mine.
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I reload, so I don't pay as much attention to what I buy, as to what

I do with it after it's shot once. I also like WWB, Blazer, Prvi Partizan,

Rem, Fed, CCI, S&B, and a lot of other brands. I only avoid steel or aluminum

casings, and Berdan primers, which are not reloadable.


There's no reason you can't shoot that WWII 1911. I shoot a vintage Hi-Power war trophy

from when Germany overran Belgium, and took over the FN factory. Has a Waffen Eagle and

everything- some GI had it chromed after the war. (probably in exchange for a carton or two of

Marlboros) It has been whupped like a rented mule, and keeps on blazing away.

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I reload too. I dont remember the last time I bought ammo that wasn't rimfire.

But it is better to have 1 box of ammo that your gun likes than to have a case of stuff that jams every other shot. Buy a couple boxes of some cheap stuff. Shoot all of it. If you get 100 rounds through without a problem, you found your brand. Buy that...whatever it may be.
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it is better to have 1 box of ammo that your gun likes than to have a case of stuff that jams every other shot. Buy a couple boxes of some cheap stuff. Shoot all of it. If you get 100 rounds through without a problem, you found your brand. Buy that...whatever it may be.
IME, this is very true. Maybe it's only the difference in different folk's grip,

but a lot of 1911s seem to prefer a certain brand of ammo.
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remington and pmc are the only two i will say stay away from regardless of price. remington and pmc have very very low qc standards so bad that you can actually feel the differences in charge weights on firing. pmc is so bad that a good portion of it fails to cycle the slide on my fnx45t enough to even cock the hammer... ended up shooting the rest i had out of my ruger new vaquero.

i had gotten 200 rounds of 556 and 45acp for free on gift certificates. the brass is servicable. i didnt bother shooting the 556 just pulled the bullets popped the primers tossed the powder and reloaded them with good powder and primers
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