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Old 01-28-2014, 11:37 PM   #1
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I like to carry HP AMMO when I think I will be using my 1911 around crowds. My thought process is that if it only gets 14" of penetration in ballistic gelatin than it wont impose as much a threat to others.

When I'm at home, and in the field I carry either HCFN, or JFN in the mag. I was checking out test some years back, and you can more than double the penetration depending on the bullet.

Please do not start this into a caliber debate! I am only interested in what others do that carry this cartridge, and maybe get some pointers as to the best ammo now a days.

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Old 01-28-2014, 11:46 PM   #2
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The best hollow points are the ones your gun cycle reliably. 1911S are often finicky when it comes to hollows.

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The best hollow points are the ones your gun cycle reliably. 1911S are often finicky when it comes to hollows.

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well so far so good, have tried several types and no problems so far...cant say that is even a concern for me...thinking along the lines of performance on live creatures
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I can't help you there. I carried a standard reliable defense ammo in my 1911, Nothing special. Don't remember what it was.

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I carry 230 hp in whatever brand I can get except remington. I don't consider remington reliable enough for plinking much less self defense.

My philosophy on defense is if I buy defensive ammo and it doesn't cycle in one of my carry guns I sell the gun. If a ccw gun is ammo sensitive I don't consider it reliable for carry.
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Buffalo Bore ammo is among the hottest, their specialty. Mountainman is right that you will need to fire at least 100 rounds without a single stoppage (some say 200) to trust it for SD. That means your 1911 will take quite a beating (check the spring rating) ,and possibly your hand too. I have not fired a Buffalo Bore +P from my 1911's, because I've seen what a regular 230 gr can do - more than enough. But if you want the ultimate power you can trust, brace up for some testing.
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Buffalo Bore ammo is among the hottest, their specialty. Mountainman is right that you will need to fire at least 100 rounds without a single stoppage (some say 200) to trust it for SD. That means your 1911 will take quite a beating (check the spring rating) ,and possibly your hand too. I have not fired a Buffalo Bore +P from my 1911's, because I've seen what a regular 230 gr can do - more than enough. But if you want the ultimate power you can trust, brace up for some testing.
I have fired the Buffalo Bore 255gr and it did feel a little snappy to say the least, they recommend installing a stiffer spring I do recall. I do like their stuff though! So far I have tried almost every brand of HP and haven't had a malfunction so I'm not worried about that right now. I really have no worries, just looking for what others choose to carry for ammo.

I have tried and carried about everything under the sun...but always seem to be looking for that edge
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I have drank the Kool aid and I carry RBCD ammo in my 1911. It's light and fast, there are some other claims but these are the two that I know are facts

It's a 80gr limited range round. It travels at 2375 fps at 1002 flbs. All that speed and energy stopping in a Bad Guys body. Some say that they don't perform well in ballistic gel but I've never heard of ballistic gel committing a crime. So I take that with a grain of salt.

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Winchester Ranger T 230 JHP. Cycles reliably, groups well. Good enough for the Police, good enough for me. Bonus: It's not idiotically overpriced.
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I have gone strictly to federal hst. I still like hornady critical duty as well. Both are offered in +p to I think


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