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Old 01-08-2012, 06:39 PM   #11
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There's nothing wrong with the 185gr ammunition. Since I'm more of a traditionalist I like to shoot the 230gr ammunition, but that's just my personal preference. One thing to keep in mind is when you put a mixture of different grain bullets in the magazine and fire them you could get a variation on point of impact, recoil, and overal fell.

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:29 PM   #12
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230gr ball ammo is all you need...In a good quality brand...I like Federal Match it's extremely accurate and as far as stopping power it's like getting hit in the chest with a sledge hammer...

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Old 01-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #13
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Just to confuse matters, I reload my own ammo and have switched to 200 grain jacketed flat nose bullets and have been incredibly pleased with the results. Most ammo is loaded to produce a certain 'power factor' and a heavier bullet will generally be shot using slightly less powder to produce roughly the same 'factor' as a lighter bullet shot with slightly more powder. In some of the shooting competitions you have to make 'power' or have a certain range that your ammo has to fall into. For instance, in IDPA a person shooting in their CDP division which only allows .45 cal pistols, you have to have a power factor of 165,000. You take the weight of the bullet and multiply it by the velocity of the round when shot and that gives you your 'power factor'. A 200 grain bullet traveling at 825 fps gives you the 165,000 power that you need. Factory will probably be loaded to roughly a similar effect and a lighter bullet shot quickly will give you a different feel than a heavier bullet traveling slower.

The other factor is also the shape of the bullet. a 230 grain round nose bullet is the norm and every .45 regardless of age and style should feed it 100% of the time. The 200 grains and 185 grain hollow points are a different shape and some guns, like a 1911, may not feed them reliably until the feed ramp has been worked a bit or broken in. I shoot the 200 grains since they are the exact same shape as a 185 grain hollowpoint round so I know that no matter what round I use it will feed the other reliably. With the pieces that you have it will really only come down to preference on either the feel of the recoil or the price of the ammo.

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I shoot 185gr cast semi-wadcutter and 230gr cast round nose. Just depends on whether I'm looking for accuracy or looking for plinking.

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Just got back from range with my Sig 220...Tried some Remington 230gr fmj ball at 25yrds...Not as tight a group I get with Federal Match but was $12 a box cheaper and I can live with the results..

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I'm a fan of 200 SWC and 230 FMJ. Never tried 185 fodder but I would like to. Power factor is only an issue if you want to compete. Otherwise, whatever shoots the smallest groups rules.

Loading your own is a distinct advantage but if cost is not an issue, there are plenty of people who will do it for you.

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I prefer swc's for the range just cause they make pretty holes but my Sig doesn't like to feed them...I'm giving some thought to having the feed ramp polished...

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Whenever I buy ammo for my .44 or .45 I get the heaviest bullet available.

I used to reload, but find that too tedious now, after burning out on it.

With these 2 guns, the whole reason for having the gun is knock-down power.

So you might as well get the heaviest bullet that you can handle.

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After testing alot of ammo with my 1911, i like the 230g the best

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I shoot 230gr in all my .45's my 1911's shoot 230 fmj ball at the range and my Beretta PX4 Storm shoot anything I feed it, but once again for the range its 230 ball, now for home defense all .45's have 1 mag loaded with Hornady's 45 Auto+P 230 gr HP XTP. My .44mag I pretty much do the samething only it's a 240gr fmj and I have some super hand loads for HD

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