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CAMCHAMPION1988 09-12-2011 09:11 PM

Can i shoot 200gr +P Gold Dot Hollow Points in a Rock Island M1911A1???
Yeah just wondering if i can shoot +P Gold Dot 200gr GDHP .45 in my Rock Island Armory M1911A1???

This gun should be able to feed Hollow Points out of the box right or no?????

JonM 09-12-2011 09:26 PM

if it was a colt i would say "if i doesnt out of the box send it back to colt cuz its defective" but a RIA... reliability is very dependent on the individual gun. fit and finish qa isnt the best.

as for +p and such i find it is not much gain ballistically to offset the increased muzzle flash and recoil. i stick with standard pressure levels for SD ammo. but thats just my opinion. mileage may vary.

canebrake 09-12-2011 10:36 PM

Is the gun new?

I don't recommend the use of Hollow Points until the gun has proven itself with 400-500 rounds of 230 gr ball. Then start your experiment with the HP's.

As far as +P ammo, I really don't see the need to change JMB's design parameters of big and slow with hot rounds. I suggest before you try the +P ammo you call RIA and ask them. Their answer will speak volumes about your gun and them as a manufacturer.

CAMCHAMPION1988 09-14-2011 04:32 AM

Yes the gun is new
yes the gun is new it doesn't say not to not use +P in the manual

danf_fl 09-14-2011 10:01 AM

I have seen some of the Philippines 1911's develop distinct wear marks (and gouges) on the slide stop where the barrel lugs come in contact. And every one had less than 1000 rounds.

I would double check all parts when cleaning for rapid wear. Should the slide stop fail, you could get an exciting surprise.

AznZOhAn 09-15-2011 05:30 AM

I can't speak on RIA, but Colts and SAs can handle +p+ with ease. But that's Colt and SA, quality is job one. My old man taught you do a bad job over and over until you get it right, you do a good job once. Colt and SA do good jobs.

JohnJak 09-15-2011 02:09 PM

Feel free to contact them at:

Rock Island Armory - Contact Info

NickySantoro 09-23-2011 10:36 PM

I've fired 200 +P out of my AO with no problem but I don't make a habit of it. You might find that the feed ramp needs a polishing to feed HPs reliably. Easy enough DIY job.

chevelle427 09-25-2011 01:15 AM

i have out of my sf1911-a1 from 1980 and it also likes 250-260gn bullets

rab 09-26-2011 11:40 PM

About ammo
I have a RIA 1911A1, and have been feeding it just about everything with no problems. I have never run +P's. My favorite for personal and home defense is Win Ranger 230's. Next would be Rem Golden Sabers. I mostly shoot Win White-Box 230's. After about a year or so it seems that any FMJ is what the gun likes. Lately, I have noticed a horizontal gouge starting on the pre-feed ramp.(might not be the correct nomenclature) I'm referring to that little part of the frame just below the barrel. Using JHP's, if I don't rack it completely back, I can produce a hang. Using FMJ's is smooth as silk.

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