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Old 01-08-2011, 02:16 AM   #11
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Me I used Jewelers rouge and a piece of cotton cloth and a pencil or dowel. Dan says he has a PDF ytoumight want ot look over that and get some more of the fine points. Just don't get a dremel out on it....please?!!??!!
Haha a dremel will never make it's way to any of my guns.
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Man..you would be surprised just how many people I've seen or read about doing it. Shame to do that to a 1911...Or BB gun..heh

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usmc03, disassemble the gun, get a piece of crocus cloth (about 8 x 10" sheet), tear of a 1/2" strip longways, run the strip through the magazine well and over the feed ramp and holding one end of the strip in one hand and the other end with the other hand, draw it back and forth like polishing a shoe.

do the same to the ramp on the barrel by running it through the barrel.

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Just try several types until you find one it likes. CorBon Pow'rball feeds just like FMJ because of the plastic? ball in the hollow. Polishing the feedramp will help it feed better as well.
I own a Springfield GI, 4" that has digested every kind of ammo I have fed it. The only modifications I have made is to polish the ramp and replace the sights with some that my 64 year old eyes can actually see. I stocked up on Wilson Combat 8 round magazines which work great. Never a misfire, FTF, or FTE.

CorBon's PowRball is a great choice for feeding and terminal effects. Same for Federal EFMJ (Expanding Full Metal Jacket) but their "plastic" is covered by a thin layer of copper jacket. EFMJ looks like flat nose metal jacket, but the copper covering collapses and starts the expansion when the metal meets the meat. Hornady Critical Defense is another good option.

For budget considerations, there is one school of thought that suggests that even .45 fmj is a great choice for self defense because you are starting out with a big bullet. The 1911 was designed to work with 230 grain FMJ, so that should be a natural. Some of the lower cost white-box hollow points have a smaller cavity and may feed better, but expansion for defense may be "iffy". Polishing the feed ramp is a good idea.
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Step one is to get some quality mags. Sadly, the factory mags that come with most 1911s are 1 step above junk...

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I run Carbon PowerBall through mine, and I used to use Remington Golden Sabers without any problems as well. The EFMJ is also a consideration however you MAY experience an issue. One more thing to consider though. FMJ .45 has been effective for a LONG time.

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1911s are like early Harley Davidson's, no two are alike. Take the advice you asked for and shoot a variety of ammo to find what your harley likes. Trust me; it's the only way to make her happy.

You are going to attack the feed ramp based on, and I quote, "I have heard these guns do not like hollow point ammo due to the feed ramp." ????

Why in god's (JMB) name would you attempt to correct an issue that you have not collected empirical data demonstrating a defect?

You hesitate buying different ammo because of price but never considered what repair to a botched feed ramp (fix?) will cost.

Most feed issues are a result of poor/lack-of maintenance. Clean the gun, NOT with crocus cloth, lube it and go collect some data.

If there is still an issue, go buy a Tripp mag and see if that fixes the problem.

Shoot the damn thing to find out if there is an issue. (empirical data)

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usmc03, disassemble the gun, get a piece of crocus cloth (about 8 x 10" sheet), tear of a 1/2" strip longways, run the strip through the magazine well and over the feed ramp and holding one end of the strip in one hand and the other end with the other hand, draw it back and forth like polishing a shoe.

do the same to the ramp on the barrel by running it through the barrel.
STOP!

You are NOT really suggesting to run crocus cloth through the barrel are you??

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STOP!

You are NOT really suggesting to run crocus cloth through the barrel are you??

Well..maybe just a few swipes with some 80 grit on a high speed drill or dremel. you know it's the only way to ensure it wont like one ammo over another. An anorexic 1911! It wont eat anything!!!
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