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Old 03-26-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default Springfield Armory .460 Rowland

after the movie today i dropped by the indoor range, Badger Guns in Milwaukee. it was snowing with an unpleasent breeze below freezing all morning so i gave up on going to the rifle range but i wanted to try the 460 out.

initial impressions: DIRTY rund to shoot using the hodgden longshot. its a shotgun powder and more than a little unburnt powder hit me in the face thanks to the compensator. wear your glasses. im going to get some AA#5 after i run out of the longshot. i hope that burns cleaner.

i fired 50 rounds of 230grn FMJ, 3 fail to feed. im not used to my springfield not cycling. definately not a gun mod i would rely on for SD right yet or in the field as a hunting sidearm. 50 rounds isnt much into it yet so im not that worried. the chamber may just need a better throat job than what ccg provided. but im not going to do anything to it till ive run more rounds downrange.

recoil is quite a bit stronger than CCG claimed. i would say its on par with 158grn 357mag out of a 6 inch revolver. rotational torque is quite severe reminds me of shooting the Desert Eagle 50AE. i would rank follow up shots in the same area as my colt python but slower than 45acp.

i fired some standard 45acp 230grn fmj about 20 rounds out of it and recoil was GREATLY reduced with no FTF. recoil with standard 45acp i would say is less than what you experience with a steel frame cz75.

accuracy was superb as seen below:



over all i like it a LOT. its a lot easier to handle than the DE 50AE with equuivelant power levels. i really like this kit and look forward to shooting it a lot more. but for now range only.

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A well written critique! With pics, so I could grasp the content!!


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Good shooting,JonM. Good looking weapon also.

Is that a wide body Springfield frame or a single stack? I have a wide body,and it just got me thinking!!!!!

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Good shooting,JonM. Good looking weapon also.

Is that a wide body Springfield frame or a single stack? I have a wide body,and it just got me thinking!!!!!
Thanks. mine is single stack im a traditionalist you can contact clark custom guns and ask. 460 Rowland Conversion Kits for your 1911

but i think its single stack steel frame only. the recoil is pretty stiff i would not use this kit on a aluminum frame.
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i fired some standard 45acp 230grn fmj about 20 rounds out of it and recoil was GREATLY reduced
So the .460 rowland can fire standard 45acp rounds, but not visa versa?

Thanks for the report and pics!
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So the .460 rowland can fire standard 45acp rounds, but not visa versa?

Thanks for the report and pics!
That is correct, but you have to know what spring you have in the weapon.

The .45 ACP will fit and fire from a .460 Rowland Chamber. Not so much vice versa.

However if you have that big 24# spring in that big bastard the standard .45 is probably not going to cycle. In addition, with the increased firing pin spring strength, you need to factor that into the basic .45 ACP cartridge.

While not ideal, it will function in the real world.

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i think my loads are right on the edge of reliable function they clock in at 830fps for a 230grn fmj 5 inch barrel. it cycles the 24# and extra power firing pin springs. but i only fired a handful of standard 45acp. not much of a test.

my only wish is i wish it had the new colt feed ramp and throating. cant wait to take it to texas in novembor to shoot something other than paper. cant wait to see what it will do to gallon jugs pop bottles and such.

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So the .460 rowland can fire standard 45acp rounds, but not visa versa?

Thanks for the report and pics!
Yep, just like shooting .38 spls in a .357 mag.

But watch that 24# spring, it really slows the .45 cycle time.
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i know some folks dont like reality tv but in the second season of hogs gone wild one of the hog hunters is carrying a 1911 chambered in 460 rowland from CCG.

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