.45 ACP Ammo Advice?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by TheDreadnought, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. TheDreadnought

    TheDreadnought New Member

    Hi guys, new here.

    I'm trying to decide what .45 ACP ammo to start stocking up on.

    What I'm looking for is the best .45 ACP FMJ round that meets the following characteristics:

    Clean burn

    I'm wanting at least 800 FPS on a 230 grain.

    What ammos do you guys recommend or recommend I stay away from?
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....


    first of all welcome to FTF!:D
    stop over in the Introductions Section and say hello to everyone.

    second, for the most part, most of the major brands of FMJ 230 gr. ammo is about the same. most of the 230 gr. ammo is going to run about the same or close in velocity.

    personally, i stay away from aluminum, or steel cased ammo since i reload. i buy factory ammo mainly just to practice with and to have a source for brass for reloading. i also now stay away from the Blazer brass cased ammo, since it has the small primer pockets.

    depending on what pistol you are using, depends on whether to stick with jacketed ammo or lead bullets.

    my personal recommendation is to stick with the major brands and whatever in these you can get the best deal on in your area. even the major brands of remanufactured ammo is good for practice and plinking, as the only thing they are re-using are the cases.

  3. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava New Member

    Really depends on your firearm.

    My .45 eats anything, include Tulammo which is considered the dirtiest nastiest stuff you can find.

    Does your handgun work well with any brand? Does it prefer brass to steel? Are you adverse to using steel-cased ammunition?

    I will mention that brass is easier to store and less prone to long term exposure. Everything I have is double-sealed away from moisture so I don't worry about it. I have a bunch of Tulammo Steel but I'm slowly phasing it out for Monarch brass.

    If you want something relatively low cost but not completely budget and fairly reliable, Remington UMC has done well by me.

    Still, need to know more about any ammo pickiness your particular weapon might have.
  4. TheDreadnought

    TheDreadnought New Member

    Well, the only .45 I have right now is my grandfather's vintage 1942 1911 that he carried in the war. For obvious reasons I don't like shooting that one too often, since it's all original and has less than 1,000 rounds through it.

    I'm planning on picking up a FNX 45 and some version of a 45 carbine. . . maybe a Thureon Defense GA model. General use will be fun, with potential as SHTF gear.

    But I'm pretty sure either of those will take pretty much anything. So was just wondering if there were any particularly good or bad brands.

    I'm staying away from aluminum/steel case ammo as my local range doesn't allow it.

    Does that help at all?
  5. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava New Member

    Monarch Brass is probably your lowest cost option BUT I have only seen it stocked at Academy.

    After that, Remington UMC is probably your next best option. Generally find it just a tad cheaper than Winchester White Box.

    Another brand I really like and sometimes maybe find cheaper than Remington is Federal 230gr. Both it and Remington UMC are easy to find at most Wal-Marts.

    You won't get much of a price break on 100 rd. bulk packs vs. standard 50 rd. boxes, but sometimes you can find the giant 250 rd. Remington UMC yellow boxes and the price isn't too bad.

    Otherwise you might find some decent online vendors if you have the means to buy in bulk.
  6. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

    I have some Winchester white box.
    Works great in mine.
  7. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    I reload, so I don't pay as much attention to what I buy, as to what

    I do with it after it's shot once. I also like WWB, Blazer, Prvi Partizan,

    Rem, Fed, CCI, S&B, and a lot of other brands. I only avoid steel or aluminum

    casings, and Berdan primers, which are not reloadable.

    There's no reason you can't shoot that WWII 1911. I shoot a vintage Hi-Power war trophy

    from when Germany overran Belgium, and took over the FN factory. Has a Waffen Eagle and

    everything- some GI had it chromed after the war. (probably in exchange for a carton or two of

    Marlboros) It has been whupped like a rented mule, and keeps on blazing away.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014
  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    I reload too. I dont remember the last time I bought ammo that wasn't rimfire.

    But it is better to have 1 box of ammo that your gun likes than to have a case of stuff that jams every other shot. Buy a couple boxes of some cheap stuff. Shoot all of it. If you get 100 rounds through without a problem, you found your brand. Buy that...whatever it may be.
  9. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    IME, this is very true. Maybe it's only the difference in different folk's grip,

    but a lot of 1911s seem to prefer a certain brand of ammo.
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    remington and pmc are the only two i will say stay away from regardless of price. remington and pmc have very very low qc standards so bad that you can actually feel the differences in charge weights on firing. pmc is so bad that a good portion of it fails to cycle the slide on my fnx45t enough to even cock the hammer... ended up shooting the rest i had out of my ruger new vaquero.

    i had gotten 200 rounds of 556 and 45acp for free on gift certificates. the brass is servicable. i didnt bother shooting the 556 just pulled the bullets popped the primers tossed the powder and reloaded them with good powder and primers
  11. hunter105

    hunter105 New Member

    I have shot two boxes of PMC and had one round not want to chamber, last of the string. I chronographed 10 rounds low velocity 741fps and 761fps, not bad for a spread. They shoot pretty accurate. I will be getting dies and will be reloading soon for my M&P .45, fun shooting gun. I'm no expert on brands of ammo but PMC has worked well for me.
  12. bamashooter1

    bamashooter1 New Member

    We have a decent size maufacturer here nameds Zero Bullets. I have used their reman 230gr. Fmj for years with excellent results. For the paat few months I've been purchasing the same from Freedom Munitions. They appear to be a Zero Bullets type plant on steroids. Normally they offer both new and reman. So far I have probably shot about 2,500 rounds through assorted 1911s with no issues. It's very reasonably priced by today's standards and more times than not you can get free or 5.00 shipping. When they have big promos it has taken up to 3 weeks for shipping. No biggie. Last week I bought 500 rounds of 100gr. .380 for my wife's new LCP. No problems. For those who don't reload it's another good source for ammunition. You can get on tyheir mailing list and get a heads up on any impending sales. That comes in handy.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2014
  13. TheDreadnought

    TheDreadnought New Member

    Freedom Munitions is completely sold out pretty much. Signed up for their email list though.

    Zero only sells online to distributors.
  14. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

    I reload my practice ammo. The only commercial ammo I purchase is for carry. It's all much more expensive than just 2 years ago.
  15. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    I have shot a lot of freedom munnitions ammo in matches without incident. This ammo is about the same price as metal case ammo but it is brass case.
    Here is their deal on 250 rounds. My brother and I shot 250 rounds of this ammo in his Kimber without any malfunctions last week.
    45 Auto 230 gr. RN Reman
    Box of 250
  16. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

    I plink with the Tula. I don't mind dirty as I am going to clean every time I shoot anyway. They are probably more accurate than I am, and they are cheap and reliable. I have shot tens of thousands of .45 and 9mm and I can't recall having an FTF or squib round. Cheap is good if you shoot a lot and live on a budget. I am just afraid that we have probably seen the last Tula imports until Russia calms down and starts acting like responsible nation instead like thugs..
  17. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    Good, better, or best is largely a matter of opinion.

    I've used Federal, Remington, and Winchester with good results. I would not rate any of them as "better" than the other.

    If you clean your pistol after you shoot it, it doesn't matter if one make of ammunition is a little dirtier than the next.

    As far as reliability goes, I've never had a problem with any of those three. None have ever failed to go bang in the many thousands of rounds I've shot of each of them. Whatever Wal-Mart or an online ammo distributor has in stock is what I buy.

    Oddly enough, in all the rounds I've put down range through three Colt 1911's, a SIG P220, HK USP, and Glock 21 the ammunition has never been a problem for any of them.