Just picked up an STI Elektra in .45acp...ammo recommendations?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by GirlsOfFire, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. GirlsOfFire

    GirlsOfFire New Member

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    I also have a Colt New Agent on the way and Hubby has a Kimber Ultra Covert II that will soon be joining the family...would love to find something they will all "like".
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Hard to beat Winchester white box, Blazer or Fiocchi FMJ for trigger time.

    I have used both Blazer brass and aluminum with good results.

    Remington JHP in the green/white box runs well in my pistols.

    You will just have to bite the bullet and test some HD/PD rounds to see what works for you.
     

  3. porkchops

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    For range time, I think Blazer Brass is tops
     
  4. porkchops

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    BTW, a Colt, Kimber, and now a STI? guess the recession is over.
     
  5. GirlsOfFire

    GirlsOfFire New Member

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    Thanks for the recommendations. The recession...nah that's still going strong. It's amazing what you can get though when you dedicate yourself to eating Ramen noodles! Gotta do something to support my "habit"....
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    While Monarch (steel case) is okay for informal range shooting, I would still shy away from it.
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Echo that- Here the WWB is cheepest & runs 100% in my 9's & 45's :)
     
  8. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    You might want to break it in first.

    Then get small amounts of various kinds, then take it to the range and test it. And by "test," I mean take notes. Because otherwise you may have trouble remembering which brand hiccupped in which gun (though hopefully it'll all feed well in every gun). Printed paper targets often have a place to fill in information, but even without anything provided, you can still write pertinent information like the gun you used, distance, ammo (brand, grain weight, etc.). Then you can take the targets home and compare them at your leisure if you like. Personally, I have taken to photographing the targets (use a Sharpie and write big) so I don't need to carry the targets home.

    You'll also want to compare point of aim vs. point of impact between self-defense and practice loads. It'll be nice to be able to practice with target rounds that will hit the same place as your defense rounds.

    What a great excuse to shoot a lot of rounds through some fine guns! :D
     
  9. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    I really like the federal champion for plinking, it's a little dirty but runs well.
     
  10. GirlsOfFire

    GirlsOfFire New Member

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    Wow, thanks folks for all of the great suggestions!
     
  11. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Good info utf +1


    GOF, for your new gun test (to determine if it should go back to STI to be made right) there is no better, IMHO, than the ubiquitous WWB. Best new gun test ammo I have found! It's a gud 'ole WallyWorld staple.

    [​IMG]

    It's reliable and clean compared to most range ammo and the brass is of good quality for reload or trade.

    If you don't have an established new gun check-out procedure I'd like to suggest the - Break-in is a criminal activity or Noob mis-speak.

    Works well for this old codger. [​IMG]





    For PD ammo I'd look at this Buffalo Bore offering to see if it runs well in your new purchase. (after you're sure there are no issues with the new STI)

    .45 ACP +P BUFFALO-BARNES Low Flash Pistol and Handgun Ammo

    Another round I run in my Colt Defender is;

    .45 Auto+P 230 gr HP XTP TAP FPD

    If you don't want +P ammo this Hornaday works well;

    .45 Auto 185 gr FTX Critical Defense
     
  12. GirlsOfFire

    GirlsOfFire New Member

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    Thank you very much utf for your detailed reply. Lots of good stuff in there, much of which is very much like what I normally do. I very much appreciate your response.
     
  13. GirlsOfFire

    GirlsOfFire New Member

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    Canebrake, thank you for the awesome advice. I did go check out the posting that you linked to and very much agree with what you wrote. While I am certainly not new to the gun world and shoot quite regularly (all ammo donations gladly accepted), this is MY first 1911. So, I guess I can say that I'm a noob...lol...been a LONG time since I could say I was a noob about...well...anything! Hopefully though, that saying about not being able to teach old dogs new tricks really isn't entirely true. Always looking to and willing to learn. I normally do throw several hundred rounds through a new gun to test it and I was certainly expecting that this one may take a few extra...so...I will check back after the weekend and let you know the results. Thanks ever so much for taking the time and putting so much thought into your response. Much appreciated.