What bullet design to you shoot the most in your 1911 .45acp..


December 5, 2006, 02:35 PM
Interested to learn what type of bullet type do you shoot the mos of in your 1911 .45acp.

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December 5, 2006, 02:48 PM
None on your list. I prefer 200 grn. RNFPs.

December 5, 2006, 02:54 PM
but I shoot just as much 230 Ball ammo. I just like the 185 and 200 stuff better. Same or better accuracy, easier on the gun and me.

The Bushmaster
December 5, 2006, 03:04 PM
185 grain JHP:) .

December 5, 2006, 03:11 PM
Mostly 230-grain cast ball, migrating to 200-grain RNFP

December 5, 2006, 03:19 PM
1. 230 gr. plated RN from Berry's.
2. 200 gr. plated SWC from Berry's.

December 5, 2006, 03:45 PM
- Berry's 185 Gr. SWC :) :)
- Ranier 200 Gr. SWC :)
- Hornady 200 Gr. FMJ-CT :) :)
- Berry's 200 Gr. HP :) :)
- Berry's 230 Gr. RN :)
- Zero 230 Gr. JHP :)

Have nice loads for these.

Experimenting with Polymer coated bullets.

I shot 225 Gr. TrFP lead for years. Started with Pltd./Jktd about 3 years ago.

December 5, 2006, 04:07 PM
200gr SWC via Precision Bullets. Currently $147 for 2250ct shipped.

December 5, 2006, 05:17 PM
Cast 220-230gr. Truncated cone bullet. I like this shape best for all my 45acp shooting. Hits hard and feeds well. I cast my own and they are about 95% of what I shoot in 45 and similar shapes in 9mm and 44 mag. Works for me.:)

December 6, 2006, 09:14 AM
What mold is that you use to cast those bullets with. I too like the truncated cone but only have sen them in 220 gr bullets.

Take Care


Novus Collectus
December 6, 2006, 09:24 AM
I was shooting 220 or 230 grain lead round nose I was reloading until one day the local gun shop ran out and and only had SWC in stock. I didn't want to try it because I thought it was a revolver bullet and would have feed problems in the 1911, but I needed bullets and so I bought 500 (figured I could use them in my .45 LC if they didn't work out).
Not only did they feed fine, but it was the first time I ever shot SWC and all those times before I shot round nose and I couldn't see the holes in the paper too easy felt like a waste of time. I love the nice big, clean holes SWC leaves and now is my favorite for the 1917 revolver and the 1911A1 (I stick with lead flat nose 230 gr. or heavier for the .45 LC).

December 6, 2006, 10:43 AM
Although I shoot quite a few of both 200gr LSWC and 225 gr LFN bullets, I find in my pistol, a Ruger P97, I like the 230 gr LRN best. Doesn't cut the nice clean holes in paper but for overall use, accuracy, ease of reloading and absolute reliability it works for me. In a pinch I wouldn't hesitate a minute using it for self defence.

December 6, 2006, 12:08 PM
200 gr SWC

highlander 5
December 6, 2006, 12:26 PM
200 gr swc most of the time followed by 220gr both are cast by yours truly

December 6, 2006, 01:19 PM
200 lead SWC

Corey ACP
December 6, 2006, 04:17 PM
200 gr. LSWC 90% of the time

December 6, 2006, 05:44 PM
I cast most of these bullets from a LEE mould and the 230 from a NEI mould that I picked up years ago. I find nearly NO difference in the bullets!!! :)

Rod B
December 6, 2006, 05:53 PM
I use the Lee tumble lube 200gr SWC. I cast this from wheel weight alloy

Rod.:) .

December 6, 2006, 06:01 PM
200 gr. LSWC. 1911 and Sig P220

December 6, 2006, 07:05 PM
230 gr. FMJ RN. One Marlin .45 Camp Carbine, one S&W Model 625 revolver, and three Colt 1911A1 automatics. Ball ammo works in all of them.

December 6, 2006, 07:35 PM
I cast a 200 swc from a magma mould (master caster) I brewed up about 500 this afternoon:) .I also like the 200 gr swc lee tumble lube bullet.I haven't bought a cast bullet in about 30 years:D :D

December 6, 2006, 09:52 PM
Hi Bob,
200 gr H&G #68 SWC bullets exclusively, cast by me when I can get old wheelweights. Neither of my two Wilson pistols have ever fired anything else. Wilson even tested both pistols with handloads using this same bullet.

Good shooting and be safe.

December 6, 2006, 11:23 PM
Another vote for 200gr. LSWC, but 230gr ball is a very close 2nd.

December 7, 2006, 04:23 AM
I used to shoot tons of 200 gr LSWC's but after buying the XD (which doesn't like them) I've been shooting tons of 200 gr Plated Hollow Points. (all of my guns seem to like them)

December 7, 2006, 04:30 AM
stick with Hornady 230gr XTP JHP almost exclusivley. If you can find ballistics report I am sure more people would consider the change.

December 7, 2006, 08:13 AM
Till getting into HK USP's I had shot untold #'s of 200gr LWSC mainly the HG #68 design from commercial casters. I have tried 230gr RNL too for 1911 platforms and 625's just for speedy reloads with full moon clips.

December 7, 2006, 10:45 AM
Also 200grn. LSWC

Nice clean holes.


December 7, 2006, 02:37 PM
200 gr. SWC.

Oregon Trail or Penn

December 7, 2006, 02:53 PM
The 185 grain Taurus Hex. I bought 6 boxes when I could and will experiment with Corbon DPX.

December 7, 2006, 07:57 PM
I shoot homecast 200gr SWC and 230gr LTC bullets in my kimber.

Chuck R.
December 7, 2006, 08:16 PM
200 LSWC, this year I shot a little over 9K of them. These were mostly commercial since I couldn't keep up with casting.


December 8, 2006, 11:09 AM
i'm with Bronson7,,,, 200 gr.RNFP


Black Snowman
December 10, 2006, 02:58 PM
So far I've shot the most of 185 gr Mag-Tech Guardian Gold JHPs. They've just been the most accurate so far. Plus the huge hollowpoint cuts nice holes in the paper. I'm going to try some 230 gr Precision Bullets RNFP and some Berry's 200 gr SWC and see how they do.

December 10, 2006, 03:00 PM
Lee TL cast 200 SWC --- voted "other"

December 10, 2006, 10:11 PM
If you don't cast your own and are looking for quality bullets, I've had great success with the bullets from Midstates Cast Bullets from Kansas. I've shot most of the 38's and especially like the double end wadcutters and the 200 gr. .45's really bring out the best in my .45's for PPC.
The prices on the web site also include shipping and his prices beat most others even when shipped to you. The web site is: http://www.carrollsweb.com/gunshop/html/custom_swaged_bullets.html

December 10, 2006, 10:59 PM
Other -- Rainier 230 gr. LeadSafe Plated RN.

December 11, 2006, 09:14 PM
200GR Lead SWC 80% (In everything but the XD45)
185GR JHP 20% (In the XD45)

I like the XD but it doesn't like SWCs.

December 11, 2006, 09:21 PM
Just a note, the 200 grain Lee TL bullet has a nice rounded nose profile, not a sharp edged shoulder. It will feed in any gun that will feed ball, but I had to seat it out a tad in my AMT Hardballer to get enough OAL. If seated any shorter, I had problems with it, but seated out a little, it fed and didn't interfere with head spacing.

1911s can be a PITA to reload for using SWC bullets. The Lee is one design that does work.

December 13, 2006, 11:05 AM
It would appear from this poll that while we may carry jacketed expanding ammo we tend to practice or at least shooot significantly more ball or LSWC. I would assume price becomes an issue.

Take Care


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