What is a good .45 ACP target round?


August 17, 2007, 08:11 PM
I have an XD .45 service model, that I currently use winchester 230 grain. That round is a very dirty round, but not as dirty as American Eagle or as I call it CRAP! So what do you guys recomend to use that wonk break the bank? I shoot about once every other week.

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August 17, 2007, 08:37 PM
I shoot Blazer ammo and have never had an issue with their ammo. No jams, etc...

August 17, 2007, 08:43 PM
Thanks I'll try that.

August 17, 2007, 09:50 PM
I just revcieved an order of 230 grain FMJ .45 from georgia-arms.com last week, and they've been the cleanest I've shot out of my 1911 so far. I usually shoot WWB, Remmie Green Box, or whatever's cheapest at the shop at the time I go shoot. Might do ya good to check 'em out. Not too bad on price either.

**I have NO affiliation with GA whatsoever, I'm just a satisfied customer**

August 17, 2007, 11:39 PM
Quit whining, clean your pistol!

Not to be snide, but you oughta clean your pistol after every trip to the range. I own a bunch of handguns, some of which are carried regularly, others shot intermitentlly, both of which suggest regular maintenance for different reasons.

Cleanliness is next to, um, JMB/godliness/whatever, neatness counts, and reliability is paramount. "Take care of your gear, and your gear will take care of you" (Sgt. Rock), any questions?? JMNSHO

August 18, 2007, 12:10 PM
XLMiguel - Where does it say that the OP doesn't clean his pistols after every range visit? I must have missed that part.

I think the point of the OP mentioning that the ammo he shoots is dirty, is because it's unpleasant to shoot ammo that leaves a cloud of smoke around you, or throws little black specks all over your arms and shooting area. I know it bugs me when I shoot dirty ammo at the indoor range I use. All the ventilation in the world won't whisk all that away.

And if the OP meant that it leaves his guns dirty, what's wrong with trying to find some ammo that leaves 'em a little less dirty, so when he breaks down his guns for cleaning he's not dealing with a filthy pistol EVERY time?

August 18, 2007, 12:15 PM
Try a 200gr LSWC with 5.5gr of Win 231 and a CCI primer. If you do not reload see if one of your friends will make you a batch of these. Regards, Richard:D

August 18, 2007, 12:37 PM
I started reloading with berry's plated bullets because i couldn't find a cheap commercial load i liked. the inexpensive stuff tends to be dirty and i had too many misfires with that american eagle junk...

August 18, 2007, 12:40 PM
Magtech Ammo is good, dependable, and clean.

August 18, 2007, 10:28 PM
Thanks for your input all, and XLMiguel I do clean my weapon before and after everytime I go to the range. I keep all my guns spotless. Like kingpin 008 said, I hate being speckeled with pouder. Also rounds that naturaly fire dirty are not as dependable, and tend to jam easy. I'll try some of all your sugestions thanks.

August 18, 2007, 11:24 PM
I have been shooting 230 grain Seller and Bellot though my Kimber Custom I.
The ammo was purchased a few years ago in a large amount for 7.99 a box.
I have had zero problems with it but saddly I am finally running low and it is
12.99 a box now.:mad:

August 18, 2007, 11:41 PM
I've found that Blazer Brass is cleaner than WWB but not terribly so. I still get the black speck blowback on my arms and shirt while shooting it. That being said it's about the only factory FMJ I buy these days.

UMC is OK but I've had failure to fire problems with a couple of lots of their ammo. According to one of my dealers their QC isn't what it used to be and they tend to store their ammo in leaky warehouses where moisture creates problems. Again this is according to him. What I can tell you is that I had 10 duds out of 300 rounds of the UMC Green box stuff before I finally gave up on it.

Lately I've been reloading and my 5.3 gr Win 231 230gr load is pretty darn clean ;)

August 18, 2007, 11:51 PM
Just out of curiosity - is that black speck stuff unburnt powder, or carbon fouling from burnt powder? I'm just curious to know what I'm washing off my hands/arms after some of my trips to the range.

August 19, 2007, 12:18 AM
Win Clean or Remington. I prefer the Rem over the Win.

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