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Colt Defender Lightweight Ammo

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Cowboybootnut, May 22, 2008.

  1. Cowboybootnut

    Cowboybootnut Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    North of Dallas
    About a year ago I bought a Colt Defender Series 90 Lightweight from a good buddy of mine (slightly used). He did not have the manual for it, but he recommended that I shoot ammo with less than 200 grain bullets. So far, I have stayed with 185 gr JHP, and 185 gr LSWC. My indoor range does not allow using lead, so I am shooting the expensive 185 gr. JHP at the range that I have bought at Wal Mart or Bass Pro. This hinders the amount of shooting I would like to do, without having to reload ammo.

    1. How harmful - wear and tear wise - is it to shoot perhaps 200-250 rounds of 230 gr FMJ per year in it? I have used the Search feature with no luck.

    2. Where can I get an owner's manual for it?

    I love the Defender, I CC it sometimes, but I would like to practice more.

    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Elder

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    You might need a new recoil spring in about five years, at that rate. ;)

    It is inconceivable that the original loading of the cartridge that it was designed for is going to cause any premature wear. I would also speculate that your friend is not concerned about wear, but more about things like bullet velocity/performance in the short barrel, point of impact, etc.
  3. Tom Fury

    Tom Fury Active Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    Lexington, Ky USA
    +1 on above

    Lighter weight ammo specifically designed to address loss of muzzle velocity in shorter guns; actually a little hotter than 230; wear & tear is not the issue. Suggest Cor Bon 165 grain. Colt was aware of this (165) when they put out the Defender; ammo companies were aware of the Defender when they put it out.
    Cheers, TF

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