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Old August 23, 2014, 12:53 PM   #26
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My HK 45 eats all jacketed ammo, but the rifling won't work for you.

Personally, I won't shoot other people's reloads, no matter who they come from.
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Old August 23, 2014, 01:53 PM   #27
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My Star M45 Firestar eats anything.
I keep telling myself I'm going to sell it.
Then, I take it shooting and remember why I keep it.
If you have a.45 ACP Ruger BH, you already have a perfect "remote control drill" (totally stole that term from Massad Ayoob) for shooting the .45 ammo.

My Ruger SR9 has been boringly reliable.

A 3rd Gen Smith auto in 9mm and/or .45 is always a great choice, as is a Ruger P series.
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Old August 23, 2014, 02:13 PM   #28
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Get a glock. If you are worried about the barrel rifling, get an aftermarket barrel.
So your solution is to spend $400-$600 on a used/new Glock in addition to a $250 aftermarket barrel to shoot reloads? Doesn't sound very economical.

Get something older. I had a Ruger P94 a few years back and was a very reliable firearm. Even fired reloads I bought at a gun show and didn't know any better.
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Old August 23, 2014, 02:25 PM   #29
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Only gun that came to mind is older Ruger P series as well.
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Old August 23, 2014, 03:10 PM   #30
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...checked the specs on some of the cartridges and they are borderline ...
Pull the barrels from the guns and start doing "plunk" tests. A good round should drop completely into the chamber with an slight "plunk" sound and then fall freely out when the barrel is inverted. If you hear the "plunk", press on the round and see if it will still drop freely out. If you don't hear the round click fully into the chamber you should suspect it's not right for that chamber.

All chambers are different and what passes the test in one chamber might not pass in another.
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Old August 23, 2014, 03:11 PM   #31
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Get a glock. If you are worried about the barrel rifling, get an aftermarket barrel.
So your solution is to spend $400-$600 on a used/new Glock in addition to a $250
$250?

You can get a Lone Wolf aftermarket barrel for around $100 - http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSe...e+Wolf+barrels
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Old August 23, 2014, 04:18 PM   #32
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My Ruger P345 eats some 20 year old cast lead reloads my dad left and everything else I ever fed through it.
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Old August 23, 2014, 04:25 PM   #33
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Ruger P95... 1000s of rounds from brown bear and other dirty Russian steel to factory new brass. Fast and slow fire. Not one jam or FTE of FTF. Eats hollow point defense rounds too. Get one before they are discontinued. And if you prefer no polymer, find a P89
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Old August 23, 2014, 04:27 PM   #34
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+1 on the P-series!
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Old August 23, 2014, 05:12 PM   #35
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High Point. If you want retro-cool too, find an H&K VP70. I wish they'd made 'em in 45.
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Old August 23, 2014, 06:32 PM   #36
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While all my semi autos have been ultra reliable, I suspect my four Makarovs (E.G, Bulgie, Russian Commercial) will never hiccup on anything.
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Old August 23, 2014, 10:15 PM   #37
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Ruger P95...Get one before they are discontinued.
Well, we're a day late and a dollar short on that. fortunately it was only DCed not long ago so they can still be had NIB without too much looking.
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Old August 23, 2014, 10:16 PM   #38
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One of the big points, the magazine writer added was how the new S&W models could cycle(feed) empty cases.
My 1991A1 does that. Surprised the heck outta me when I first tried it.
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Old August 23, 2014, 10:44 PM   #39
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Thanks for all the posts, guys.

It seems the consensus (at least for a pistol that I can afford) is the Ruger P-series, S&W 3rd generation, or even a hi point. I wish I could afford an HK or Sig or Colt 1991a1 at this point...

Anyone trying to sell some used firearms?
Anyone have any luck with the XD .45 service or SR45 with nasty ammo?
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Old August 23, 2014, 10:50 PM   #40
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Forget the XD45 service. You have to experiment around to get it to fire SWC's I've been told. I know, I have one of the first 1000 they made of them. Never could get it to run with SWC's. Only thing it ever gets fed is ball ammo, when I do unpack it out of the safe, been 5 years now since it came out.

Like I said earlier S&W 4506 feeds anything. Hi Point 45 I own is unbelievably accurate.
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Old August 23, 2014, 10:55 PM   #41
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Sounds like you're looking for a weapon to abuse just because you have this "free" ammo. It isn't free if you have to buy a particular firearm in which to shoot it and then commence to beat up that firearm.

Analogous to this would be if your Grandfather had given you a bunch of old/drain oil or gas and you needed to go out and buy a crummy old pickup truck that doesn't care about fuel/lubricant quality.

Pull the components apart, save what you can identify and drive on.

I just finally started shooting (and stopped) a pile of .38 wadcutter that came my way on the cheap. It was so gawd-awful that I figured free was too expensive and salted it away again till I feel like dealing with it.
Yes, If I had the surplus amount of gasoline as I do ammo, I would be looking for a rugged vehicle to run. I would have no problem running awful, lacquered gas through a beater 1980's pickup... but that doesn't mean I would run it through one of my Jeeps
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Old August 23, 2014, 11:08 PM   #42
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Ruger P90.
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Old August 23, 2014, 11:30 PM   #43
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I have a S&W 645 that will eat anything I have fed it--even empty sized cases. I also vote for the S&W 5906 or the Ruger P89 in a 9MM, both of these have also eaten anything I tried in them including empty cases. All of mine are SS but the blued models are the same as far as I know. I also have a Hi Point C9 that I tried to make choke by shooting all my crap ammo through it and NEVER cleaning it yet as an experiment. 4 years heavy use so far and it still shoots like a champ. I would recommend any of the above for reliability with a large variety of ammo within reason of course.
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Old August 23, 2014, 11:41 PM   #44
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My Walther P99AS has eaten absolutely everything I have fed it.
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Old August 24, 2014, 08:50 AM   #45
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Another vote for S&W 3rd gens. There's a picture of a 5906 next to the word "reliable" in the dictionary.
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Old August 24, 2014, 09:02 AM   #46
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S&w 645.
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Old August 24, 2014, 09:18 AM   #47
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S&w 4506 or sig p220
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Old August 24, 2014, 10:32 AM   #48
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Centerfire Pistols

Guns of mine that have never ever choked on anything, never a failure of any kind?? Not even a magazine issue? Not even my hitting a safety or slide stop to cause a malf?

G17
G26
G23
G21
G19
Sig 220
M&P45
XDM40
XD9
SA Loaded
SA1911 Mil-spec
LCP
P32
CZ40B
CZ P01
CZ 75B Compact
CZ75B
S&W SC Commander
M&P9

Guns of mine that eat anything but easy to cause a malf? Locking open with ammo in the mag, Slide not holding open

Sig 226
Sig 239
CW9
CZ75B SA
Kimber Ultra Carry II

Guns of mine that failed me, broke stuff, needed warranty work

P11
P345
Kimber Ultra Carry II
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Old August 24, 2014, 10:35 AM   #49
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Anyone have any luck with the XD .45 service ... with nasty ammo?
Forget the XD45 service ... Never could get it to run with SWC's.
XD45 had a flat slide rib that did not push down on the top round in the magazine enough so the extracting case rim would hit the shoulder of the SWC bullet - resulting in jams.

This issue was corrected in the XDM45 models which have deeper protruding slide rib so the top round in the magazine is pushed down enough for the extracting case rim to clear the SWC shoulder.

If you are looking for SWC reload friendly pistols, as I posted in post #23 M&P45, RIA 1911 and PT145 are all SWC friendly - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthrea...09#post9589809
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Old August 24, 2014, 10:54 AM   #50
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I'd try a Lee Carbide Factory Crimp Die before I bought a new gun (and which of the many mentioned here?) to shoot up Gramp's reloads.
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