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.45 ball ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by rgw543, Dec 2, 2007.

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  1. rgw543

    rgw543 Member

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    P220 carry coming home soon just curious anyone use .45 ball ammo in your carry weapon?
     
  2. Setzer77

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    I do. Right now it's WWB, but I prefer Federal AE.
     
  3. mljdeckard

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    I don't, BUT,

    If I had the option to carry a 1911 while at war, (and I haven't entirely given up on the idea,) I would use FMJ. I have no real gripe with any round 9mm or bigger AS LONG AS PREMIUM JHP AMMO IS USED. When I frequently remind people that the 1911 has probably saved more soldiers' lives than any other handgun, I also remind them that most of them were using 230 gr ball ammo. Is a premium hollow-point better? Of course. But if you (for one reason or another) can't or won't use hollow-points, .45 is the best choice.
     
  4. O.S.O.K.

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    pretty hard to argue

    with almost 100 years of success.

    The fmj 45ACP gives you stopping power AND penetration. Something that most other rounds can't claim.
     
  5. jimmyraythomason

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    I use 230gr ball in my .45 Ruger KP90. I HAVE several boxes of Golden Sabres, 180gr Federal Premium,Black Hills and others I can't recall at this moment. These rounds just take up space in my ammo cabinet. I use ball ammo exclusively.
     
  6. Constantine-p89

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    Nice, the ball ammo is a bit cheaper.
     
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    for practice, high volume shooting and training purposes yes i use ball or fmj ammo, for carry i use various jhp rds.
     
  8. Mad Magyar

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    It sure beats those that load up their carry weapon with exotic JHP's; but never fire any of the rds in practice due to it's high cost...
    Talk about carrying a "paper-weight", if you are going to carry; make sure you do some practice with it for reliability purposes....:)
     
  9. Still 2 Many Choices!?

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    It(fmj) is all I carry and shoot in my 1911. I figure that's the way J.M. Browning intended it. I do keep some jhp around, I simply don't usually load them in my primary mag. Now in my Glock, that is a different story.

    Still 2 Many Choices!?
     
  10. 351 WINCHESTER

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    For practice I use ball. For anything else I prefer any decent h/p. That said, I wouldn't feel undergunned if I had to carry ball.
     
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    I generally have my Kimber loaded with Hydra shoks but I have been known to keep it loaded with good old hardball.
     
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    Due to price I have not shot tons of different JHPs, particularly premium ones, through my Sig 220, but I have run some Federal and Hornady hollow point ammo through it without any problems. Good JHP usually trumps FMJ, and .45 isn't a magical exception in that respect.
     
  13. Steve C

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    Ball ammo will certainly work and no one would suggest that you'd be unarmed using it but HP ammo is about 40 to 50% more effective. For me the little extra money you have to pay for a box of carry ammo is worth it. Practice with ball and load the magazine with the better JHP's when the gun's on standby duty for self defense.
     
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    I carry 230gr FMJ in the winter. Heavy winter clothing up here. Penetration is a big issue in my opinion.
     
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    "They all fall to hardball." I didn't make it up and I don't know if it's true, but I've seen it many times in similar threads.
     
  17. wally

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    Where you place the bullet on the target has far more influence on the result than which bullet it was. Adaquate penetration is paramount, as a well place but inadaquately penetrating round will fail as sure as a poorly placed high penetrator will.

    Remember, in a fight the hands and arms go up reflexively, so you are likely going to need to penetrate more than just heavy clothes.

    --wally.
     
  18. HM2PAC

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    Good point Wally. Just more reason for me to carry FMJ.
     
  19. Hokkmike

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    Not to hijack the thread but don't you think that .40 S & W FMJ would be just as efficatious?
     
  20. Mad Magyar

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    You did and it's too early in the morning to locate my dictionary....;)
     
  21. Still 2 Many Choices!?

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    efficacious: having the power to produce a desired effect.
    Ps- it took google 0.05 seconds to come up with a result. Your web browser is your friend:).
     
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