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Newbie 10mm 1911 owner question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 2dswamp, Oct 22, 2013.

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  1. 2dswamp

    2dswamp Member

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    I am soon to be the proud owner of my first 1911 in 10mm. My question is...where do you other 10mm auto folks recommend I purchase ammunition?

    I do not reload...so I will need to purchase factory ammo.

    So where can ya'll point me?
     
  2. Dakotared

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    I am no help as where to find factory ammo as I reload.

    If you are going to want to shoot much at all you will start to reload. To buy a box of 10mm you will pay close to $50 of cheep stuff. I load my 10mm for less than $5 a box. As you can see you will pay off the cost of equipment quite fast.
     
  3. jmr40

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    www.georgia-arms.com

    They make high quality ammo at fair prices. I live close enough to drive straight to the factory and they are always at N. Georgia gunshows. They may be out right now with things being crazy, but they are starting to ship sooner than a few months ago. They always seem to have enough to stock gunshows even though they show they are out on their website.

    100 rounds of practice ammo for $43.50 is cheaper than 45 in most places.

    http://georgia-arms.com/new10mm180grfullmetaljacket100pk.aspx

    The Ga Arms ammo is not the hottest loads availale, but 180 gr @ 1100fps isn't bad for practice ammo. If you want some really hot stuff I have used some of the Double Tap 200 gr hardcast. It chronographs 1315 fps from my G-20.
     
  4. wally

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    AIM often has Privi PPU for ~$20/50, less when on sale, but people say its loaded wimpy.

    Main issue with 10mm is finding your brass after shooting, 30+ ft is not uncommon! Where I usually shoot 10mm brass ends up in the brier patch, unobtainable, so I usually shoot CCI aluminum Blazer which last I saw any was about $26/50.
     
  5. tommy.duncan

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    I have a 1911 in 10mm, welcome to the family. I usually get my ammo at Gander Mountain. They are close and have the best prices for 10mm. I buy some cheap 10mm at the range where I practice.

    The reloading is a good idea, remember to get ammo with brass cases. I picked up some 10mm ammo with aluminum and steel cases. These are not reloadable.

    Congratulations and Good Luck
     
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    Swamp can I ask what maker? Of the 1911
     
  8. tarosean

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    May I ask why you went with 10mm then??

    All the cheap stuff will be the equivalent or less than 40SW.
    You want real 10mm ballistics you will pay around a buck a round + for store bought. Cor-Bon, DoubleTap, Buffalo Bore can be picked up at Midway or Brownells.
     
  9. MachIVshooter

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    Online is going to be your best bet. Sometimes local stores have reasonably priced 10mm, but you're not gonna find it in wally world value packs. It's been gaining popularity the last few years, but is still nowhere near 9mm/.40/.45 in sales.

    Which is fine for range use.

    My plinking/range loads are between .40 and full power 10mm. No reason to beat on the gun and shorten brass life for poking holes in beer cans or paper.

    My defense loads, on the other hand, slightly exceed what is offered by DT and BB. Swampfox loads closely approximated mine when he was still in business. A 180 @ 1,400 is my chosen bad guy stopper.
     
  10. ATLDave

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    I reload, but started shooting 10mm before I did. I can second Georgia Arms as a good source of mid-range ammo. And, in case you ever get into reloading, they use Starline brass, which is great stuff - so save it. Or send it to me!

    I used to find good deals on Prvi/Partisan/PPU ammo from Palmetto State Armory. That's very downloaded stuff, less than max .40S&W, if the chrono results I've seen posted are to be believed. That said, it's great stuff for pleasant shooting that won't put much wear and tear on the gun... and it always fed very reliably for me.

    I started rolling my own before I tried it, but I read good things about Underwood for full-throttle 10mm. And, at least last time I looked, he was charging for 50 rounds what DT or BB were charging for 20 or 25. So when you're ready to kick the snot out of yourself and your gun, that may be the way to go.

    Hope that helps. BTW, 10mm is a great cartridge to learn to reload.
     
  11. Bush Pilot

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    Who makes 10mm with steel cases? I haven't come across those little gems yet.
     
  12. Stacer

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    I also just bought a 10mm 1911, and I have to say it's the best shooting semi auto I have. I have to say that reloading is where it's at for this caliber. I can reload 10mm for the same, or cheaper, than 40.
     
  13. hentown

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    I don't buy commercial ammo, but I also would recommend GA Arms and Ammo.
     
  14. 2dswamp

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    Thanks for all the great advice, it's much appreciated. I'm familiar with Georgia Arms and have purchased from them several times...guess I'll be ordering my practice ammo from them and looking to Buff Bore or DBL Tap for my defensive rounds.

    To answer two questions that were posed to me:

    Horsemen61, it's a RIA Tactical II w/VZ Grips

    tarosean asked why I went with 10mm if I don't reload? Because I wanted it.

    Thanks again for all of the good feedback...I'm looking forward to being in the 10mm club.
     
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    I usually buy mine from sites like this or gun shows.
     
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    To enjoy the full potential of the caliber, you'll need to start reloading. Start socking away a little money each week to go towards a reloading setup. Nothing super expensive. A Lee Classic Turret press, auto disc powder measurer, and die set is just the ticket to get you started. Save your brass from your commercial purchases to use toward a future reloading setup.

    I used to only shoot factory ammo. But there's a reason everyone recommends reloading. You really need to be a reloader to enjoy the 10mm to the fullest.
     
  17. PabloJ

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    The least expensive ammo you're likely to find is PPU which in power is equal to standard 185gr .45ACP load. For good defensive load there is Winchester Silvertip which they load to .41mag offering Hornady also offers decent ammo in this caliber.

    I like 10x25 a lot matter of fact I'm buying huge & heavy stainless S&W pistol with frame mounted de-cocker to add to my Glocks.
     
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    Not sure where you are getting your stats, but I shoot plenty of full-power 10mm loads that eclipse the 40SW all day long...for around .55 cents a round. Even the 180 grain PPU 10mm I shoot for target ammo is about 100 fps faster than 180 grain federal loads for a 40SW. My local gun store carries 10mm PPU for around 28.00 a box. Underwood FMJ is even cheaper, and a serious performer. My gunstore carries BB, but after shooting it in the past, I've realized it is just overpriced handloads in fancy boxes compared to underwood loads and prices.

     
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  20. tarosean

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    ^ No Im talking about PPU, UMC, Blazer, etc. The commonly found ones in a LGS...

    Well aware that there are other options out there.
     
  21. zeke4351

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    Underwood has full power 10mm ammo at great prices. I buy all of my ammo from them when it is in stock. Their ammo lives up to what is stated on the box and not watered down like so many others. If I was going to only shoot 180 grain at 1150 fps I would stick to .40 and not bought a 10mm. Huge difference in 180 grain at 1300 fps.
     
  22. kjwagner

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    Love your answer to why 10mm - you wanted it! That's all the justification a shooter needs.
     
  23. orionengnr

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    Welcome to the club.
    The 10mm is a fascinating round.
    Whether or not the 1911 and the 10mm is a match made in Heaven...well, there are differing opinions on that.

    However, I think most will agree that the 10mm and handloading are a match made in Heaven.

    That said, I am also a fan of the .41 Mag and .45LC, so I am somewhat pre-disposed towards cartridges that reward the handloader... :)
     
  24. Tejicano Loco

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    Long time 10mm and 41 Mag shooter here. Both are best when re-loaded.

    The 10mm is a really great round and I really wonder why there aren't more guns made in this caliber. Well, I know why - too many people think it has too much recoil.

    I have a couple EAA Witnesses in this caliber and a Glock M20. I just bought an early Para-Ordnance which I will be converting to 10mm. All the goodness of a 1911 run on 16 round magazines.
     
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