185 grain .45 ammo???

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by BCD 45, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. BCD 45

    BCD 45 Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2019
    Yeah, yeah, I know I said I was through in the beginners corner but I guess not. Do many of you shoot 185 grain .45 ammo in you 1911's? I've got a 1000 Remington FMJ and a full 500 case of 185gr. Reminton Golden Saber HP's, standard pressure and about 300 185 +P's.

    I was wanting to know if the 185's would be easier on aluminum framed models or not? Do 185's function pretty good in 1911's? Any downsides?

    You just don't know unless you ask. Guess I'm still a 1911 Addict dummy. Thanks and all of you have a great safe weekend.

    Jim D
  2. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    Years ago I played around with 185 Grn Lead SWC....They ran fine but as I recall I couldn't make Major PF for IPSC so I used them for practice round....I think I stall have a bunch around here somewhere.


  3. gps man

    gps man Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    I shoot 185 grain Zero SWC HP in competition over 4.0 of Bullseye.

    Very accurate and soft shooting. Cuts a big clean hole in paper.

    I’ve also loaded a lot of Xtreme plated 185 flat points for a practice load over the same Bullseye.

    I have carried 185 grain Gold Dots in my carry guns, but tend to prefer 230 for social work.
  4. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Yes, I have reloaded and shot quite a bit of 185gr JHP ammo ( bullet from Montana Gold ) in .45acp.

    It ran just fine ...in my 1911's. Your alloy frame guns should not care ...as long as you are using the proper recoil springs in them ...whether you are shooting 185gr or 230gr.
  5. theJanitor

    theJanitor Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    I run 185s in my LW cco. I prefer lighter ammo in shorter slides. It was explained to me by Wilson, the lighter ammo stack is easier for the mag spring to manage in shorter slides that have less stroke/time to extract and feed. It made sense to me, so I went with it. My govt length guns get 230 gr HP ammo
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    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
  7. Fatbob Frank

    Fatbob Frank Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Feb 5, 2014
    I liked 185gn HPs in my Defender...
  8. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    I have been using 185 gr fmj or L swc ( from WC) due to my hand surgery and its slow healing.

    the WC Lswc are reloads and shoot great. less recoil than a 230 gr hardball cartridge

    . I have found that lax, remington 185 gr fmj are full power with lighter bullets . they recoil like 230 gr fmj IMHO.
  9. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned

    Oct 31, 2016
    I haven't shot 185 JHPs in 20 years but they seemed to run fine as far as I remember.

    I load about 8000 230 gr. FMJs a year on my Dillion 650 so I like using hollow points of the same weight for POA/POI reasons.
  10. krunchnik

    krunchnik THE CROW Supporting Addict

    Mar 6, 2012
    Yup-Golden Saber 185gr standard pressure in both my carry pistolas-4 inch barrel in the Kimber and 3 inch in a Para Expert Carry
  11. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    If you watch the latest Bill Wilson and Ken Hackathorn ammunition You Tube video you will see that KHs favorite 45 loads are 185 and 200 gr.
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