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This is a subject I thought I understood all to well.
Fact #1 the 1911 pistol will only feed 100% with the round nose bullet.
This of course is the facts as I have experienced them.

Well that's true of my Colt 1911s anyway. If this were true I told myself.
Then why is the universe filled with all manor of Flat nose, Soft point,
and Hollow Point loads for the 1911?

Now you will notice I did not ask about feeding & the 45acp. That is because
in the Pistols I have chambered for the 45acp like my Star Firestar & my Sig P250.
With these one piece feed ramp pistols they will feed any bullet at all.

So with that said. What has been your experience with loads using bullets other
than the round nose bullet. I am most interested in experience with loads for
carry when it just must feed our you could die.
 

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My Kimber Aegis Elite Custom feeds hollow points just fine. I've tested Remmington Golden Sabre and Federal HST.
 
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Other than the 2 piece feed ramp. Are there other factors affecting feeding of lets say hollow points?
 

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This is a subject I thought I understood all to well.
Fact #1 the 1911 pistol will only feed 100% with the round nose bullet.
This of course is the facts as I have experienced them.

Well that's true of my Colt 1911s anyway. If this were true I told myself.
Then why is the universe filled with all manor of Flat nose, Soft point,
and Hollow Point loads for the 1911?

Now you will notice I did not ask about feeding & the 45acp. That is because
in the Pistols I have chambered for the 45acp like my Star Firestar & my Sig P250.
With these one piece feed ramp pistols they will feed any bullet at all.

So with that said. What has been your experience with loads using bullets other
than the round nose bullet. I am most interested in experience with loads for
carry when it just must feed our you could die.
My Para ( yes, strike one already) won’t feed JHP but eats flat nose and ball rounds easily enough. It has a ramped match barrel but the JHPs hang up on stripping from the mag...I just avoid them altogether now...


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Mikey by flat nose do you mean like jacketed Simiwadcutters. I have seen 200gr semi wadcutters for target use.
 

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My '78 Combat Commander only works with Ball and Golden Sabers, unmodified factory barrel
The Colt's Wiley Clapp Government feeds Ball, Gold Dots, Golden Sabers, HST's, Ranger T's etc
My Baer TRS and Stinger eat everything on their plates
 

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I shoot and load SWC , RNFP , JHP . No problems . Factory Winchester JHP functions 100 % also . I shoot all these out of Wilsons , Sigs , and Kimbers .
 

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So far I am beginning to see that Colts have issues with bullets other than Round nose.
Well this has been my experience the hollow points will work a little then bam hang up with a FTF.
 

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All the Baers, Wilsons, GIs, DWs, and Nighthawks that I own will eat HST, Gold Dots, Underwood and SXTs as well as any FMJs I have ever used.
 

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Mikey by flat nose do you mean like jacketed Simiwadcutters. I have seen 200gr semi wadcutters for target use.
No, not JSWs, they look like round nose ball ammo but with the round nose smooshed flat...fully jacketed though


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I have had no issues with hollow points in any of my 1911s including a Colt but my only Colt is a newer 9mm competition.

All the others eat anything and everything. Also I like to buy the 100 round boxes of Remington HP that Walmart sells to test with. They run really well:)
 

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My Wilson 5" guns...in both 9mm and .45acp...have fed every JHP or non- round nose loads I have ever tried -- commercial defensive ammo, etc....

While I have fired most of the name brands of defensive ammo ...I carry Golden Sabre in both 9mm & .45acp ....

I have had 1911's from Ed Brown , Kimber, Colt, Springfield, and Les Baer....the only one that was fussy on ammo was the Les Baer...
 

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A Colt XSE Commander I had shot Federal Hydra Shok and HST without issue as does my Special Combat Government which I shall not part with on this side of the grave.
 

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This is a subject I thought I understood all to well.
Fact #1 the 1911 pistol will only feed 100% with the round nose bullet.
This of course is the facts as I have experienced them.

Well that's true of my Colt 1911s anyway. If this were true I told myself.
Then why is the universe filled with all manor of Flat nose, Soft point,
and Hollow Point loads for the 1911?

Now you will notice I did not ask about feeding & the 45acp. That is because
in the Pistols I have chambered for the 45acp like my Star Firestar & my Sig P250.
With these one piece feed ramp pistols they will feed any bullet at all.

So with that said. What has been your experience with loads using bullets other
than the round nose bullet. I am most interested in experience with loads for
carry when it just must feed our you could die.

Sounds like your pistol needs a bit of barrel work.
Personally, I have no use for a pistol that won’t reliably feed hollow points.
I would like to have the ability to carry any pistol I own, and I won’t carry a pistol using ball ammunition.
 

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Thanks everyone for your great input I learned a lot. I will do some research on how to go
about getting a 1911 to feed different types of bullets reliably.

Thanks again.
Mike
 

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With the breach in full open position and the barrel in lock down resting on top of the feed ramp. Make sure the bottom edge of the barrel is forward of the frame feed ramp by no less than .003 inch and there are no burrs or hard edges for a bullet to hang up on. For positive feeding of HPs I use no less than 18 lb recoil springs in .45 acp or 38 super.
 
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