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Old 04-04-2020, 02:36 PM
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Good affordable gun that eats semi wadcutters?

I know this is the reloading section but could any of you suggest an affordable 45ACP that eats 185-200grain semi wadcutters out of the box? No ramp work or barrel throating?

Thanks in advance! Everyone stay safe& healthy.
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:06 PM
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Don't know what affordable is defined as but most should feed without issue. My Colt XSE has no problems with them. My friends Colt GI model that is pretty rough eats them with no issues.
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:24 PM
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:49 PM
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Yep, belongs here in the General Discussion sub-forum.
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:16 PM
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My vote is for RIA 1911. Probably eat anything out of the box. If not, easy to make it feed wadcutters. I have an older ATI that ate wadcutters and almost any JHP. $275 used.

The barrel fit on recent RIA 1911 seems quite good for a $400 gun. YMMV
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:29 PM
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Any 1911 worth owning should eat 200 gr SWC's right out of the box. Right down to a bottom dollar Tisas or American Arms Classic or an RIA. If a 1911 won't feed that ammo....it's got problems.

EDIT. You got a price range??? One man's $5000 is another man's $500.
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:57 PM
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At the $400 price range, I am inclined to buy new. I have purchased used inexpensive 1911 pistols “as new” in gun shops. My observation is that 1 out of 2 of these “as new” had troubles. Usually very minor. Probably only saw a box or two of ammo through them. But they often had FTF or FTE, or FTRB. If you know the history of the gun, or the shop has a range, you are golden. I respectfully believe that the 1911 is an engineering masterpiece. And that you may find some great guns that need just a teeny bit bit of attention at a discount. Provided that someone didn’t take a Dremel tool to the feed ramp. And you may find it satisfying to get the 1911 to be phenomenally reliable.
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:02 PM
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My vote is for RIA 1911. Probably eat anything out of the box. If not, easy to make it feed wadcutters. I have an older ATI that ate wadcutters and almost any JHP. $275 used.

The barrel fit on recent RIA 1911 seems quite good for a $400 gun. YMMV
Great idea thanks
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:08 PM
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I know this is the reloading section but could any of you suggest an affordable 45ACP that eats 185-200grain semi wadcutters out of the box? No ramp work or barrel throating?

Thanks in advance! Everyone stay safe& healthy.
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:09 PM
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They should all work with that ammo
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:10 PM
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My Springfield Armory Range Officer ate 185 gr wadcutters without any problem. I used it for bullseye matches and shot a ton of them.
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:19 PM
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My Springfield XDM 5.25 has been flawless and shockingly accurate.
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:32 PM
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Old 04-04-2020, 06:11 PM
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Look at the chamber "mouth" just above the feed ramp. If the area around the bottom has a "flared" appearance you are "good to go" if done properly. The extra wide opening allows for smoother entrance of the LSWC!

Google: "1911 throated chamber for LSWC"

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Old 04-04-2020, 07:50 PM
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:53 PM
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Another vote for RIA. Mine feeds everything including empty cases.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:00 PM
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Lead 200gr SWC's are as reliable as ball ammo, they are ONLY maligned because they are improperly seated by most handloaders. I have the following 100% stock 1911's and ALL digest my 200gr SWC's with 100% reliabilty. Colt Comp Series '70, SA LW Loaded Oper, SA TRP Oper. I ONLY load Lead 200gr SWC these days, as their accuracy is unrivaled in my guns.
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Old 04-04-2020, 09:28 PM
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If we were living in a world with only GI guns, with GI barrels. Your options would be limited to practically nothing.

Since we are not, and most guns will come from the factory with throated barrels. Most any gun on the market should feed properly loaded wadcutters. I can tell you the Colts, Springfields, and Kimbers I've run across, have all few 200 grain semi wadcutters just fine. Not every gun will like the short button nosed 185 grain bullets however.
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Old 04-04-2020, 10:09 PM
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200 grain wadcutters are 100 percent reliable in my RIA, SR1911, S and W, Remington R1 and Colt 1991.
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Old 04-05-2020, 04:56 AM
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I've had 5 Kimbers that would shoot anything you loaded.
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Old 04-05-2020, 07:00 AM
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Lead 200gr SWC's are as reliable as ball ammo, they are ONLY maligned because they are improperly seated by most handloaders. I have the following 100% stock 1911's and ALL digest my 200gr SWC's with 100% reliabilty. Colt Comp Series '70, SA LW Loaded Oper, SA TRP Oper. I ONLY load Lead 200gr SWC these days, as their accuracy is unrivaled in my guns.
This right here, I chased feeding problems for quite a while after building my 1911. Since it was my first build, the problem HAD to be me, well it was just not with the build. I load my own ammo, took too long to learn how important the crimp is regarding feeding especially with a 'match' barrel, (I'm such a great shot don't ya know, I HAD to have one when I ordered the build parts).
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Old 04-05-2020, 08:07 AM
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NO I'n not a big deal 1911 guy but had ole copy licensed argentine modelo 1927 , colt officers in "88 , ria 5" 1911 and now a lw commander WC 45 that all run fine with 200gr swc and a Kimber ultra that runs well with 124gr swc . The 3 later 1911 will chamber sized empty brass too .

Forgot the kahr ct45 that came after I sold the ria . Only problems is lite loads may not cycle well do to heavy recoil springs . I had a few 200 gr 740fps still around, loads my young grandson shot some years ago . In the kahr the brass flipped back and hit my chest on the right side and fell at my feet .

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Old 04-05-2020, 08:19 AM
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First let me say my Kimbers all had trouble with JHPs. That said both my Kimbers I used for competition, Raptor and Eclipse had no trouble with 185 wadcutters. Neither of my Sig 1911's had any issues either. I fellow bullseye shooter who was really good used them in his Les Baer.
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Old 04-05-2020, 10:01 AM
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200 gr lswc works great in my Les Baer Premier 2, leaves nice round holes in the target

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Old 04-05-2020, 10:54 AM
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