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Old November 10, 2015, 04:16 PM   #1
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What weight cartridge do you use in your 9mm 1911? I am guessing the heavier 147 gr would be preferred. Just wondering.
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Old November 10, 2015, 04:31 PM   #2
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If its 9mm, I'd use 124 gr. (Gold Dot is a good one.)
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Old November 10, 2015, 04:31 PM   #3
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My colt 1992 doesn't care what grain I use. But generally speaking I mostly run WWB and federal 115 gr. bulk.
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Old November 10, 2015, 04:35 PM   #4
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I use 124gr exlusively in all of my 9mm handguns including the two 9mm chambered 1911's that I have. It works, it's what I am accustomed to using and while some folks have reported phenomenal returns with 147gr bullets, I have never found myself asking for anything more from my 9mm's that my 124gr loads give me, so I can't find a reason to even explore other bullet weights.

Now then... if I were retired AND had a home range... haha, maybe at that point I would take a look at expanding my horizons.
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Old November 10, 2015, 05:15 PM   #5
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Winchester in the WWB has a 9MM NATO 124 grain round that I use in all my 9s. Recoil is noticeably stronger that the 115s. I had. Springfield Range Officer in 9MM that had no trouble with any ammo.
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Old November 10, 2015, 05:23 PM   #6
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I load various jacketed 115gr RN for plinking, 147XTP's for pins, and use Black Hills or Hornady Custom 124gr for Carry.
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Old November 10, 2015, 06:06 PM   #7
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I generally run 115gr in mine, function perfectly and they're accurate.
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Old November 10, 2015, 08:46 PM   #8
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My colt 1992 doesn't care what grain I use. But generally speaking I mostly run WWB and federal 115 gr. bulk
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Same with my RIA FS Tactical.
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Old November 10, 2015, 09:04 PM   #9
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I shoot all different weights in my Springer but for carry I usually run the 124 or the 147 grn ammo. It has not choked on any, I know back when I could get the Winchester 115 grn value packs of 100 for 10.96 from Wally world I ran thousands of that through my Glock 19 with out any problems. Are you looking for any load for a specific reason or just curious?
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Old November 10, 2015, 11:30 PM   #10
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I use 124gr. but no reason not to use 115 or 147. I may try 147s just cause I can.
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Old November 11, 2015, 07:50 AM   #11
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My STI Trojan 9mm shoots everything well except for that ZQI 123 gr. NATO FMJ ammo that Wally's used to sell. This one shoots the 124 and 147 grain Fed AE and Hornady XTP loads the best. And I highly recommend the Wilson Elite Tactical Magazines (ETM) for a 9mm 1911.
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Old November 11, 2015, 09:42 AM   #12
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I guess just curious. I'm new to the 9mm 1911 platform. A guy at the range encouraged me to go the 147 gr. route. His rationale - a 115 gr. cartridge might not be powerful enough to fully cycle the longer, heavier slide. I've been using 124 gr. American Eagle ammo without issue. Figured that I would appeal to the members here for input and balance it against the range rat's wisdom.
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Old November 11, 2015, 10:00 AM   #13
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I've found that the 147 grain truncated cone bullets are the most accurate.
The diameter will be different, though, from gun to gun, depending on the bullet material and barrel.
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Old November 11, 2015, 01:14 PM   #14
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I guess just curious. I'm new to the 9mm 1911 platform. A guy at the range encouraged me to go the 147 gr. route. His rationale - a 115 gr. cartridge might not be powerful enough to fully cycle the longer, heavier slide. I've been using 124 gr. American Eagle ammo without issue. Figured that I would appeal to the members here for input and balance it against the range rat's wisdom.
Your range rat is not so wise. Like I said, I run 115s almost exclusively and have in 5", 4.25" and 3.5" 9mm 1911s and never had any trouble with any of them cycling. I run factory weight recoil springs in my 9mms.
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Old November 11, 2015, 02:27 PM   #15
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While the 147 grain TC has proven the most accurate, any industry approved 9mm should work the gun satisfactorily, without changing anything.
Unless someone beat you to it and monkeyed with the works.

(We need a monkey beating on an anvil character).
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Old November 11, 2015, 02:34 PM   #16
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Your range rat is not so wise.
I have seen several times on another board where Keith from Dan Wesson and the Wilson Combat rep recommends 147gr and at the minimum of 124gr 9mm to run through their 1911's.

If it is recommended by these two makers, then it gives me a reason to run a heavier weight at the same cost as 115gr.
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Old November 11, 2015, 03:02 PM   #17
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For "serious" purposes, I use 124 gr bullets. For plinking, I'll also use 115 gr bullets.
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Old November 11, 2015, 03:35 PM   #18
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I have seen several times on another board where Keith from Dan Wesson and the Wilson Combat rep recommends 147gr and at the minimum of 124gr 9mm to run through their 1911's.

If it is recommended by these two makers, then it gives me a reason to run a heavier weight at the same cost as 115gr.
I'm speaking from experience with multiple 9mm 1911s in different lengths from multiple manufacturers. No DWs or Wilsons, but that would certainly be a red flag for me if I was in the market. That said, I've never seen anyone have trouble with any 9mm 1911 cycling using standard pressure 115gr ammo on the range or in competition, nor have I read about it.

I suggest you try it and see for yourself.
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Old November 11, 2015, 06:56 PM   #19
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The slide and total recoiling mass of a 5" 1911 9mm is heavier than most 9MMs. The 147 grain might be recommended due to that fact. The velocity of the standard pressure 147 in 5" barrels will be around 1000 fps. To achieve a similar recoil impulse with the 115 grain necessitates a velocity of approx. 1270 fps, and approx. 1180fps with the 124 grain. Standard pressure 115 and 124 grain will most often not achieve these velocities in a pistol with 5" barrel. I have read of 9mm 1911 owners complaining that their pistol won't lock the slide open on empty, jams due to their ammo not having enough energy to fully cycle the slide,etc. I've had several 9mm 1911s. My 9mms are not ammo sensitive, but one type that functions without issue in all my 9mms is 124 grain NATO ball made by Winchester and IMI......ymmv

BTW, my 9mm 1911s shoot all the common bullet weights well, with no clear accuracy winner. I don't have a Ransom Rest which might reveal a clear bullet weight winner.
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Old November 11, 2015, 07:05 PM   #20
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I suggest you try it and see for yourself.
The questions is why? If my 1911 9's run perfectly with heavier weight ammo, and the cost difference is negligible, see no reason to change what has been successful, especially when plinking.
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Old November 11, 2015, 07:11 PM   #21
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I run all weights without a problem in any of my 9mm 1911's. Nor, can I see any difference in accuracy. It could be that I'm numb and insensitive.
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Old November 11, 2015, 07:56 PM   #22
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The questions is why? If my 1911 9's run perfectly with heavier weight ammo, and the cost difference is negligible, see no reason to change what has been successful, especially when plinking.
Jesus, then don't, it doesn't matter to me. I just figured that since you care'd enough to question my observations, you might care enough to see it first hand.
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Old November 11, 2015, 08:19 PM   #23
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A quality gun should cycle anything quality.
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I guess just curious. I'm new to the 9mm 1911 platform. A guy at the range encouraged me to go the 147 gr. route. His rationale - a 115 gr. cartridge might not be powerful enough to fully cycle the longer, heavier slide. I've been using 124 gr. American Eagle ammo without issue. Figured that I would appeal to the members here for input and balance it against the range rat's wisdom.
I've shot 115 gr. in my RIA full size 1911, Hi-Point C0 and S&W SD9VE almost exclusively for years and never had a problem of any kind. If it can cycle the heavy Hi-Point slide, I think it will cycle any 1911.
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Old November 13, 2015, 01:00 AM   #25
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In my Colt Commander I run 115 gr ,or 124 . I never saw the need for any other. .
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