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    45acp - RNFP or semi wc ?

    I have 3 1911 platform guns i am loading for. 1940 USGI, a mid 70's commander, and a DW CCO. looking for a bullet for general plinking, and a could be defense load. Live in black bear country so that is a consideration.

    Looking at coated RNFP or SWC lead 200g bullets by SNS or Missouri. SWC looks to be problematic in feeding, vs RNFP. What are the +/- of the SWC compared to the RNFP bullets.

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    The original 1911 was designed for ball ammo. Nowadays many 1911s are made with ramped barrels, frames and such so "square nose" bullets feed better.

    If I had to buy only one to start, I would get the RNFP.

    Another option is get a sample of each, most bullets companies offer smaller packages for testing.

    Both the RNFP and SWC will punch better holes in paper than a round nose, and either would pack a wallop on critters and goblins.

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    Another vote for the RNFP. The plating/coating will probably have less friction and feed better. Semi-wads are primarily for target use, as they cut a clean, scoreable hole in the paper. Either in a pinch, but I'll bet the RNFP feeds better.

    If not, try a calibration pack from Wolff. Sometimes that slight bit of extra push is all that's needed to go from jam to bam.
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    You can get SWCs with coating also, check out Blue Bullets or Bayou Bullets.

    I like the purty colors Bayou Bullets offers.

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    There are also the hipsters at Gallant Bullets. They offer a variety of .45 styles.

    https://gallantbullets.com/collections/45-caliber
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    I feed 7 1911s, Kimbers, Colts, with a 225 grain truncated cone bullet. flawless feeding, good accuracy and excellent terminal effect. Plastic coating, blech! I'll stick with grease in the grooves.
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    RNFP or ball ammo 230 gr. fwiw

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    I believe the long cone shaped nose of the H&G 68 swc was designed to improve feeding in non-throated barrels designed for FMJ Bullets. I’d buy small amounts of the different bullets you mention and see how your handguns like them. Experiment with different things and you might be surprised at which bullet profile works. For self defense reliability is mandatory. Perhaps three loads, one for plinking, another for bear country, and a third for defense against two legged critters might be worth considering.

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    I have run Lyman 452460 and 452454 SWC's thru several Govt models with zero malfunctions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    I feed 7 1911s, Kimbers, Colts, with a 225 grain truncated cone bullet. flawless feeding, good accuracy and excellent terminal effect. Plastic coating, blech! I'll stick with grease in the grooves.
    I have to agree with Dan! I feed four Colts, one Smith, and a Thompson submachinegun, that truncated cone bullet just flat works!
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