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Originally posted by RM:
What exactly is hardball ammunition? Is is commonly store bought or reloads? What are its common uses? Thanks.
Hardball or just "Ball" ammo is a FMJ (full metal jacket) bullet with a round nose.. You can find them anywhere they sell ammo.. Common uses are anything, but they perform better on hard targets ie windshields, door etc.. It is most likely to feed reliably in all guns, NOT that hollow points wont.. -Gilmore
 

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"Ball" ammunition is a term applied to cartridges loaded with military-type full metal jacket bullets of standard construction (ie-not tracers, armor piercing, etc). In the case of the .45ACP it is a 230gr. FMJ round-nosed bullet to duplicate the U.S. military loading ("Cartridge, Ball, M-1911").
Historically, the term came into use as a result of the French loading of their 8mm Lebel rifle cartridge with a full metal jacketed bullet that they designated as "Balle D" to differentiate it from a previous loading.
 
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