You are absolutely correct about the 1911's design. Hollowpoints didn't exist back then. 1911s have now evolved to the point that many of them will now run 100% without modification. Mine do.The 1911 (and its magazine) was designed to run on ball. It can be modified to work with non ball rounds but it's not going to be as reliable unless worked over by a smith who really knows what they're doing. There is a very good reason that the military has always depended on ball and it has nothing to do with the Hague Accords or any other "treaties". If I absolutely "need" to run hollowpoints I only run them in a revolver.
Depends on the 1911. I know my colt eats pretty much anything, but my ati commander is picky except with hornady critical defense.From ya alls experience what type ammo to carry is most effective and reliable. Ball or hollow point.
For older guns or surplus guns that may be true. Most modern 1911's have barrel throats, ramps, and come with magazines that are hollowpoint friendly.The 1911 (and its magazine) was designed to run on ball. It can be modified to work with non ball rounds but it's not going to be as reliable unless worked over by a smith who really knows what they're doing. There is a very good reason that the military has always depended on ball and it has nothing to do with the Hague Accords or any other "treaties". If I absolutely "need" to run hollowpoints I only run them in a revolver.
Interesting seeing as how the ORIGINAL (1905) .45 auto cartridge WAS a 200gr. loading. My grandfather and father both had experience with this loading in the era before WW2 and always maintained that it was better than the "hardball" loading in terms of both accuracy and function. Interesting sidebar, back in the '30's the local "big shot NRA target shooting expert" showed up at the local gun club with his new Colt National Match .45 and was freely dispensing his "wisdom" about all things regarding the .45 auto pistol and shooting in general and when he took umbrage that my father disagreed with him on some point, the inevitable challenge occurred and my father outshot him with my grandfather's Colt 1905 .45 auto with that still available 200 gr. 1905 commercial (Winchester or Western?) ammo.I was out in ID a couple weeks ago visiting my old buddy Ken Hackathorn and we were sitting in the shade at his range letting the guns cool solving the worlds problems. The subject of currently available factory ammo came up and we both agreed that the current crop of .45 230gr hardball is pretty lame and we both see all kinds of malfunctions due to it. We also agreed that 230gr ball ammo is one of the hardest rounds to get a 1911 reliable with. Most is loaded too hot, I chrono'd some Fiocchi the other day and it clocked over 900fps out of a 5" 1911 barrel and obviously speeds up cycle time which is never good for reliability. The original military 230gr ball load specified 830fps. The shape of the bullet has gradually changed over the years to where a lot of them are very blunt making them hard to feed and are prone to bump the slide stop lug and lock the gun open with ammo still in the gun. Ken and I have always felt the 200gr H&G #68 L-SWC at 850fps loaded to 1.250" OAL is by far the most reliable feeding .45 bullet ever designed and that was what we were shooting that day. At WC we only use this bullet for testing accuracy because a pistol that's not right will still feed this ammo. Besides the H&G #68 there are several JHP bullets that feed well such as: Hornady XTP/HAP (1.230" OAL), Nosler 185gr JHP (this is the most accurate .45 bullet on the market), Speer Gold Dot, Win Silvertip, etc.. When we left Ken's we went up to Freedom Munitions/Extreme Bullets/Ammoload for a tour (VERY impressive operation BTY), their plated HP target bullet has a real good nose profile for feeding and I'm starting to shoot these for my range ammo in the 200gr weight. Speaking of weight 185-200gr bullets function more reliable overall than 230gr, especially in 4" or shorter barrel guns. Why a major ammo company doesn't produce a 200gr truncated cone bullet load at 850fps has always been a mystery to me???? That would be the ideal range load.
Bottom line: Pointed bullets in the 185-200gr weight range loaded to moderate velocity (185gr 920fps or 200gr 850fps) function much better than 230gr hardball, especially the stuff clocking over 850fps.
Fortunately 9mm FMJ ball ammo doesn't suffer from the same issues as .45 and is normally very reliable in terms of function.