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    45acp

    I'm in the market for a reliable semiauto in 45acp. Something that is not picky about shooting jacket or cast. I don't have a lot of experience with the 45acp other then a few hundred rounds through my S&W 4566. It's a great gun but It's kinda heavy and don't fit my hand real well so I'm looking for something lighter but don't have to be smaller. There are so many. Just looking for options and comments on what others are using.

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    My vote is for the Ruger LW Commander with stainless slide. Mine has a good enough trigger and with the titanium firing pin it does not need any of the firing pin safeties some other manufacturers use. Mine likes factory RN and HPs as well as hand loaded plated or hand cast projectiles. It handled cast SWC boolits (HG 68) just fine out of the box. Nice and light in a belt slide holster, too. GF

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    one more vote for Ruger SR1911 have one in 9mm one in 45acp no issues with either one
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    I have a Springfield XD with a 3.3 inch barrel, it's my daily carry. Has been reliable with cast powder coated 230 grain lee boolits along with factory ammo. I'm happy with it.

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    I'm a Kimber guy......but have shot a few of the Springfield's like 'em all as long as they are a 1911 platform!
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    I have the Springfield L.W. Commander Range Officer and it eat's my wheel weight 230gr. cast plus anything else I can stuff in it. Can honestly say no failure to feed. Mine does have the bull barrel,don't know if it makes much difference though.

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    Been very pleased with my rock island full sized. More accurate than I am, but loose enough to not be picky. Have ran everything from 200 rf and hg68 to Keith style 255 swc.
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    Both of my Rugers, the 5" SR1911 & the shorter 4.25" CMD model, are first rate in all respects. My background is primarily with Colts, over a dozen in the last 50+ years, most of them tweaked with extra gunsmithing work on triggers or lock up and these two Rugers are at least equal. Accuracy runs less than 2.5" at 25 yds for all loads, factory and handloads average! from a rest.

    As carry guns, they're too heavy for me now...as I'm 72 now...but for that use, I'd have no hesitation recommending Ruger's alloy frame version, especially the "Commander" length one in .45 ACP.

    Ruger's good about warranty work too, so if there is a problem, you've got back up.

    Another good choice for carry would be either of Sig's 1911s...the C3 model or its predecessor, the RCS. Both sport the shortened grip length (by 1/4") of Colt's Officer's Model, and also with 4" barrels (about as short as I'd recommend for good reliability and ease of slide manipulation). I have the RCS model and carry it daily in an OWB holster of the Bianchi Askins Avenger type. It's the ideal carry piece in my opinion, and that heavy .45 caliber bullet needs no expansion to do its work.

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    I second the rock island any size.
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    If you are looking for a 1911, check out Dan Wesson's. Alternatively, FN's FNX is a nice .45. I am also partial to S&W 25 or 625 line of revolvers. I would jus go to a decent shop and handle the various offerings in.45 just to see what fits your hand best. YMMV

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    SIG-Sauer P-220 offers LW Commander size & weight, great ergonomics, and extreme reliability. It is my default setting in 45 ACP.
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    Being the Devil's Advocate here, do not sell short REVOLVERS chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. For field use the Ruger NM Blackhawk convertible with 4-5/8" barrel is as good as it gets. If you preference leans towards personal defense or IDPA, an S&W 625 has merit. The M1911 is not the only viable .45 ACP platform. Heck, I have't owned one for years.
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    You can’t go wrong with a revolver!!!!!! They will eat just about anything you stuff in the Cyl. I am lookiing for a good (!) deal on a 45ACP revolver right now.

    Not so with 45ACP semi’s. The 3 I have experience with are very picky about OAL, nose shape, load, just about everything has to be perfect or failure to chamber/load/fire/cycle.

    I rarely shot my 1911’s any more. Not reliable and just too darned picky with cast. They load & shoot that cursed expensive FMJ stuff just fine.

    Do your researcy B4 plunking down a ton of money! And do not ignore 45LC revolvers!!!!!!! My favorite. And LOTS of powder room in that big case!!

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    I wouldn’t suggest a revolver for 45acp, there are far better cartridges once you’ve decided wheel gun.

    Then you need to decide 1911 or not.

    If 1911, Dan Wesson is a great choice. Very well made and good value.

    If not, can’t fault a Sig P-220.

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    My only 45acp experience so far has been with full size 1911 pistols. I own four of them.
    Two of them will eat anything I can put in the magazine and shoot it well besides.
    The first is a Springfield Armory Mil Spec. The second is a Sig nickel rail tactical.
    Both of these have been flawless for me. The Springfield needed a little trigger work out of the box but otherwise no changes. The Sig had a great trigger out of the box and hasn't fumbled at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backhoe View Post
    I have the Springfield L.W. Commander Range Officer and it eat's my wheel weight 230gr. cast plus anything else I can stuff in it. Can honestly say no failure to feed. Mine does have the bull barrel,don't know if it makes much difference though.
    This is exactly my experience with the same gun.
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    Handle all the .45 ACP handguns you can, then choose. The cartridge will not disappoint.

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    We have a Tanfoglio Witness 45 metal frame with 4.5" barrel, XD Mod2 45acp with 4" barrel and have fired a friends Tanfoglio Witness 45acp metal Compact and another Taurus 1911. I prefer the Witness. Would like to try a M&P Shield 45acp.

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    I have been rolling around the idea of a 45 ACP/AR wheelgun for a while. The manner in which the Ruger Blackhawk 45 Colt/45 ACP convertibles handle the casing question--by saving the owner the trouble of choosing between clips and Auto Rim for cartridge management and extraction--is an easy one. Just use 45 ACP ammo as found. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
    I don't paint bullets. I like Black Rifle Coffee. Sacred cows are always fair game. California is to the United States what Syria is to Russia and North Korea is to China/South Korea/Japan--a Hermit Kingdom detached from the real world and led by delusional maniacs, an economic and social basket case sustained by "foreign" aid so as to not lose military bases.

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    I plan to stick with a light weight semi auto. I do love them but it's not going to be a revolver for this one. Plenty of 1911 fans for sure. I have been looking at a few polymer framed guns. I really like the feel of
    some of them but never shot one in 45.
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