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I bought an unused Springfield 1911 in Columbus in mid-June. I've now put at least a thousand rounds through it, but it still won't feed hollowpoints. I rack the slide and the round just jams into the feed ramp. If I fiddle around with it enough, it might eventually feed but that's not very convenient. It does ball ammo just fine, so I've been carrying with that, but I do prefer hollowpoint for anytime I'm not just punching holes on the range. Any suggestions? I've heard people talk about getting the feed ramp polished. Is that likely to solve this issue?

Oh, and don't get me wrong...I love this gun and with ball ammo I've never experienced a problem after sending a few rounds downrange to break it in. I'd recommend a 1911 to ANYONE (well, not a felon, but you get my point). Still, I'd like to get this issue handled.
 

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Have you tried different hollowpoints? Have you tried different magazines?

Personally if it were me and it was 100% with FMJ, then thats what I'd carry. I mean a .45 is a big hole.
 

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Don't have much advice, but I have a Springfield Loaded and it has eaten WWB JHPs from Walmart without a hitch or hiccup. Maybe it's the particular ammo you are using?
 

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Have you tried different hollowpoints? Have you tried different magazines?
Yes on both counts.

DocMindbender said:
Don't have much advice, but I have a Springfield Loaded and it has eaten WWB JHPs from Walmart without a hitch or hiccup. Maybe it's the particular ammo you are using?
I'm using Corbon +P JHPs and Corbon DPX. Er, trying to use.
 

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Either run Corbon Powerball for a defensive load or have a smith tweak it to run hollow points.
 

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Buff that ramp & chamber, might need a tweekin.
 

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Throw away your current mag and buy two good mags and call me in the morning.
 

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I have a Springer and a Colt and neither one will feed certain hollow point ammo reliably. I just stick with ball. As someone already pointed out: It makes a big hole.
 

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What mags have you tried? Polishing your feed ramp isn't a bad idea but I wouldn't go much further than that, let a smith take a look.
 

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From gunsmith Hilton Yam's online blog: http://10-8performance.blogspot.com/201 ... chive.html

Feedway malfunctions:Feedway issues are very fixable, but they certainly won't go away with any combination of hope and ignorance. The user needs to recognize this as a mechanical issue with many contributing factors. First, pick good quality ammunition with bullet shapes optimized for feeding in the 1911. Remember that some ammunition, like old Federal HydraShok with the square bullet profile and the Speer 200 grain JHP, just weren't destined to work well in all 1911s. Second, make sure your magazines are doing their part and have proper feed lip geometry and spring tension. Lastly, it is not uncommon even for new factory guns to have improperly cut feed ramps and barrel throats or chambers that are rough or tight. Feedway issues need to be addressed by a competent 1911 specialist, and are not a home project for the untrained with a Dremel.
"It just needs to be broken in."No it doesn't. Most of the time, this really just means that the gun was not built correctly and you are completing some of the final fitting by firing. Break in does not fix all the issues, so don't hope for the break in fairy to make an improperly set up weapon suddenly become right. Overly tight slide/frame/barrel fit, improper chamber finish, rough breech faces, etc. are better addressed on the bench than wasting precious time and expensive ammunition at the range. The only really legit break in that I typically see is related to guns getting tightened up after they get refinished with a coating that adds surface thickness, such as the spray and bake paint finishes. Usually the refinished gun will work ok, but needs to be kept very clean and well lubed during this initial wear in period. This break in can also be addressed on the bench instead.
I have read, but can't find right now, about problems with the Corbons feeding reliably in some 1911s. Those bullets have a big opening on the front end. I even tried the two brands of Corbons you are trying to use in your gun and I could not get them to feed reliably. I went to Gold Dots and Rangers. Good luck. If you have to, send it back to Springfield. That's why they have a Lifetime Warranty. :)
 

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A 1911 that is finicky with ammo?!? Say it ain't so! ;)

Just kidding (sort of). Remember that the 1911 was designed to feed 230gr ball ammo. The more a bullet deviates from that profile, the more difficult it will be to make it reliable in anything approaching a "mil-spec" 1911 pistol. You can polish the feed ramp, radius the upper back edge of the chamber, and perform other tricks that *might* help. But in the end, some 1911s just will not like to feed hollowpoints. I'd suggest trying to find an HP round that looks as much as possible like a FMJ in profile. If you really can't find one that works, you can try some of the expanding FMJ bullets out there (I think Federal makes them).

Good luck. 15 years of carrying 1911s proved to me they are great pistols, but can really be a PITA to get tuned the way you want them. It might actually be less trouble to sell it and try a different 1911 (sometimes even different pistols from the same company will feed much better than others). The good news is that .45ACP FMJ is a very effective round, all the "you must always use hollowpoints" hype notwithstanding. Many dead German and Japanese soldiers will attest to this fact. :righton:
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'll try some of the Gold Dots and Rangers, then test out some new mags at the store (I've only tried my standard issue mags and my roommate's mags), and then take it to a gunsmith and have them look at it. I doubt I'll have to go any farther than that, but we'll see. And regardless, I have no problem just using ball ammo for it. I'm sure that hole will be nice and large.

That said...umm, anybody want some Corbons? :shattered:
 

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As Adam5 suggested, try Cor-Bon Pow'R Ball. The bullet nose is almost exactly the same shape as ball ammo.
 

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MrMorden said:
The good news is that .45ACP FMJ is a very effective round, all the "you must always use hollowpoints" hype notwithstanding. Many dead German and Japanese soldiers will attest to this fact. :righton:
FMJ FTW! I gave up on HP's in mine. I carry FMJ's and never worry about whether that round will do enough "damage" should I ever need it. Hell of a lot cheaper to shoot too and you should shoot what you carry IMHO.
 

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GFLinTX said:
Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'll try some of the Gold Dots and Rangers, then test out some new mags at the store (I've only tried my standard issue mags and my roommate's mags), and then take it to a gunsmith and have them look at it. I doubt I'll have to go any farther than that, but we'll see. And regardless, I have no problem just using ball ammo for it. I'm sure that hole will be nice and large.

That said...umm, anybody want some Corbons? :shattered:
You should get a few Tripp Cobra Mags and give them a try. Personally the only other mags I would purchase right now would be the Wilson Combat ETM's. The ACT/Novak's are good as well but had a history of cracking their feed lips, I keep them as my range mags.
 

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Here's the number one best answer, SEND IT BACK TO SPRINGFIELD.
They have a LIFETIME WARRANTY on the weapon, it doesn't matter if your the original owner or the 15th. As long as nobody else has already "reworked" your pistol you're golden.
Call the 800 number and explain the problem you should have a call tag waiting to be printed sitting in your inbox within 10 minutes of the call. Box her up an send it in. They'll rework it and test it. My new GI series wouldn't feed anything without a problem. Multiple mags, ammo etc. When I got it back it eats like a goat, just like my Glock. Fortunately I reload because it has one mean appetite.
It was 12 days door to door for me which according to other fourms is about average turn around.
 

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Also try Critical Defense from Hornady. It is fairly similar in the design of a FMJ and it feeds awesome in my 1911
 

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Hm, my PT1911 just ate 100 rounds of all sorta of different flavors of ball and JHP ammo today at the range, in 4 different mags, brass and aluminum case, all without a single issue. Maybe I didn't spend enough money on it for it to be finicky.
 

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Hm, my PT1911 just ate 100 rounds of all sorta of different flavors of ball and JHP ammo today at the range, in 4 different mags, brass and aluminum case, all without a single issue. Maybe I didn't spend enough money on it for it to be finicky.
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Just because you spent less money for a gun that works fine doesn't mean much of anything. I would bet there a lot fewer Springfield's that get returned for service than Taurus and when they do I can tell you who I would rather be dealing with. I don't own either of these brands currently but I have enough experience with both to say that you would be in the vast minority if you think the quality of Taurus surpasses Springfield in any way. 100 rounds isn't even closed to proving the reliability of a firearm, when you get to 500 or a 1000 rounds without issues then you have something.
 
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