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    Plus P loads in PT 1911

    Has anyone used +P loads in their PT 1911? Thoughts?
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    Nope, I don’t shoot +P in any of my handguns! That’s not saying you shouldn’t though.
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    Never saw the need for +P in my PT1911. The only thing I use +P in, is my wife's .357 mag. house gun. And those are .38 Special +P. She doesn't like the magnum loads.
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    I do not shoot +P ammo in any of my handguns. I never have.
    I have seen statements in firearm manuals that state to NOT use +P ammo.
    I have never seen a statement that said +P ammo is OK to use.
    With the plethora of good high quality high performance ammo on the market these days
    I think pushing the limits of a firearm is unnecessary and dangerous.
    That and I practice with the same ammo I use in my carry gun for obvious reasons.
    I have no desire to practice with +P ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokewagon View Post
    Never saw the need for +P in my PT1911. The only thing I use +P in, is my wife's .357 mag. house gun. And those are .38 Special +P. She doesn't like the magnum loads.
    The reason I ask is I am going up to Yellowstone and Glacier. I was told the 1911 would be a good carry sidearm in it had +P.

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    I bought mine as a range toy/project. Nothing but standard load ball ammo is ever fired through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickenbacher39 View Post
    I have never seen a statement that said +P ammo is OK to use.
    https://www.taurususa.com/support/owners-manuals/

    I picked the 1911 manual first. On page 20, I found the following:

    Only fire SAAMI rated Plus P (“+P”) ammunition in Taurus® models designated by Taurus for +P use asbelow. Firing +P ammunition in other Taurus products may be dangerous and can result in seriousbodily injury or death.

    Model 85 small-frame revolver in 38 Special.
    Model 856 revolvers in 38 Special.
    Model 850 small-frame revolver in 38 Special.
    Model 851 small-frame revolver in 38 Special.
    Model 85 Polymer small-frame revolver in 38 Special.
    Model 82 medium-frame revolver in 38 Special.
    Model 817 compact frame (tracker) revolver in 38 Special.
    All firearms chambered in 38 Super Automatic.
    All firearms chambered in 45 Automatic (ACP).
    All firearms chambered in 9mm Luger.

    So there you have it; a pretty long, comprehensive list of firearms Taurus explicitly says are designated as ok for +P.

    So, to answer the OP's question, Taurus' 1911 manual says all of their .45ACP firearms are approved for +P. Personally, though, I wouldn't bother; the legendary reputation of the .45ACP was developed with standard pressure loads. When you're shooting 124 grain bullets, +P might help. When you're launching almost twice that, I don't see the need. For whatever that opinion is worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skipnall View Post
    The reason I ask is I am going up to Yellowstone and Glacier. I was told the 1911 would be a good carry sidearm in it had +P.
    Ah, now I understand a bit better.

    I still stand by my statement. Put some FMJ 230 grain in there and get hiking. https://www.ammoland.com/2018/02/def...#axzz5okzRxTD3
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    I do appreciate all the input.

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    Thanks for taking the time to look it up...no idea where my manual is.

    So, to answer the OP's question, Taurus' 1911 manual says all of their .45ACP firearms are approved for +P. Personally, though, I wouldn't bother; the legendary reputation of the .45ACP was developed with standard pressure loads. When you're shooting 124 grain bullets, +P might help. When you're launching almost twice that, I don't see the need. For whatever that opinion is worth. [/QUOTE]

 

 
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