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Thread: RIA 1911 and reloads

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    If your 1911 isn't functioning 100% with proper ball loads, you should probably address that first. My RIA feeds 200gr swc just fine, but not initially. I did have to adjust the oal on my reloads. And that was after doing a necessary extractor tune.
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    I have shot 1000's of LSWC through my Rock. I have to agree with the others that these are sensitive to COAL. You will have to experiment with the seating depth until you find the right depth which will feed reliably in your Rock. One thing that I have discovered is that dimensions of the LSWC bullets will vary slightly between manufacturers, so switching from one manufacturer to another will likely require that you adjust you seating depth.

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    I use my RIA in cowboy action shoots for "wild bunch" side matches. I replaced the heavy recoil spring that came with the pistol with an eleven pound spring. I made up a hand load that just cycles the action reliably for this side match work. I use a round nose 185 grain bullet with this light load and the action cycles and functions very well. It is a pleasure to shoot these light loads at steel plate targets about 15 yards distant. The empty brass is easy to find as well. So slohunter don't discard your "weak" recoil spring if you reload. You can still have fun with your RIA using it.

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    I've loaded both the 200gr and 185gr SWCs w/o issues, as previously mentioned, seat deep.
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    Something to consider..
    Had the same issue with one of my RIA pistols, the compact version (3.5" bull barrel)
    It would chamber & eject any FMJ bullet but wouldn't chamber any cast bullets (fully)

    Owners manual states it is made to shoot FMJ's , so can't really blame RIA for the issue.

    But I shoot cast bullets almost exclusively in all my pistols, so.. off to see my gunsmith.

    Measuring my chamber with a gauge , he told me, "it's a little tight @ the front of the chamber"

    Used a chamber reamer, made maybe 1 complete turn &
    now, it chambers ALL my cast bullet loads.. 230gr rn, 200gr rn or swc, 185gr swc

    I should add that the was NO change in accuracy after this was done.

    added: I had also experimented with changing OAL of seated rounds, to attempt to get rounds to chamber properly.
    you may compensate in this manner,& have rounds function, but then have to consider increased pressure from shortened OAL
    & would have to label your loads , for whichever 1911 you loads are for, which can be a problem if you own
    more than one 1911 in that caliber. Better to fix the problem than compensate for it..IMO

    My gunsmith informed me that this is a common problem seen on many different 1911 brands that he addresses frequently.
    took him maybe 5 min. to test & fix the problem (& did this @ no charge to me)
    Last edited by joepistol; 31st May 2017 at 06:34.


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    May be an OAL issue. I have three RIA`s that I reload for in .45ACP and have found that 1.255 works perfect in all. I have a Compact,Gi and a Tac. Thousands reloaded and shot,no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Anglo View Post
    May be an OAL issue. I have three RIA`s that I reload for in .45ACP and have found that 1.255 works perfect in all. I have a Compact,Gi and a Tac. Thousands reloaded and shot,no issues.
    But the problem reported in the original post involves semi-wadcutter (SWC) bullets. Those are a different animal. They have a shoulder, and if the barrel has a short leade the shoulder may prevent fully chambering. This is why the plunk test doesn't help unless it's performed using the actual barrel through which the ammunition will be shot. My guess is that the OP needs to seat his SWC loads a couple of thousandths deeper, reducing the amount of shoulder exposed ahead of the case rim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    But the problem reported in the original post involves semi-wadcutter (SWC) bullets. Those are a different animal. Tey have a shoulder, and if the barrel has a short leade the shoulder may prevent fully chambering. This is why the plunk test doesn't help unless it's performed using the actual barrel through which the ammunition will be shot. My guess is that the OP needs to seat his SWC loads a couple of thousandths deeper, reducing the amount of shoulder exposed ahead of the case rim.
    However...Beware of Overpressure!.

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    Polish the feed ramp and throat to end feed problems.
    You can use a pink pearl eraser to polish the ramp to a mirror finish-I would
    try that first-otherwise get out your dremel and jewelers rouge or
    drop it off at your favorite gunsmith. Good luck

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