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|Bullet Weight||230 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Casing||Zinc Plated Steel|
|Ammo Caliber||.45 ACP (Auto)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||886|
Silver Bear ammo is manufactured at the famous Barnaul machine plant in Russia, where it's been produced since World War II. They also make all the other Bear branded ammo, like Brown Bear and Golden Bear. The names are pretty self explanatory and describe the color of the shell casings. The Silver Bear 45 ACP ammo, for example, has a distinctive shiny steel case. While a lot of other brands of steel cased ammo are dull colored and come with a polymer coating or some kind of lacquer, Silver Bear casings are zinc coated steel, which makes any other kind of coating unnecessary. The cases are not re-loadable, but the ammo is non-corrosive and safe to shoot in any modern 45 ACP firearm. The 230 grain bullets have a lead core with a bi-metal jacket made of steel and copper. This kind of jacket can be a little rough on certain types of targets and backstops, especially in indoor ranges. For this reason, some ranges won't permit the use of any bullets that attract a magnet like Silver Bear. So make sure to check with your range first. We ran Silver Bear through six different pistols to check performance and function. Recoil was very soft for a 45. That makes it a good load for new shooters, or anyone who's recoil sensitive. It's also a nice, light shooting load for smaller, lightweight pistols. Despite the lower pressure load, we didn't have any problem with reliability, and each of our guns went through at least a couple of magazines with no issues. We tested accuracy at 15 yards using a Springfield XDM. Our 10 shot group wasn't too bad, but did start to wander a little south toward the end. It may not be the most accurate ammo available, but for the price, it still gets the job done as a casual range load. If you want to shoot a lot of 45 but don't want to go broke, then Silver Bear ammo is worth a try. For practice and range use, it's more than adequate, and the soft recoil will allow you to keep shooting all day.
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Officer 3.5" 1911
First ammo I could find to purchase for my Officer size 1911, and I didn't mind giving it a try.. ( I wanted to test out my purchase)
After the "failure to fully return to battery" issue happened, almost every round, at first, I thought the 1911 had a weak or worn recoil spring..
My friend immediately decided the 1911 was a terrible gun to own.
After running a few mags through, by assisting the "return to battery", it ran a little better.. with only 1 out of 3 failing to return to battery.. The more I shot of it, the better it ran, until it was around 1 or 2 out of 7 would fail to "fully return to battery".
Brass ammo from Federal, Sellier & Bellot, and PMC Bronze all ran perfectly, never failing to return to battery.
It seems 1911s don't like steel cased ammo, just as I've heard.
For target shooting, it's annoying, but not hard to deal with.. I would NEVER suggest anyone use this ammo in a 1911 for anything but target practice.
Decent Practice Ammo
I've run several hundred rounds of this through my S&W Shield with no malfunctions. It's not match grade ammo by any means, but at this price point you shouldn't be expecting spectacular accuracy. However, at normal pistol distances (25 yards and in) the consistency is more than adequate. My only complaints about this load are it shoots pretty dirty and the casings will turn your finger tips black as you handle them because of the zinc coating. These are minor inconveniences and not a reason to avoid the product. Bottom line: buy some and if your pistol likes them, buy some more. Reduced ammo bills=more range time.
Accuracy is good but too many failed to feed.
I tried this ammo in 3 high end 45s. In my H&K, Kimber and Sig I experienced a very high percentage of failures to feed. In all 3 firearms the weapon would not always return to battery and I would have to eject the round to continue shooting. Accuracy was good but dependability was poor.
Good for the price
I bought this to go out and just shoot at the range, I ran it through my Glock 30 and I kinda went in being skeptical of this round at first. I shot through 200 rounds and I had failure to feed around 30 times, I blame it on the mags though other than that once I ran around 100 more rounds it functioned great. I do get an occasional failure to feed but I am sure it's because of my magazine. I will not be buying this round anymore but I will keep doing business with lucky gunner, really great service
Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-spec, 10-30% fail to fire rate
Fired 500 rounds through a Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-spec. First box had 20 of 50 fail to fire. Seems to have a higher success rate once the pistol warms up. All boxes had 8-12 fail to fire. Primer is dented, but not set off. All rounds did fire on second or third strike of firing pin.
The 1911 had no failures to fire with a test box of American Eagle .45 Auto.
Obviously great price, but poor reliability; only target ammo.
However, as a side effect they work like snap caps and allow you to see your trigger control when it doesn't fire. Definitely helps improve your shooting. It also makes a great practice exercise for clearing rounds that fail to fire on controlled pairs and failure to stop drills.
Works for me!
I bought 500 of these and recently passed a good 350 through my Glock 21 in one sitting. Not a single hangup. As others have mentioned, it is fairly dirty so I recommend vigorous application of a moist towelette after your shooting session. Small price to pay for good training ammo. Give it a try!
Worked well in my Glock 21
I bought 500 rounds of Silver Bear .45 ACP and use it for range practice. It works well for that purpose -- not one misfeed. Note, the case is not reusable and it burns slightly dirtier than other ammo I shoot, but at this price that is expected. I'd recommend this for your practice ammo.
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