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Old 04-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

like the title states. it seems to jam up when pulling the slide back and releasing to load the first round or any round i cycle by hand after that. it works "better" with normal ammo.

anybody have one of these, and what should i look for as far as wear and replacement parts. anybody have the problem with hollow points in it also? i bought the gun used, put about 600 round through it and cleaned it afterwards. it is in very good used condition
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

Have the feed ramp polished,use Powerball for your protection ammo.
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

I have a Calico 9mm carbine with the same problem. The nose of the hollow point catches on the edge of the feed ramp. Ball ammo works fine since there is no edge on the nose of the bullet to catch the feed ramp. Not sure of the fix. I just use ball ammo all the time now.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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I have a Calico 9mm carbine with the same problem. The nose of the hollow point catches on the edge of the feed ramp. Ball ammo works fine since there is no edge on the nose of the bullet to catch the feed ramp. Not sure of the fix. I just use ball ammo all the time now.

yes the remington 115gr. hollow points are a little more smooth on the edge, it does not like the 124gr. federal hollow points junk ammo.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #5
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Have the feed ramp polished,use Powerball for your protection ammo.
i will look into both.. thanks
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:51 PM   #6
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i will look into both.. thanks
Yeah, me too. I had used Corbon some years back in my Glock but hadn't kept up. I disn't know about the Powerball ammo, should be interesting out of the carbine barrel.
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

My SA 1911 Mil-spec 45 won't feed hollow points either.
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

Rounded ammo.....powerball, critical defense, Golden Saber, etc.....
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

Most 1911 style pistols prefer to cycle the round ball ammo they were designed for. I found the critical defense to cycle flawlessly out of all
My 1911's .45-.380.
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

1quik70 is correct, the 1911 is a military design and was not intended to ever have hollow points cycled. polish the feed ramp first, if that doesn't work you may have to re-ramp the frame. be careful with this process, however, as too much will ruin the frame and could be dangerous.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:34 AM   #12
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

Does the EMP have an aluminum frame? if so you do not want to try polishing the feed ramp if it is part of the frame. the anodizing is pretty thin and could be removed. if the feed ramp is part of the barrel then it won't be a problem.
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

My EMP doesn't always like Hornady critical defense, never had a single issue with any FMJ's though. I haven't actually tried any other defense rounds yet, need to get on that.

Take a critical defense round and set it next to a Remington fmj, you'll see it's a good 1/16" shorter. A different round with a rounded our longer projectile should resolve the problem. I am going to polish my feed though.....
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

Sell it and buy a Glock.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:36 PM   #15
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Default Re: Springfield Armory 1911 EMP -9mm- doesn't like hollow points?

not a glock guy, i like my plastic-less 1911.

the feed ramp is part of the barrel. i have yet to polish it, ill get around to it .. i have standard ammo in there now
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