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Offline Radom

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Re: Any ammo restrictions for new 97 B?
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2018, 04:55:27 AM »
1st Gen 97Bs are finicky, due to the ramp and OEM Mec-Gar magazines designed for the .45 Witness.  I have used FMJ-RN, JHP, LSWC-HP, LSWC, and LRN with my old-timer...BUT I had to pay attention to the OAL quite a bit with bullet weights lighter than 230 gr.   There's a lot of discussion on this in the archives/older posts.  IIRC, my only real issue was using heavier JHPs with a straight ogive.  230 gr Federal Hydra-Shoks were not reliable in my '98, for example.  However, I have never had any problem with any weight of Speer Gold Dot HPs. 

I have zero experience with the newer 97Bs. 

That said, I like my old 97B better than any .45 ACP that doesn't need moon clips.  I've wasted a lot of time and money on other semi-autos, including a couple of lower-end Dan Wessons.  As I'm getting older, I tend to prefer revolvers.
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Re: Any ammo restrictions for new 97 B?
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2018, 05:19:49 AM »
I don’t get the impression that the OP reloads, so he just needs to order enough rounds to test before taking a 97B with him to have at his camp.


True, but you probably got a box of 50 to test the feeding before you trust any ammo to SD purposes. Then you might have another 50 used to test various stronger spring combinations.

Good advice.  Always run at least a box through a pistol before trusting it, much less the practice considerations. 

I was well into my 30s before I realized that my load preferences reflected my grip and stance.  My father's getting quite elderly now, and he has been forced to adjust his handloads and carry loads.  A really tight grip does affect feeding...
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Re: Any ammo restrictions for new 97 B?
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2018, 08:20:11 AM »
I don't want to alarm anyone, but there has been a Radom sighting in the area.  ;)

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Re: Any ammo restrictions for new 97 B?
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2018, 08:31:20 AM »
We get Random reports from time to time.   O0
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Re: Any ammo restrictions for new 97 B?
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2018, 06:35:53 AM »
We get Random reports from time to time.   O0

To be fair, I mostly shoot shotguns these days.  I refuse to interact with people about shotguns, just for my own sanity.
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