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Old 10-18-2004, 11:39 AM   #1
 
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1911 Carry Weight vs Bullet Weight

Ok, here's a question that I've been thinking about. What about bullet weight affecting carrying weight of the gun with additional ammo. Example: 17 rounds of 230gr vs 17 rounds of say 185 gr is a little over 1 1/2 pounds additional weight (if my math is correct) and of course goes up as more ammo is carried. Assuming of course that stopping power etc. would not be dramatically reduced with a lighter load, does this make sense to consider? I like the all steel guns and weight is always an issue.
 
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Old 10-18-2004, 11:55 AM   #2
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Your math is wrong. The difference between 17 rounds @230 grains vs 17 rounds @ 185 grains is 0.109 pounds.
 
Old 10-18-2004, 02:02 PM   #3
 
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Oops, I converted grams instead of grains...another one of those "moments".
 
 
Old 10-18-2004, 02:56 PM   #4
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Never weighed them to prove it, but my LW Commander in .38 super sure feels lighter than the same model in .45acp, when both are loaded. 10 x 125 grs. is less than 8 x 230grs., isn't it?
 
Old 10-18-2004, 04:01 PM   #5
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There is more to it than just the weight of the bullet. Don't forget the primer, case and powder. All said and told, a fully loaded 38 Super should weigh close to 2 ounces less than a fully loaded 45 ACP.
 
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Yeah, stansdds, of course you are correct about comparing the weights of each component; I was just focusing on the most obvious one to keep things simple in my post.
(Also, I convienently omitted the fact that my .38 super LW Commander is one of those earlier ones with weight-reducing cuts in the slide, whereas my .45 LWC is later vintage. I say convienently 'cause I plum forgot about it! ops: Reckon that accounts for another ounce or so difference, eh?)
 
Old 10-19-2004, 02:45 AM   #7
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Yep. That would be one light weight carry gun! Sweeeeeet!
 
Old 10-24-2004, 04:43 PM   #8
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Simple parts substitution can also reduce weight. Synthetic mainspring housings are lighter than steel. Various guide rods are of differing weights, the nylon ones I occasionally see being the lightest, if not the longest lasting.

Titanium firing pins and hammer struts and mainspring caps are slightly lighter, though the weight savings is insignificant, and they may cause other problems.

Of course, it is also fun to make guns heavier, too.
 
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