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SKU: 45-185FMJ-FN-LR/20

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185gr. FMJ-FN @ 850 fps
20 Round Box


As per numerous customer requests, Buffalo Bore is now making a couple very good “low recoil” 45 ACP loads. This particular load is traveling roughly the same speed as the original 230gr ball load used by our military for decades, but this bullet is 185grs. which is 45 grains lighter and hence the free recoil generated is substantially less. The dynamics of pushing lead-based jacketed bullets at speeds this low does not promote reliable expansion and even if it did, expanding a bullet moving this slow, that is this light-for-caliber, greatly reduces penetration, perhaps to the point that the bullet becomes non-lethal on large humans, wearing heavy clothing and shot at bad angles. So we are utilizing a non-expanding solid bullet with a flat nose to promote maximum terminal damage. Additionally, one of the beauties of the 45 ACP cartridge is that the bullet is 45 caliber and does not require expansion to be very lethal to humans. Also, while round nosed bullets tend to slip through tissues doing little damage; flat nosed bullets crush their way through tissues and do considerably more damage.

Expect this bullet to penetrate roughly 20 inches in living mammalian tissues. This is sufficient penetration for stopping very large men wearing heavy winter clothing, even if they are shot from bad angles.

SLIDE/RECOIL SPRING WEIGHT: All of my 1911 style test pistols utilize recoil springs that are roughly 4 lbs. heavier than factory, because my 1911 style 45 pistols are all set up to run +P ammunition. These “low recoil” loads still reliably cycle my pistols, in my hands, even though their recoil springs are heavy, but keep in mind that I have large/heavy hands and forearms. A person with a light grip or lighter hands and arms may experience unreliable cycling if they use recoil springs that are heavier than factory. It is recommended that you stick with factory rated recoil springs to ensure reliable cycling with these “low recoil” loads. Speaking only of 1911 style pistols, factory ratings would be ROUGHLY 16 lbs. for 5 inch, 18 lbs. for 4.25 inch and 20 lbs. for 3.5 inch barrels. No matter the pistol model and make, stick with factory rated recoil springs.

We are utilizing flash suppressed powder in this load to ensure little to no loss of your vision should you be required to drop the hammer in low light when the criminal element is most active.

This ammunition is running pressures far below the SAAMI max of 21,000 PSI for 45 ACP and is therefore safe in all 45 ACP chambered handguns.

Buffalo Bore always uses factory real-world firearms to establish our published velocities. The use of extra-long laboratory barrels that generate unrealistically high velocities is dishonest to the customer and those extra high velocities can never be achieved in the real world, where it matters. See our test velocities below.

➤  829 fps -- Series 70 Colt Gold Cup 1911, 5-inch barrel
➤  827 fps -- Series 90 Colt Gold Cup 1911, 5-inch barrel
➤  865 fps -- H&K USP Tactical threaded 5-inch barrel
➤  787 fps -- S&W 1911PD (“Commander”), 4.25-inch barrel
➤  735 fps -- Colt Light Weight Officers Model, 3.5-inch barrel
➤  681 fps -- S&W model 325PD (revolver), 2.5-inch barrel


Item 45185FMJ-FN-LR - Exterior Ballistics Charts for several Muzzle Velocities


Muzzle Velocity @ 1100 fps for Item 45185FMJ-FN-LR



Muzzle Velocity @ 1000 fps for Item 45185FMJ-FN-LR



Muzzle Velocity @ 900 fps for Item 45185FMJ-FN-LR



Muzzle Velocity @ 800 fps for Item 45185FMJ-FN-LR



Muzzle Velocity @ 700 fps for Item 45185FMJ-FN-LR



Muzzle Velocity @ 600 fps for Item 45185FMJ-FN-LR



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Friends and Customers, 08-18-20


All shooters are being inconvenienced with what is happening to our society and the rush it is causing on ammo supplies. We have LOTS of ammo in stock and are making more at a huge volume on a daily basis. If our web site allows you to order any item, that means it is in stock—WE DO NOT TAKE ORDERS FOR ITEMS WE DO NOT HAVE! So, please do not email and ask if items are in stock. If they aren’t, the shopping cart will not take your order.

We have hundreds of customers to get orders to on a daily basis. In order for us to accomplish this for our customers, we ask the following.

  1. Be sure of what you are ordering. You are going to get what you ordered.

  2. Do not contact us and ask to change an order you’ve already placed. When we manually change orders it requires a lot of time that we do not have during this rush and it keeps us from serving all of our customers. If you’d like to change an order, we can no longer do that till things slow down, so simply place another order for more product, but PLEASE, NO MORE CHANGES after the fact!

  3. We NEVER have and never will take ammo exchanges or returns and then turn around and re-sale that ammo to unsuspecting customers as factory new ammo—this is not safe nor is it fair to customers who are buying what they think is new and safe ammo. No ammo is tamper proof! So please stop asking to exchange or get a refund for ammo you ordered, but have changed your mind about.

  4. Please do not contact us and ask for tracking numbers or “when will my ammo ship”? Our system automatically emails out tracking numbers on the orders we ship each day, however, because these emails are coming from a corporation shopping cart, many of these emails may go to your spam folder……..please look there. If it is not in your spam folder, that means we have not yet shipped. At current order rates, we are shipping within 5-7 business days of the time an internet order is placed. Please sit tight. Your ammo will arrive at the same time if you track it or not and will certainly arrive later if we are swamped answering questions instead of getting orders shipped. When 30-50 people per day send emails asking for tracking information and we have to pull that information up, then type it out and email it, it takes a huge portion of our work day that we should be using to ship those orders to customers in need. Please leave us alone so we can serve all of you. (ship to you) It’s a bit selfish, during times of shortages, when so many folks need to protect their families, to slow us down because you ordered carelessly or want to change your order. Right now, we expect you to do your part to help us all get the ammo we need in our troubled country.

These measures are hopefully temporary and will not be needed for long as we enjoy the interaction with our customers, so please, for the time being, be mindful of all those others who are also trying to get ammo during what I think is a societal meltdown/emergency. Hopefully, we can serve you all. We want you and your families to be armed and safe and we wish you the best during these trying times. My biggest concern is that things will worsen yet more, for a while. Until things straighten out in our government and society, we will have to streamline our customer service in order to serve all customers. Thank you for your understanding.

Good shooting and God bless,

Tim Sundles

I Understand