Winchester Ammunition announced they are now making a new line of .45 ACP ammo for the 1911 platform pistol. The WIN1911 ammunition will come in two variations: one uses a FMJ bullet, while the other uses a JHP. Both loads are designed to shoot to the same point of aim.
The FMJ load uses a flat nose bullet. Winchester claims the load is built for “high accuracy” and produces “precision groups.” Winchester does not identify the exact bullet used in the JHP load, so I would expect it is a traditional bullet rather than a highly-engineered bullet like the SXT.
Both of the ammunition loads are rated for 880 fps at the muzzle.
WIN1911 Ammo Specifications
|.45 ACP||X45T||FMJ||230 gr||880 fps|
|.45 ACP||X45P||JHP||230 gr||880 fps|
One of the interesting things about the WIN1911 line is that the bullets are nickel-plated. Winchester states this is for “easy identification.”
No MSRP has been announced.
I can appreciate having a practice round and self-defense round that share identical ballistics. But, beyond that, I don’t fully understand these new loads. A nickel-plated bullet doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, so maybe someone can help me out here. What, if any, advantages does a nickel-plated bullet (not case) offer? The “easy identification” doesn’t make much sense to me, as I don’t dump all of my ammo into a bag and store it loose. It stays in the box until I load it, so identification isn’t a problem.