Pros: Inexpensive and reliable. The brass cases can be reloaded.
Cons: Runs dirtier then higher end ammo.
The .45 ACP round was developed by legendary firearms designer John Browning and gained fame as the load used in Browning's masterwork 1911 military pistol.
In addition to it's military pedigree, in the U.S. the round has developed a strong following among recreational and defense oriented shooters and is still the chambering of choice for modern versions of the 1911 pattern pistol.
This review is of the American Eagle .45 Auto 230 gr FMJ load. The American Eagle brand name is the low cost line of ammunition manufactured by Federal, one of the largest U.S. ammo companies. American Eagle ammo generally gives good performance for value priced "shooter grade" ammunition.
The American Eagle brand ammunition is all brass cased and uses standard Boxer primers, so it can be reloaded by the home reloader.
This load closely replicates the original military loading for this cartridge. It uses a 230 grain bullet, with a Full Metal Jacket, and according to company literature reaches a velocity of 850 fps out of a 5" test barrel.
This is a "hardball" load best suited for target shooting and practice. While I've found it to have acceptable accuracy for informal target shooting, I wouldn't recommend it for serious competitive shooting, like that done in NRA Bullseye competition.
While there are other bullet weights and bullet designs available in this caliber, the standard 230 gr load is a good choice for target shooting or "action pistol" type competition.
One benefit of the 230 gr FMJ load is that the bullet length, bullet shape and full-metal jacket all contribute to reliable feeding in semi-automatic pistols. This is especially important for 1911 pattern pistols as they tend to be more "finicky" in ammo selection then other designs.
A 230 gr FMJ load is also a good choice for old military surplus 1911A1 .45 ACP pistols. As the military guns were designed before modern JHP loads were available they tend to work best with loads that most closely replicate the bullet shape and weight of the original military load.
I've used the American Eagle .45 Auto load in my STI Spartan 1911 pattern pistol and it has run as well in that gun as any other "hardball" load I've tried.
The only problem I've noticed with the American Eagle ammo is that, like other value priced ammunition, it tends to be dirtier then the higher end ammunition. I attribute this to the less expensive propellants used in the ammunition. In practice as long as I clean my pistol after every range session it has not been a problem.
I tend to alternate between two or three brands of ammunition in this caliber depending on what I can get cheapest at the time. The American Eagle stuff works as well as any of them.
Here are my other ammunition reviews.
Personal defense ammo for semi-auto pistols:
Winchester Ranger SXT RA9TA 9mm Luger 127 gr +P+ is a top defensive load
Federal C9BP 9x19mm 115 gr JHP is a great standard pressure defensive load
Winchester 9mm Luger 115 gr Silvertip is a good standard pressure load
Winchester .45 ACP 230 gr JHP for target shooting or self-defense
Personal defense ammo for revolvers:
Speer .38 Special +P 135 gr GD SB - Ammo for snub revolvers
Winchester .38 Special +P 125 gr Silvertips are not for Werewolves
Winchester .38 Special 110 gr Silvertips is a good standard pressure load
Blazer .357 Magnum JHP's for inexpensive target shooting with Magnum Force
Economical target ammo:
Blazer 9mm pistol ammo: Blaze away with cheap bulk ammo for target practice
Winchester White Box 9mm 115 gr FMJ ammo is good, cheap target ammo
Remington UMC Mega Pak 9mm ammo is good bulk ammo
Blazer Brass 9mm 115 gr FMJ is good, cheap ammo for shooters on a budget
Sellier & Bellot 9mm Luger ammunition - An OK plinking round
Federal American Eagle 9mm 115 gr FMJ is good, economical bulk target ammo
Winchester White Box 9mm FMJ ammo is 50 rounds of good, cheap practice ammo
American Eagle 9mm 147gr FMJ FP for target shooting
Winchester Win Clean 9mm bulk ammo for lead free target shooting
American Eagle 9mm 147 gr TMJ ammo reduces the risk of heavy metal poisoning
Blazer .45 Auto pistol ammo for 1911 pistols or other .45 ACP guns
American Eagle .45 Auto (.45 ACP) for the classic American 1911 pistol
The Winchester .45 ACP 230 gr FMJ load is a good budget ammo choice
Blazer Brass .45 ACP 230 gr ammo is good, inexpensive fodder for semi-auto pistols
American Eagle .45 ACP 230 gr TMJ ammo reduces toxic chemical exposure
9x18mm Makarov FMJ ammo by American Eagle for the pistol of the Russian Bear
Wolf Military Classic 9x18mm Makarov ammo - Avoid at all costs
American Eagle .38 Special 130 gr FMJ ammo for revolver shooters
American Eagle .38 Special 158 gr LRN: Good cheap ammo for revolver shooters
Winchester .38 Special FMJ Q4171 - You can do better
Winchester Super-X .22 LR target ammo for .22 plinking