Pros: An economical choice that uses reloadable cases.
Cons: Leaves a dirty residue in your gun.
The Winchester USA .45 ACP 230 gr FMJ load is part of the "Winchester White Box" line of value priced ammunition.
The .45 ACP dates back to before WWI and has developed a strong cult following in the U.S. Origially developed for the military 1911 pistol, which has since been largely replaced by the 9mm Beretta, the .45 ACP round remains an extremely popular round with civilian shooters for general target shooting, competition, and self defense use.
The Winchester .45 ACP 230 gr FMJ round reproduces the origianl load for this cartridge. It uses a 230 bullet encased in a Full Metal Jacket. This load uses brass cases and standard Boxer primers. This means that fired cases can be economically reloaded by the home hobbyist reloader.
This is a "hardball" load best suited for informal target shooting and practice. It is a good choice for use in "action pistol" type competition where bullet momentum is needed to knock down steel targets. It is accurate enough for those uses, but it not suitable for events like NRA Bullseye Competition that require extremely accurate loads.
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 Winchester .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 downside to this load is that, like all other economy priced ammo, it does use a less expensive propellent. This means that this load will leave more grit and residue in the pistol then a load, such as a premium defensive round, that uses a more expensive propellent.
Like all the other loads in the Winchester White Box line, this Winchester .45 ACP load is a good choice for shooters on a budget.
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 JHP's 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
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