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Magtech 45 ACP Review

Magtech ammo is known for its reliability, reasonable price, and reloadability, but can the same be said for Magtech 45 ACP ammo from the Brazilian ammo manufacturer?

In this Magtech 45 ACP review, we aim to discover the truth about this ammo and help you decide if it's worth stocking up on or if you should stick with Winchester White Box.

Let's begin our journey in Brazil!

Magtech .45 ACP Overview

The Magtech Ammunition distribution center was founded in the USA in 1990 and is relatively new compared to established brands like Remington, Winchester, and Hornady.

Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) Global Ammunition is one of the largest ammunition manufacturers in the world, trailing only Vista Outdoors and Winchester owns Magtech.

CBC owns several other ammo manufacturers, including Sellier & Bellot in the Czech Republic and MEN in Germany. CBC ammunition is used worldwide by law enforcement agencies, United Nations peacekeepers, and NATO armed forces.

The Magtech ammo plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a state-of-the-art facility that makes all the components for the ammunition on-site.

Magtech makes its powder, Boxer primers, brass cases, and projectiles for its ammo and reloading. This allows Magtech to maintain strict quality control measures on its ammunition.

That's how they continue to produce high-quality rifle and handgun ammo, such as Magtech 45 ACP 230-grain FMJ.

Our Magtech .45 ACP Review

As far as range ammo is concerned, I have no brand loyalty. Punching holes in paper or ringing steel while target shooting doesn't require a specific brand loaded into my firearms. I'm happy as long as it's good ammo at a good price. Hence, I've shot a lot of different brands, including Magtech ammo, through my buddy's Glock.

I've never experienced any jams or misfires during target practice with this Boxer-primed FMJ ammunition.

The 230-grain full metal jacket has a little more kick than the Fiocchi 200-grain JHP, but it's comparable to 230gr Jacketed Hollow Points used for self-defense. So, if you're training for a personal defense situation and carry 230-grain bullets, these Magtech rounds should be a top choice.

Magtech 45 ACP Ammo

What Is It Best For?

Because Magtech ammo is manufactured outside of the USA and comes in at such a low price. Magtech is often compared to Blazer Brass, PMC, and Federal American Eagle, and shooters don't always consider it. Which is a mistake if you ask me.

This is great ammo for stockpiling for a fun day at the range because of the price, reliability, and non-corrosive nature of Magtech ammo. It's also great for reloading because Magtech uses high-quality Boxer-primed brass. So, not only can you get this ammo cheap, but you can extend the life of it by a couple of uses when reloading.


I don't have a lot of bad things to say about Magtech 45 ACP ammo as it's extremely reliable and rarely jams. However, I would primarily stick to range use for these rounds as they are not ideal for self-defense. Since these rounds fire FMC or FMJ bullets, they tend to over-penetrate in self-defense situations, unlike JHPs or soft-point bullets.

Pros and Cons

Even though we often have Magtech ammo in stock at Ammo.com, we strive to remain as unbiased as possible while writing these reviews. This is why we list the benefits and drawbacks of the ammo we review.

Below, you can find what I love and don't like about Magtech 45 Auto ammo.


  • It is inexpensive: comparable to other bulk ammo
  • High-quality: very few shooters report misfires
  • Reliable: jams happen, but not very often with these rounds
  • Accurate: the bullets hit where you're aiming


  • FMJs are not a good choice for self-defense ammo
  • Must buy like 45 ACP bulk ammo to get the most significant discount


For all the statisticians and numbers lovers, I've taken the liberty to gather the general specs for 45 ACP bullets and rounds. We will discuss the ballistics of Magtech 45 ACP rounds in a section below.

Magtech 45 ACP Cartridge Specifications


While I've only shot Magtech .45 Auto 230gr FMJs, Magtech manufactures a few different types of 45 ACP ammo, such as

  • 45 Auto 230gr FMJ-SWC
  • 45 Auto 230gr FMJ
  • 45 Auto 230gr FEB
  • 45 Auto+P 230gr JHP Guardian Gold

Ballistics of Magtech .45 ACP Bullets

Below are the ballistics for the four most common Magtech 45 Auto rounds.

Note: This information comes from the manufacturer and is only informational. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load.

45 ACP 230gr FMJ-SWC

Magtech 45 ACP 230gr FMJ-SWC Ballistics table

45 ACP 230gr FMJ

Magtech 45 ACP 230gr FMJ Ballistics table

45 ACP 230gr FEB

Magtech 45 ACP 230gr FEB Ballistics table

45 Auto+P 230gr JHP Guardian Gold

Magtech 45 Auto+P 230gr JHP Guardian Gold Ballistics table

Parting Shots

Now that you've finished reading this Magtech 45 ACP review, you understand why shooters are not afraid to load these rounds into their Colt 1911s for a day of plinking at the range. Magtech 45 ACP ammo is high-quality yet sold at an affordable price.

Go ahead and check Ammo.com for all your ammo needs, especially Magtech 45 ACP.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, the team at Ammo.com has gathered and answered some of the most commonly asked questions about Magtech 45 Auto ammo.

Is the Magtech .45 ACP worth buying?

Yes, Magtech .45 ACP is worth buying. It's high-quality range ammo at an affordable price.

What is the range of Magtech .45 ACP?

The range of Magtech .45 ACP is similar to other 45 Auto rounds. Twenty-five yards is where most shooters max out, but it's capable of shooting 100 yards in the hands of a skilled marksman.

Wes Littlefield
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