|For an overview of .45 ammunition types, see .45 caliber.|
The .45 Auto is an effective pistol cartridge for use against soft, unarmored targets. It combines accuracy and good stopping power, with low visibility and moderate recoil. It has earned itself an almost legendary reputation as a man-stopper, ever since its first introduction in the early 20th century. Among the Mormons of New Canaan, it was the ammunition of their signature weapon, the .45 Auto pistol. After the completion of Honest Hearts, the ammunition type will also begin appearing in the base game traders inventories (Gun Runners, Cliff Briscoe, Mick & Ralph's etc.).
Standard, +P and super .45 Auto rounds can be crafted at a reloading bench. A single cartridge requires the following ingredients:
Powder, pistol (8)
.45 auto rounds (1)
Powder, pistol (10)
.45 auto, +P (1)
Powder, pistol (12)
.45 super (hand load) (1)
Breaking down a .45 Auto round yields:
.45 Auto rounds (1)
Powder, pistol (8)
Weapons using this ammunition
.45 Auto, +P
Overpressure .45 Auto ammunition has larger powder loads, allowing it to perform better against a variety of targets. As the round is fired at a higher velocity, it has better stopping power and negates enemy protection well. Available from vendors, it can also be crafted by a talented gunsmith with patience and skill. They tend to put more stress on the weapon and wear it down faster than regular rounds.
.45 Auto, hollow point
Federal Cartridge hollow point bullets feature a hollowed out shape at the tip of the bullet, causing the bullet to expand upon impact, delivering more kinetic energy to the target and disrupting tissue more extensively. However, this same property also leads to reduced penetrative power, as the bullet will be stopped by armor more easily due to its properties.
.45 super (hand load)
Talented hand loaders can load .45 Auto rounds like the pre-War Southern Cartridge did. The Wildcat .45 Super has very large powder loads, close to proof rounds, and skirts the edge of safety when it comes to the stress it puts on the weapon. However, these rounds are excellent in combat, offering 20% higher damage and armor penetration than regular rounds.
|- Ammunition type||- Weapon Spread modifier|
|- Weapon Damage modifier||- Ammo bonus effects|
|- Target Damage Threshold modifier||- Ammo is craftable|
|- Weapon Condition modifier||- Percentage chance of empty casing, hull or drained cell/pack/tank|
|.45 Auto, standard||x 1||x 1||x 1||x 1||% chance?|
|.45 Auto, +P||x 1.1||- 2||x 1.2||x 1||% chance?|
|.45 super (hand load)||x 1.3||- 4||x 2.5||x 1||% chance?|
|.45 Auto, hollow point||x 1.75||x 3||x 1||x 1||% chance?|
- The Great Khan armorer and Quartermaster Bardon will stock huge amounts of this ammunition and its casings after the completion of Honest Hearts. Bardon is especially reliable, as he will usually have over 1200 regular and over 200 +P.
- Sold by most suppliers who deal in weapons, such as the Gun Runners, Cliff Briscoe, Mick & Ralph's, etc.
- The .45 Auto round is the only type of ammunition to have different ammunition box models for the different ammunition variants.
- This type of ammo is limited to vendors outside of Zion.
- .45 Auto rounds are one of only two ammunition types that can be broken down into exactly the same number of materials needed for their construction, the other being rockets.
Behind the scenes
.45 Auto weapons were specifically created for Honest Hearts, and were not intended to be included in the base game.
- Fallout: New Vegas 10th Anniversary Charity Stream (reference starts at 3:50:42)
Joshua Sawyer: "'Did I intend for .45 weapons to be in the vanilla game?' No, no. Those were added specifically for Honest Hearts. I mean, like, they're cool, but no, I never planned on them being in the base game."