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Old 02-21-2013, 16:58   #1
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What SD ammo is loaded up in your .45?

I am going to start carrying a .45 1911 again and I have 230 grain Gold Dot, 230 +P Corbon w/the old Sierra bullet, Hornady 230 +P TAP FPD, 230 +P Gold Dot, 165 +P Power Ball, 230 +P HST, and 230 grain Winchester Ranger available to choose from.

I am not opposed to buying something else if it comes more highly recommended than what I have on hand.

Help me narrow it down please.

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Old 02-21-2013, 17:09   #2
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I am going to start carrying a .45 1911 again and I have 230 grain Gold Dot, 230 +P Corbon w/the old Sierra bullet, Hornady 230 +P TAP FPD, 230 +P Gold Dot, 165 +P Power Ball, 230 +P HST, and 230 grain Winchester Ranger available to choose from.

I am not opposed to buying something else if it comes more highly recommended than what I have on hand.

Help me narrow it down please.

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Good to hear your going to start back with the 45acp... Sound wisdom !

If it is "factory ammo" I like 230gr GD's bonded, and 230gr Ranger T, Bonded, and then the 230gr XTP Tap.

My EDC most of the time "when in a town" is hand loaded 230gr XTP's at about 907fps out of the G36, but mostly carry my M1911.





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Old 02-21-2013, 17:11   #3
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I'd go with the 230 gr. +P HST.
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Old 02-21-2013, 17:12   #4
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230 grain Gold Dot or Golden Sabre. I trust the expansion on either one.
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Old 02-21-2013, 18:05   #5
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Good to hear your going to start back with the 45acp... Sound wisdom !

If it is "factory ammo" I like 230gr GD's bonded, and 230gr Ranger T, Bonded, and then the 230gr XTP Tap.

My EDC most of the time "when in a town" is hand loaded 230gr XTP's at about 907fps out of the G36, but mostly carry my M1911.





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Why the XTP over the others? I have a good supply of the +P version and the box says 950 fps.

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I'd go with the 230 gr. +P HST.
Why is that? Because of the expansion? Would you be concerned about penetration if you were using this round?

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Old 02-21-2013, 18:46   #7
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I make the assumption that this is a 5" full size. If it were me, it would be the standard pressure Gold Dot 230 or the Ranger T 230. I see no need for +p in a full size 1911, or for that matter in my G36 (makes for harsher recoil). In fact, what I carry in my full size 1911, if and when I carry it, is the standard pressure 230 Gr. Gold Dot. In my Glock 36, I carry 230 Gr. Ranger T.
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Why is that? Because of the expansion?
In part. Also because of its reliability through clothing.

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Would you be concerned about penetration if you were using this round?
Nope. It does quite well in tests like these-

http://www.ar15.com/ammo/project/Sel...rvsFederal.htm

and satisfies the FBI test protocols. That's what I look for. YMMV.
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Old 02-21-2013, 19:25   #9
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I would't want to be on the receiving end of any of the aformentioned. I load my G30 with 180gr. Critical Defense. From all the vids I've seen this bullet gets great penetration, expansion and weight retention.
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Old 02-21-2013, 19:28   #10
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I'd go with the 230 gr. +P HST.
I second that thought.
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Old 02-21-2013, 19:30   #11
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My P220 is my HD gun. I have a TLR-1 on it. I do not shoot +P in .45, just my preference.

At the moment I have it loaded with 230g Gold Dots.

I have a few boxes each of the Gold Dot, 230g HST, and 230g Ranger. It doesn't make much difference to me which one its loaded with. I think those three are equally capable.
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Old 02-21-2013, 19:31   #12
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I'd go with the 230 gr. +P HST.
That's what I carry in my 1911.
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Old 02-21-2013, 19:31   #13
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Old 02-21-2013, 19:35   #14
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I make the assumption that this is a 5" full size. If it were me, it would be the standard pressure Gold Dot 230 or the Ranger T 230. I see no need for +p in a full size 1911, or for that matter in my G36 (makes for harsher recoil). In fact, what I carry in my full size 1911, if and when I carry it, is the standard pressure 230 Gr. Gold Dot. In my Glock 36, I carry 230 Gr. Ranger T.
Yes, all my 1911's are full size. Thanks for the thoughts.

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HST 230 grain +P.
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Old 02-21-2013, 20:27   #16
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230 gr. Federal HST (not +P)
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Old 02-21-2013, 20:55   #17
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230grn HSTs first and Gold Dot second.
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Old 02-21-2013, 21:05   #18
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Hornady 230 gr XTP +P


this was the only jhp the range had in stock
otherwise Gold Dots or PDX1
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Old 02-21-2013, 21:22   #19
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230 gr Ranger T.

I'd have no problem whatsoever carrying Gold Dots or HSTs, but I just happen to have a large stash of Rangers, so that's what I use.
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Old 02-21-2013, 21:25   #20
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Cor-Bon 185gr DPX. This is the Barnes all copper hunting bullet; from all the test reports I read is (IMHO) the best penetrating/expanding bullet available, goes through auto windshields with minimal deflection and still expands in gelatin, goes through sheet rock and still expands, penetrates a motorcycle jacket and multiple layers of denim and still expands; no jacket-core separation, opens into 6 pedals and nearly double diameter. It is loaded in everythin the wife and I carry including my .45.
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My .45 is loaded with the Hornady 230 grain TAP +P. I have tested this load out and I like the combination of penetration and expansion. A good all round load.
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Old 02-21-2013, 22:23   #22
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Federal HST JHP, 230gr. Regular strength.
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Old 02-21-2013, 23:35   #23
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Federal HST 230 +P in my HK 45C.
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Golden Saber. Just because I still have some and they have been reliable in the past. Next might be Win. SXT or Fed. HST
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