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185 gr 45 ACP Silvertips

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by IDCG, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Hello Mas

    Would like to know your opinion on this round.

    Looking for something that's effective but won't overpenetrate.

    Thanks.

    Ira
     
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    Back in the day, the .45 Silvertip was a very popular police round. I've known multiple officers who used it successfully to achieve instant stops that saved their lives and the lives of others. Recoil is lighter than most 230 grain police/defense loads.

    Dick Fairburn's study did indicate it was slightly less effective than some other loads, IIRC, and it has been superseded by the assorted 230 grain high-tech hollow points, for the most part.

    It does have slightly less penetration than the latter, and if your personally identified needs make reduced penetration a particular concern, it would certainly be a viable choice.

    Best,
    Mas