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45 ACP self defense loads?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by GoonGlock21, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. ronin.45

    ronin.45

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    POW'R BALL

    Feeds in anything and expands completely 100% of the time.

    It's better than the stinkeye:wow: of an Italian grandmother:supergrin:
     
  2. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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  3. HWA GLOCKER

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  4. Not sure what a "putem down factor" is, but pick one of these which functions best in your gun and practice as much as you can afford.

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=19887

     
  5. OKCShooter

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    I 'sparly' a cross between sparingly and barely? I love new words.
     
  6. Cineski

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    FMJ in 45 does just fine, but I use Federal HST's.
     
  7. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    in a full sized .45acp i have no problem with any major brand 230gr. H.P. standard pressure loading.
     
  8. Just saw that Hornady is expanding their Critical Defense line to include .45 acp. I may have to run a few boxes of those through my Colt. They feed very well in all of my 9mms.
     
  9. SagKC

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    Winchester Ranger-T RA45T for me...clean and consistent.
     
  10. 2C1H

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    HST's hands down. There are plenty of reports to back this up. http://le.atk.com/general/irl/woundballistics.aspx

    Since I can't find them anywhere, I went with Winchester bonded PDX1 230 gr. (good enough for the FBI)

    Third would be Gold dots from Double tap ammo.
     
  11. azdick

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    Speer Gold Dot 230's and Speer Lawman 230's for range ammo. The Lawman 230's are designed to match the recoil and POA of the GD's for a lot less $$. This combo has worked flawlessly in both my 21 and 30. The cor-bon dpx is supposed to be the most accurate, but I haven't been able to get my hands on any yet.
     
  12. Gabby

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    230 gr ball (Winchester White Box) feeds reliably, allows quick recovery for a second shot, and will poke holes in heavy winter clothing, something some JHP's may have a problem with.
     
  13. ROOFTOP-SPECIAL

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    Not in 45, especially if you're shooting a bonded hollow point such at Gold Dots, etc.

    I have heard of people carrying FMJ's in the winter if they are carrying a .380 but 45 would'nt have a problem with winter clothing.
     
  14. LEAD

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    Maybe it'll feed in anything, but it has a hard time keeping its jacket.
    For Cor-Bon stick to the non-gimmick rounds and you'll be good.

    I like corbon DPX, CCI speer gold dot, Federal HSTs and Winchester Ranger Ts. The OPs g21 wont have problems with any of these, as mine dosn't.
     
  15. GunFighter45ACP

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    currently, my .45s are loaded w/Hornady TAP 230gr +Ps
     
  16. allen.m

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    Where can you find 230gr HST's, I have looked with no luck at all
     
  17. Bowtie

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  18. GoonGlock21

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    Thanks for all the help fellas. i got some gold dot +p 230gr and some dpx +p 185 gr
    going to run some through the 21 and see how it goes. sorry to all you english teachers, next time i will get a dictionary
    Thanx Goon
     
  19. fredj338

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    There are few poor choices in JHP fo rthe 45acp. What ever you decide, you MUST test them in YOUR pistol. Regardless of what anyone tells you works for them, it must work in your pistol. I suggest a minimum of one 25rd box of each brand you can find. If they all go bang from all your full carry mags, then they should be good to go. If you have three carry mags, then buy more ammo. It must be 1005 reliable or the "best performing" JHP means nothing.
     
  20. High_Sierra

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    Federal HST 230gr +p is what I feed my Glock. The HSTs are by far one of the best rounds I ever tested and my Glock 21 eats them like candy.

    I have about 200 rounds of it left from when it actually was available, but it is next to impossible to find these days.