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.45ACP self defence loads!!

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by J_P, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. J_P

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    Whats up guys, I just picked up my first .45 and I am looking to purchase some self defence loads. I've done my research and have made of my mind on what brand I am going to purchace Speer Gold Dots (same brand for my 9mm), not sure what bullet weight I want yet.... still deciding. Ive seen +p load for .45acp and I was wondering if this is necessary for a good .45 defence load. I also wanted to ask what JHP loads you more experienced .45acp guys are useing.
     
  2. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

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    Mostly, I use a 200gr Lead semi-wadcutter.

    Accurate as heck. Low recoil. Cuts pretty holes in paper and nasty tearing holes in 'tissue'.
     

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  3. Edmo01

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    I would recommend standard pressure 230 grain Speer Gold Dots. After you choose your ammo, function check it in your pistol.

    Edmo
     
  4. JBL13

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    This is what I use in my G21SF.
     
  5. Manimal

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    Not to hijack OP's thread but where is the best place to buy the 230 grain Gold Dots, I am having a hard time finding them?
     
  6. eclark53520

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    My Gander Mountain has them...


    I also use 230gr Speer Gold Dot's.
     
  7. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Great bullet, but you just aren't going to have success shooting them out of Glocks (not sure what you shoot). I shoot a heck of a lot of 230 lead truncated cone boolits I cast in the garage. Good penetration, and a little more smack to it than round nose.
     
  8. fredj338

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    Just about any std pressure 200-230grJHP form a major manuf is going to work in the 45acp. The better loads start w/ the Speer GD, HST, RangerT, Rem RGS. Little is gained by +P loads in the 45 but add'l. recoil IMO.
     
  9. Little Joe

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    http://mahsupplies.net/
     
  10. MN-glock27

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  11. JK-linux

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    I have 3 boxes left of Doublte Tap 200gr +P GD from about 2008. Very hot IMHO. I also have a ton of 230gr Speer GD as well. The DT GD is a bit "spicy" out of my G30, so I generally keep the Speer 230 gr GD in it. The 1911 always has 200gr +P DT GD in it, and doesn't feel recoil heavy in the least. I do hear that the DT ammo is running a bit cooler these days, so I'm not sure if that makes it hotter or cooler than Speer 200gr GD? Try them all and shoot what feels right.
     
  12. chasbo00

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    Below is a good list to choose from. Check out the link too - lots of good information that's not just opinion.

    .45ACP

    Barnes XPB/TAC-XP 185gr HP loaded by:
    Cor-Bon (DPX45185)
    Taurus (TCB45ACP185HP)
    Winchester Ranger-T 230gr JHP (RA45T)
    Winchester Ranger-T 230gr JHP +P (RA45TP)
    Federal Tactical 230gr JHP (LE45T1)
    Federal HST 230gr +P JHP (P45HST1)
    Federal HST 230gr JHP (P45HST2)
    Speer Gold Dot 230 gr JHP (23966)

    http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ/index.htm#.45ACP
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  13. RWBlue

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    Based on all the testing, I suggest finding a premium brand that you shoot well in your Gun. They are all trying to do the FBI test.

    I would suggest going bonded, but I didn't and I am not concerned. I went with Federal HST 230gr +P JHP (P45HST1). I bought enough of it that I don't expect to be buying self defense ammo for 10-20 years.
     
  14. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    http://www.ammunitiontogo.com

    Usually has them in 50rd boxes for a decent price. I hate to pay shipping, but if you dont have a shop that sells 50rd boxes its your best bet.

    If they dont have them today, check back in a day or two. Their inventory changes daily.
     
  15. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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  16. J_P

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    Thanks for the replys guys it was very helpful
     
  17. K.Kiser

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    For what it's worth I'd probabaly shoot 230 gold dots, but I wouldn't turn down anything I could shoot well barring the lighter loads under 200 grains... Shot placement and follow up shot ability is what will bring you home safely...
     
  18. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

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    Not a Glock.
    Wilson Combat 4" M1911

    And my big ol' M625 revolver.....
     
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  19. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    LSWC's and 1911's are like peas and carrots. :thumbsup: