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Best SD .45 cal ammunition

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Hubadub, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. This has probably been covered and recovered but I need informed information.I recently bought a Glock 36 and the gun shop owner threw in a box of 165 grain Powerball +P as a kicker.I have been told that Powerball isn`t all that great so my question is this.What is the best self defense ammunition for a .45?Your input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. JBP55

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    Gold Dot, Ranger T, PDX1, HST are very good.
     


  3. UnTainted

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    I like rounds with barnes bullets, but I don't yet own a 45. If I did, that's what I'd feed it
     
  4. YogiBearFan

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    I have a line on a decent amount of Hornady 45acp 230gr +P with the XTP bullet.
    (TAP-FPD)

    I am thinking of picking up a few boxes, but, before I do, I'd like to know if folks have heard/reported back good or bad results with it.
     
  5. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I use mostly 200+P Gold Dot, but also use the 185gr and 230gr Gold Dots too.
     
  6. drc767

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    230g Speer Gold Dot "Short Barrel" is what I would use in a G36. Proven design that works and is fairly easy to aquire.
     
  7. fredj338

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    The GoldDots are pretty much what everyone else tries to beat. HST, RangerT, RGS, HornadyXTP, 185gr-230gr, all are good, non +P for me in the small light guns. If you want more vel for expansion, drop a bullet wt. A 165gr anything in the 45acp is just too light IMO. They great thing about the 45acp, just about any 185gr-230gr JHP will work fine.
     
  8. DRT

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    Let's see....230gr +P HST or Ranger Tseries.
     
  9. f150man

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    I've used everything from 185gr JHP to 230gr JHP in std and +P loads, plus I carried 230gr ball ammo for years while in the military and never felt like I needed anything better.
     
  10. ctfireman

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    After watching a bunch of ammo test vids, i use pdx1.
     
  11. chewybaca67

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    Most 45 ACP hollow points will do the job very well. Some more expensive than others, but most, not all will work fine. Right now I like 230 grain Gold dots and Golden Sabers.
    Hell, even Hiydra Shoks work good in 45 ACP.
     
  12. Glock26z

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    I have a RIA .45 compact and I use the Hornady Critical Defense 230 grain in my RIA and my 625-8 S&W revolver. Glock26z, use to be known as 17z on forum. This Hornady round I use in my .45 RIA works like ball ammo and it is almost shaped like that also. Glock26z
     
  13. fredj338

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    WHen did Hornady start makiing 230grCD? I thought they only made it in 185gr?
     
  14. CanyonMan

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    Howdy fred !

    They (hornady) do NOT make a 45acp 230gr CD. They DO make a 45acp 185gr CD. Perhaps he made a typo. ;)


    Hope all is well with you amigo !




    CM
     
  15. fredj338

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    I'm good CM, I could complain, but wouldn't do me any good.:rofl: I would actuall give a 230grCD a try, but I don't think they make em.:dunno:
     
  16. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Yep, your sure right about the complaining ! Tried it, and it don't help a bit. :faint:

    Correct on the Hornady stuff. As I said, they do NOT make the CD in 230gr, only in 185gr.


    One day at a time amigo ! ;)




    CM
     
  17. BuckyP

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    It seems Gold Dots, SXTs, and HSTs are all very good options. The HSTs are very impressive, but were near impossible to find when I was shopping so I bought SXTs.
     
  18. CanyonMan

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    No secrect around here for me. But I do still prefer my 230gr ball in 45acp But I have come to the place after a very long time, to add two more to the list, and now I am done ! The 230gr Hornady TAP FPD and the Winchester PDX1 which is second after the ball ammo, and may even move to first, :whistling: but I doubt it. :supergrin:

    Quick Cell phone pics:


    Left to right: 45acp 230gr ball. 45acp 230gr PDX1 (center). 45acp 230gr Hornady XTP TAP FPD.

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    L-R: 230gr PDX1, 230gr Ball, 230gr XTP TAP FPD
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    L-R; 230gr PDX1, 230gr Ball, 230gr XTP TAP FPD

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    Good shooting.



    CanyonMan
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2010
  19. dreis454

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    Which of the 2 hollowpoints is your favorite & why CM?