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Best SD ammo for 36

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Hubadub, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Hi folks,I`m totally new to .45 cal. handguns and have just purchased a model 36. Can anyone tell me the best self defense round for this handgun? I bought some 165 gr.Powerball +p when I bought the gun and I was wondering what is really best.It seems that all the ballistic tests used a 5 inch barrel and as the 36 has a 3.78 in. barrel,I was wondering what was the best round.Any suggestions? Thanks to all.

  2. Yes,the DPX ammunition is a formidable round indeed.
  3. Snapper2


    Feb 22, 2008
    s.east Texas
    I have a g30 and have run wet pack test.Dpx penetrates good and expands every time. My next favorite is 230gr ranger t. But all the major brands will work as long as you are accurate with them. That should matter the most.
  4. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    My G36 devours everything I put down its throat. What ever you use make sure it is reliable in your gun, and acurate as well. You ask. Mine (all my 45's short barrel to 5") all carry 230gr XTP-TAP, and 230gr ball ammo.

    Choice is yours. I do suggest staying with a 230gr rd.

    Good luck
    enjoy your gun.

  5. ABNAK


    Apr 22, 2005
    I have 230gr HST +P's in mine. It will get your attention when firing it! If I was shooting IDPA or IPSC and was concerned about follow-up times I might step it down, but for close range self defense I feel like those things would blow your spine out! :dunno:
  6. Brent10mm


    Apr 6, 2009
    Spo, W.A.
    My G36 is full of Win Ranger T's 230gr.

    here are some pics of bullets fired out of a G36 into a garbage can filled with water... quarter for reference


    Federal HST 230gr.

    speer max loads, blue dot, the top is 230gr, the bottom 200gr.
  7. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002

    Nice pics Brent.

  8. pitt1011


    Mar 31, 2009
    Nice pics for reference.

    IMO, I liked Speer Gold Dot 230 grn when I carried a G36
  9. acpd442


    Nov 15, 2007
    Coastal, SC
    I stoke mine with 230 gr Hydra Shoks as per dept. policy. Would like to carry some of the Gold Dot rounds or some of the other rounds listed above. Good choice on you Home defense piece though. I love mine to death. Compact and very comfortable to carry IWB all day.