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G36 and carry load

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Tackleberry90, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Can someone please point me to a thread where there are discussions of G36 carry loads?? I have searched and cannot seem to find the right combination. I am carrying 230 GS right now. Anyone have any chrony on 230 loads from this short barrell?
  2. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    Any contemporary JHP in 230-gr or 200-gr should serve you well. Numbers are nice, but performance is better. Most popular choices are the Winchester Rangers and Federal HST's.

  3. Milezenji


    Jun 21, 2009
    Sorry, I don't have numbers for you.

    But, like DannyR said, most use Rangers or Federal. GS are not bad either. I use 230gr +P Rangers :supergrin:

    I carry them in my G36...
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  4. kindaclever1


    Dec 15, 2009
    Louisville, KY
  5. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    The G36 has a 3.78" barrel.

    My 4513TSW has a 3.75" barrel.

    I carry the same defensive ammunition in my 4513TSW as I carry in my 5", 4 1/2", 4 1/4", 3 1/2" & 3 1/4" .45's. At the moment it's either RA45T T-Series 230gr or Rem GS (non-bonded) 230gr (because those loads were available at no cost to me). It's been other good quality modern hollowpoints upon occasion, like the standard pressure Speer GDHP 230gr load, and sometimes even a couple of the less modern JHP's when that's all I had at hand at the time. Given my choice I much prefer the modern hollowpoints which have benefited from research & design intended to meet modern LE and private owner defensive needs.

    I do have a quantity of RA45TP 230gr +P loads which I put back for occasional use in my larger and/or heavier .45's (the price was right), but I'm not particularly interested in .45 +P nowadays, not with the performance available in some of the better standard pressure modern loads.

    You ought to be able to find one or another of the modern hollowpoints made by one of the major American manufacturers in a quantity affordable enough to allow you to function test them in your gun, when it's being fired in your hands, to confirm reliability. Personally, I like to check random rounds from each production lot I end up using to confirm proper feeding & functioning in my guns, and then I put back the remaining rounds to save for carry purpose.

    As Danny said, paper numbers are interesting to a lot of folks when it comes to discussion, but it's the actual consistency of good performance ... and reliable feeding & functioning in any particular gun ... that's arguably the bottom line.

    What can you find that fits your needs and feeds well in your G36?

    How well can you shoot them in your G36?

    Many G36 owners have reported finding that .45 loads at the higher end of the normal power range seem to offer them the desired functioning in their guns. In other words, avoiding low-powered budget loads might make for a more satisfying experience with your G36.

    There a LOT of threads about the G36 ...
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  6. Little Joe

    Little Joe

    Dec 28, 2007
    At The Ready
    I read about a test of Corbon DPX 185+P in which they tested it and some other top line rounds against 4 layers of denim and a leather jacket. It was the only one that fully expanded. I like that performance.

    I would have no problem using 200 or 230gr Gold Dots, Ranger, or HST, either. I'm going with the Corbon for now.


    Edit: To add link. It turns out our own Fastbolt posted in this thread.:supergrin:
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  7. NonPCnraRN


    Aug 6, 2010
    Beartooth 255 gr WFN loaded to 950 fps to duplicate the original blackpowder load for the Army in the Colt Model P. The WFN will make a larger wound than the original RNFP bullet used in the Colt. Why? I could use the gun as a semiauto version of John Taffin's PPP (Perfect Packing Pistol-usually a single action revolver) for the trail.
  8. For a long time I carried Gold short barrel ammo. I have since used it up. Now I am just stocking her with Ranger T's in 230 grain. I do not feel under gunned with it. Even if it does not expand it it still makes a big hole. I consider mine a close range bodyguard pistol. I am not going to shooting at long ranges so a slight loss of velocity really does not concern me. Shoot some of what you carry. Learn where to place the shots. And carry with confidence !

  9. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    First choice 'for me' in the G36:


    Second choice 'for me' in the G36:


    But, what the heck. These are my first and second choices in all my 45acp's ! :supergrin:

    Good shooting

    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  10. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    *sigh* I give up.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  11. tuica


    Apr 28, 2009
    Follow DannyR's advice, as he is the Oracle of all things .45ACP (or GAP) Good Luck.
  12. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002

    Come on cowboy, don't give up now amigo, it's just gettin good ! :tongueout:

    Good shooting

  13. Bill Keith

    Bill Keith

    Jan 3, 2006
    Humble, TX
    When I first got my G36, I shot a bunch of Fiocchi 230gr ball amoo through it. Fiochhi is good stuff, a bit stouter than the Fedreral, Winchester, and Remington IMHO. For the past 5 years, I have been carrying and have been real happy with Federal 230 gr Hydra-Shok JHP. It shoots good and I've found it expands well, at least in wet Houston phone books! The nickel cases don't tarnish, there isn't a whole lot of bright muzzle flash in low light either...:dunno: