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G36 defensive rounds

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by istricky, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. istricky

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    Any suggestions what seems to work best as a defensive round for the G36?
     
  2. G26S239

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  3. captcurly

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    I have been using Speer 230gr Gold Dot Short Barrel and IMHO this round will do the job. I also use Speer Short Barrel ammo in J frame and G 26. This round was designed for short barrels and has less muzzle flash. Check out the ballistics on this ammo.
     
  4. emore

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    Gold Dots are hard to beat. Just pick your weight and then wait.
     
  5. istricky

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    The reason I am asking is that I have heard that I should use 185gr. vs. 230gr because the 230's beet up the springs & gun more.
     
  6. G26S239

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    230 are no harder on the gun than 185s.
     
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  8. BIG-DOG

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    230 gr Ranger T, HST or Speer GD, all non +P. They all work great in mine with beautiful expansion.
     
  9. istricky

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    I am not a balistics expert, so I guess my real question is...what beats up the G36 less, 230gr or 185gr? I have been told by my local GS that use 185gr. No problem with using either for accuracy or second shot, just putting this up to the knowledgable GT bloggers for some more info.
    Thanks! :faint:
     
  10. G26S239

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    The reason that I usually use the 185 is to keep the velocity up in the short barrel. Neither round will beat up your gun at all! Okay? It is a purpose built 45 ACP that will not ever get beat up using 45 ACP. I have no idea why you believe that your 36 will not handle 45 ACP.
     
  11. MNBud

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    I use Hornady 185GR XTP. Feeds reliably and certainly should get the job done.
     
  12. Deployment Solu

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    I run Corbon DPX in 185 and 160grs, depending on what I have the most of. Excellent performance. Total copper bullet. Excellent weight retention. Haven't had to use them in SD, but the testing is impressive. Yes, they are a bit spendy, but I am worth it!! LOL!!!!
     
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  13. elde

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    Agreed. The Barnes copper bullet that CorBon uses is excellent for both expansion and penetration. Second choice would be Gold Dots. I use 185gr exclusively in my 36 for the same reasons G26S239 mentioned above.

    http://www.shopcorbon.com/DPX-Handgun/200/200/dept
     
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  14. Olde School

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    I use Speer Gold Dot or Remington Golden Saber both in 230 gr.

    Both rounds function flawlessly (as does anything else I run through my G-36) and both are used by many LEA's in Florida including the agency I retired from.

    OS
     
  15. GLOCK17DB9

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    I am not a balistics expert, so I guess my real question is...what beats up the G36 less, 230gr or 185gr? I have been told by my local GS that use 185gr. No problem with using either for accuracy or second shot, just putting this up to the knowledgable GT bloggers for some more info.
    Thanks! 
    We must have heard this from the same GS in metro detroit. :dunno:
     
  16. Federal Hydra-Shok gr 230 Old school ammo that works.
     
  17. GLOCK17DB9

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    thanks i was just looking at that yesterday at my lgs and almost picked up a box. i will give it a go this week when i take my g36 out for her first run.