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Hornady Critical Duty

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by UtahBassKicker, Feb 4, 2013.


  1. Stlbrian

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    According to the manufacturer critical duty is designed to operate in a full sized handgun.

    Critical defense meanwhile is specifically designed for shorter barreled CCW style weapons, such as the G23 that you and I carry.

    http://www.hornady.com/support/critical-duty-and-critical-defense

    I took the word of the folks that make the round and settled on the critical defense for mine.
     

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    ....only you seem to be arguing
     

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    I was very excited to find two boxes at a LGS and shot all of them through my G30SF and XDs. I don't know how they do in gelatin and don't care because the round was very snappy, recoil never bothered me until I tried this round and follow up shots came slow, best word I can describe this round is violent. I did not expect that and not sure why it's like that because the specs are on par with other +p ammo, I guess specs never tell it all.

    I will stick with PDX1 and TAP FPD.
     
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    That's right. The 9x19 round took decades to be acceptable, and only one failure to make it obsolete (The great Miami shootout)
     
  5. hunter 111

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    this ammo is good stuff
     
  6. hunter 111

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    you can stick with mild stuff

    violent recoil = effective === simple physics
     
  7. j3k

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    Underwood ammo is a better choice IMO. It is more likely to open up on a living organism. The extra velocity and higher energy will most likely create more trauma. It's cheaper too. Buffalo bore has a bonded version as well if that's important to you.
     
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    I carry the hornady Z-max Zombie round :rofl: which I believe is the same round with a green tip instead of red works great in my Glock 27
     
  9. happyguy

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    I carry 9BPLE in my P7 but it doesn't matter for squat unless I put them where they need to go.

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  10. rock_castle

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    My guess is if you find yourself in an SD situation and have to depend on the Critical Duty to stop the threat, it will perform just fine.
     
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    Those 9BPLE must heat up that P7 quick! :wow:
     
  12. happyguy

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    It's usually time to take a break after about 50 rounds or so, but when I go to the range I'm usually shooting the 115 grain FMJ stuff.

    Shooting the cheap stuff I can go about 100 rounds before I have to be careful where I place my trigger finger.

    Personally I find it a good check that keeps me from turning a practice session into a blasting session. The break helps me to keep the reason I went to the range in focus.

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  13. happyguy

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    The Shield is rated for SAAMI spec ammo and it was designed around the .40 S&W so I think it is probably a pretty robust design.

    Having said that, I have seen some pictures on the internet with fired cases that had some interesting bulges reminiscent of the early Glock .40's, but fired from Shield 9's and 40's. I think there may be some chamber issues with individual guns.

    I have shot a little +P+ 9BPLE out of mine and it functioned normally and the cases looked fine. The cases from my .40 looked fine also. That is why I think it may only be a problem with individual guns. Maybe Smith had a run of bad barrels in both calibers?

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  14. unit1069

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    I recall reading some threads about .40S&W Shield models blowing up but none about the 9mm version. Does the 9mm Shield manual state it's okay to shoot +P ammo or does it caution against it?
     
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    The Shield manual states that all SAAMI spec ammo is OK, but that use of +P ammo may require more frequent service.

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    Just call the Albuquerque, NM police department and ask them what they use (although they don't recommend one shot stops).
     
  17. Garweh

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    I carry Hornady CDuty in my P938. Had a chance to use it in a "bullets on vehicles" class at Sig Sauer Academy last weekend. Was the only self-defense round that would penetrate windshield and carry on a straight trajectory when shot from both inside and outside car. Very impressive.

    CDuty is a bonded round meant to penetrate obstacles. CDefense is not meant for duty carry.
     
  18. hunter won

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    I have used the non +P in my Kahr PM9 and would rely on the +P version. The 10 mm Critical Duty is very anemic.
    The bullet is probably not designed for high velocity.
     
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    I was referring to hollow point designs, but I agree, even if you were being sarcastic.
     
  20. unit1069

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    There's a SAAMI standard for 9mm but none for "+P" ammo advertised for .40S&W as far as I know.

    My reading of various forums didn't indicate anyone complaining about the 9mm Shield blowing up but have read more than a few about the .40S&W Shield doing that with hyped ammo.