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PDX1 or Gold Dot .40 s$w

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Ga 24, Mar 12, 2012.

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  1. Ga 24

    Ga 24

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    I just picked up a Glock 23. This is my first .40 pistol. I hear really good things about gold dot and pdx1. In your opinion is one any better then the other or just go with whats cheaper? I'm looking at 165 grain.
     

  2. I use PDX1 in my G23.

    From Winchester's website:
    If the FBI chose it as their primary service round, it must be good.
     
  3. cowboy1964

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    Unless you can find 50 round boxes of PDX1 then save a lot of money and go with the Gold Dots.
     
  4. Its not your choice of ammo I have issue with, its the idea of choosing self defense ammo based on price. I could understand wanting to save money on range ammo. For SD, I would not choose based on price. Otherwise, might as well trade in that Glock for a Jennings or Bryco or whatever. I'm not saying either brand is better, just don't use price as a basis to choose something you will be using to save your life.
     
  5. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    Gold Dot is every bit as good if not better than any other handgun ammo on the market. I wouldn't base my choice solely on price, but there is really no need to buy ultra expensive boutique ammo in 20rd boxes such as Zombie Max, Powerball, and Critical Defense. These are gimmicks for the civilian market. The reason GD, HST, and Ranger come in 50rd boxes is because a lot of LE issue/carry them.

    To answer the OP's question, I carry 230gr Gold Dots in my .45s, 165gr Gold Dots in my .40s, and 130gr PDX-1 +P in my .38s. Hard to beat either one, pick whatever your gun shoots best.

    I might be wrong on this but I believe the PDX-1 is just the 20rd civilian box of Winchester Ranger-T.
     
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  6. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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  7. linuxi

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    Ranger T = non-black Black Talon
    Ranger Bonded = PDX1
     
  8. TSAX

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    They are both quality rounds can't go wrong with either






    :50cal:
     
  9. cadillacguns

    cadillacguns Millennium Member

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    Both are proven manstoppers, used by civilian and Federal law enforcement, like TSA said......."you couldn't go wrong with either".
     
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  10. Ga 24

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    Thanks for the input everyone. I was wanted the Gold Dots originally but when I bought my gun and I was looking at ammo, the gun salesman was talking about the pdx-1 and I hadn't really heard of it. He was saying the FBI has adopted this round but i know they were using Gold Dots at one time. He said they are both quality round and so began my research.
     
  11. cowboy1964

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    When everything else is equal, price is the deciding factor. And Gold Dot is every bit as good as (and I believe better) than PDX1. Much more street history, for example.
     
  12. G21MAN

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    :tongueout:A guy on this forum posted a Gold dot 165 grain ammo test where the round did not expand in the gel. This is the only Gold dot that I have ever seen this with. Why not go with the 180 grain Gold dot? The .40 was designed for 180 grain running at 980 fps. The PDX1's have no street record.
     
  13. Ga 24

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    I chose 165 gr because at the range i seem to shoot the lighter bullet a little more accurately. I normallyprefer heavier bullets. I seen that video of the gold dot that didn't expand.
     
  14. Glockbuster

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8dezgRVqs0&list=PLE8F6382529FB5C51&index=28&feature=plpp_video"].40 Speer Gold Dot 165 gr JHP Gel Ammo Test - YouTube[/ame]

    :cool:
     
  15. NEOH212

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  16. MNSurvival

    MNSurvival EDC Enthusiast

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    My preference in my EDC Glock 23 are 165gr PDX1's. However there is a solution to getting PDX'1 very cheap, and that is buying the FBI overrun "Winchester White Box Bonded". I know a lot of people do not like cheaperthandirt, but I really like stocking up on the stuff when it is $16.00 /50 rd box. Compared to $20.00-$25.00 for 20/rd boxes.

    The only difference is the PDX1's have a nickel plated finish, the White box is standard brass.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. 1911ES

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    I have had great luck with all ... the Hornady FTX, Gold Dots, and the Ranger. I have them for each of the calibers I use.

    I give a slight edge to the Ranger, which of course is the highest priced... but it kicks butt.... :thumbsup: