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What SD ammo is loaded up in your .45?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by happyguy, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    I am going to start carrying a .45 1911 again and I have 230 grain Gold Dot, 230 +P Corbon w/the old Sierra bullet, Hornady 230 +P TAP FPD, 230 +P Gold Dot, 165 +P Power Ball, 230 +P HST, and 230 grain Winchester Ranger available to choose from.

    I am not opposed to buying something else if it comes more highly recommended than what I have on hand.

    Help me narrow it down please.

    Regards,
    Comrade Happyguy :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
  2. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Good to hear your going to start back with the 45acp... Sound wisdom ! ;)

    If it is "factory ammo" I like 230gr GD's bonded, and 230gr Ranger T, Bonded, and then the 230gr XTP Tap.

    My EDC most of the time "when in a town" is hand loaded 230gr XTP's at about 907fps out of the G36, but mostly carry my M1911.





    Hey good luck amigo
    Stay Safe!





    CanyonMan
     


  3. M 7

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  4. Scott30

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    230 grain Gold Dot or Golden Sabre. I trust the expansion on either one.
     
  5. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    Why the XTP over the others? I have a good supply of the +P version and the box says 950 fps.

    Regards,
    Comrade Happyguy :)
     
  6. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    Why is that? Because of the expansion? Would you be concerned about penetration if you were using this round?

    Regards,
    Comrade Happyguy :)
     
  7. Redstate

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    I make the assumption that this is a 5" full size. If it were me, it would be the standard pressure Gold Dot 230 or the Ranger T 230. I see no need for +p in a full size 1911, or for that matter in my G36 (makes for harsher recoil). In fact, what I carry in my full size 1911, if and when I carry it, is the standard pressure 230 Gr. Gold Dot. In my Glock 36, I carry 230 Gr. Ranger T.
     
  8. M 7

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  9. wdp

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    I would't want to be on the receiving end of any of the aformentioned. I load my G30 with 180gr. Critical Defense. From all the vids I've seen this bullet gets great penetration, expansion and weight retention.
     
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  10. Saugus

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    I second that thought.
     
  11. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    My P220 is my HD gun. I have a TLR-1 on it. I do not shoot +P in .45, just my preference.

    At the moment I have it loaded with 230g Gold Dots.

    I have a few boxes each of the Gold Dot, 230g HST, and 230g Ranger. It doesn't make much difference to me which one its loaded with. I think those three are equally capable.
     
  12. firefighter4215

    firefighter4215

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    That's what I carry in my 1911.
     
  13. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    Yes, all my 1911's are full size. Thanks for the thoughts.

    Regards,
    Comrade Happyguy :)
     
  14. digilo

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    Hornady 230 gr XTP +P


    this was the only jhp the range had in stock
    otherwise Gold Dots or PDX1
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
  15. Kalmah

    Kalmah Supreme Member

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    230 gr Ranger T.

    I'd have no problem whatsoever carrying Gold Dots or HSTs, but I just happen to have a large stash of Rangers, so that's what I use.
     
  16. F350

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    Cor-Bon 185gr DPX. This is the Barnes all copper hunting bullet; from all the test reports I read is (IMHO) the best penetrating/expanding bullet available, goes through auto windshields with minimal deflection and still expands in gelatin, goes through sheet rock and still expands, penetrates a motorcycle jacket and multiple layers of denim and still expands; no jacket-core separation, opens into 6 pedals and nearly double diameter. It is loaded in everythin the wife and I carry including my .45.