Which .45 acp round?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by jetflier1989, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. I have a chance on a deal for 180 rounds of Corbon 230gr +P HP (not DPX) or 200 rounds of Hornady XTP 230gr +P. I can't afford both. I want to use them for hunting hogs, maybe backup SD and HD from a G30sf. Which one should I buy? Anybody familar with any of these rounds? Thanks.

    EDIT: Based on the responses below I'm going to buy the XTP's for PD, HD only as they are a good deal and look into a different non HP round for the hogs. I trust the advice on here and I am still not too old to learn. Thanks.

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    #1 jetflier1989, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
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  3. Jetflier1989,

    I am not familiar with the Corbon 230g +P HP however I am with the Hornady 230g XTP +P HP round.

    I have tested the Hornady rounds out for myself and found them to be very consistent and extremely accurate out of my G21, from 7 yards out to 25 yards.
    Hornady "Custom" Ammunition
    230g XTP HP +P
    Velocity - Box listed @ 950 fps / 887.6 fps my 5 shot average @ 75 degrees
    Standard Deviation - 6.58027
    OAL - 1.230"

    Here is another test conducted with there Hornady rounds;


    Good luck.

    #2 Kentguy, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  4. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    They have a long-standing reputation for fine high-velocity cartridges. :cool:
  5. Hog hunting would require lot's of penetration, I'd go with the XTP personally.
  6. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    You got that right, pal. Hog hide is tough. :cool:
  7. I do not think you could go wrong with either load. CB at one time loaded the XTP bullet and after that the Gold Dot as well as Sierra. You may want to look to see what bullet the CB's are loaded with.
  8. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle


    I would prefer a whole different set up for hogs, BUT since this is what your asking about, I would go with the XTP. They get really great penetration, and if ya just got to use a G30 and HP's, that would, IMO, be the best of the two loads you ask about.

    Also for SD on 2 legged stuff, The 230gr XTP, and the WW 230gr PDX1 are both great rounds.. Both get great penetration !

    Good luck.

  9. Neither. Why would you hunt hogs with JHPs? I would get some +P FMJs or some +P semi wad cutters, like those from Buffalo Bore or similar. You want penetration, not expansion.
  10. Thanks guys. I responded on my original post. Check above.
  11. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    For whatever you select for SD, let's hope that you won't have to use it.
  12. If you are looking for a top quality 230 grain FMJFP check out the Buffalo Bore loading. It is a +P. Double Tap just came out with a Nosler FMJFP in 45 Auto as well. I have run the BB load in my Glock 36 and as well as DT 230 grain round nose. I have not tried their FP load yet.
  13. M 7

    M 7

    Between the two, I'd go with the XTP.

    It is a very tough bullet and well suited to hog hunting.
  14. I ended up with the XTP's yesterday. However I found some extra money and might grab the Corbon's too.

    But getting back to the hunting aspect...There seems to be two different schools of thought on it as far as with the use of certain hp's or going stricly with fmj rds. I guess the best way to find out is to call a few of the outfitters down in Florida where I plan to hunt. I'm sure there are guidelines set forth, for the hunters safety and the pig's humane as well?
  15. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    The CorBon 185gr JHP in .45 ACP is another very hot round.
  16. One thing about the 45 acp 230 grain flat point FMJ +P load is it is very close in power to the old 45 Colt standard loads. One would think they both would have similar penetration on game. It goes over 30 inches in wet newsprint compared to about 18 inches for the 230 XTP +P.
  17. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle


    Good thought there amigo... Hey pard how ya doin my good friend / ! ;)

    I was trying to stay away from "straying" off the question the OP ask, so I stayed with his two choices, and went XTP.

    BUT, everyone here who knows me, knows that I highly reccomend to him to go with a Hard Cast bullet.

    I am not highly familiar with all the factory offerings, because I reload my own. But as a former guide, I can say I would not suggest the 45acp for hogs in the first place, and n the second place, If I were to to it, (and I have done my share as well OP), I always load up a hard Cast bullet. A 225gr/255gr, HC bullet goes end to end through white tail, in a M1911 45acp. It does a good deal of damage on hogs, but not as good as it could, and there are better caliber choices) Get the heaviest HC bullet for that 45acp you can feed through it, (if you just 'have' to use it), and I assure you, you are in FAR better shape than a JHP.

    I merley answered your question (op) between your two choices, but, amigo the HC bullet is going to be your best bet in a 45acp or any caliber for that matter. !

    Buffalo Bore offers a 255gr HC bullet at 960fps in a 5" 1911.

    In your G30 with a heavier recoil spring you will be fine!

    Listen, In my little G36 I load 230gr XTP's at 907fps with the stock spring ! :wow: Got over 1500 rounds through it and never one burp of any kind, nor any damage to the gun.. I see no reason at all your G30 (and I have owned several of those) will not eat up that BB HC bullet, and especially with a 22# spring from Wolff ! NO problem !

    That is my 'best" suggestion to you, and based on experience. I answered your original question out of courtesy , but feel you would be best served to just forget the JHP's and frankly I would try and at least get a different caliber IMO, like 44mag. ;)

    Best of luck to you, and good hunting !

    #16 CanyonMan, Nov 18, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  18. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Getting the .45 ACP to perform like the old .45 Long Colt cartridge takes some doing. :cool:
  19. SCMasterBlaster... "Getting the .45 ACP to perform like the old .45 Long Colt cartridge takes some doing."

    well not exactly, These two factory loads, with respect to ballistics, are nearly identical;

    .45 ACP - 230 gr (15 g) Federal Hydra-Shok Velocity - 900 ft/s (270 m/s) Energy - 414 ft·lbf (561 J)

    .45 Colt - 230 gr (15 g) XTP Hornady velocity 969 ft/s (295 m/s) Energy 480 ft·lbf (650 J)

    Lots of load information these days out there to close the gap between these two cartridges.
  20. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Wow, the velocity on that second (XTP) load is awesome!
    #19 SCmasterblaster, Nov 19, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  21. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Who makes these loads?

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