Its about medium warm but very accurate. I think you'd be well served with the 180gr load if you're choosing between Hornady's loads only.
Just a comparison, Swamp Fox's 200gr XTP are rated at 1325fps. I like Hornady's XTP bullet, but their ammo is weak-to-medium.I have 155 grain XTPs for defensive ammo which is rated at 1250fps. I've seen this stuff chronographed higher than the factory rating. If I were traveling around in the woods I would use a bigger grain just in case
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Good vids Bro, I was waiting actually to hear some input of your experience with this roundIf you want to go with the factory Hornady, I'd choose 155gr for humans, and 200gr for the woods. All three bullets will expand identically, just the longer bullets will have more shank left over. The 200gr XTP, loaded to about 1150fps out of my G29 penetrated FIVE milk jugs, and stuck in the back of the fifth. Most good SD bullets do about 2-3 jugs. That's SERIOUS penetration. I would be concerned with taking out two people.
Here's the video (I sound so normal when I'm talking, then I hear my recorded voice, and I sound like such a *******, it kills me!):
And here's a video (more like a slideshow) of a 200gr XTP being shot into a wax tube:
I think I also have videos of the 180gr and 155gr XTPs (handloaded, hotter than the Hornady load) on my YouTube channel. You can go there to see some comparisons.