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Hydra-Shok 165gr jhp for .45acp

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I recently bought a box of Federal hydra-shok 165 grain JHP's, I tend to prefer 230 grain jhp's but these were advertised as high energy/low recoil. After firing one 8 round clip I was very impressed, I could definaly notice the reduced recoil, making follow up shots easier, the bullets have a metal rod in the hollow point, which I believe helps expansion. I intend to use these for my conceal carry rounds. My question is, do you think the 165 grain is a powerful enough load, or should I stick with the 230 grain or 185gr rounds? I have a 1911 compact and tend to stay away from +p ammo, but I am looking for a quality round that has good stoping power. Hornady makes a 185 grain bullet that has a cap over the hollow point, those are also on my next "try-ouy" list. But I did like the low recoil on these hydra shoks, but I want to make sure I am loaded with the right ammo for personal protection. Any advise would be greatly appreciated, Thanks guys.:cool:
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While there are few bad choices in 45acp, the 165grHS is a bad choice. THe bullet is too light, vel is too low, just a poor choice all around. The Hornady CD isn't much better, but better. I also carry a compact 1911 & shy away from the +P loads, too much recoil for little gain in effectiveness. Good short bbl loads IMO; the Hornady 185gr or 200gr std. vel XTP, the Rem 185gRGS non +P & the 185gr WSTHP. Slowing the 185gr WSTHP down a bit actually imporves it's penetration as they over expand @ 5" bbl vel. The 185grGDHP would be another good choice IMO. THe 185gr/45 has an SD of 0.130, close to the 155gr/40 or 115gr/9mm, so not an unuseful bullet wt if the design is sound. The 185grXTP is a very good cup/core bullet.
What about .45 ACP Federal Hydra-Shok Jacketed Hollow Point 230 Grain 900 fps ...VS the .45 ACP Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 230 Grain Hollow Point Bullet 820 fps.............I have also heard great things about Remington Golden saber
The GoldDots are pretty much what everyone else is the std. IMO, you don't need the short bbl stuff, but it does work. I also like the 230grRGS, non bonded. It will expand down to 770fps in my wetpak testing.
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