Best .45 ACP round?


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somerandomguy
December 22, 2012, 07:25 PM
For self defense. Thoughts?

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gossamer
December 22, 2012, 08:02 PM
I like the Speer Law Enforcement Grade Gold Dot 200gr.

I've never had the incidence to use it for personal defense. But I like the way it shoots in my P220.

YMMV

nathan
December 22, 2012, 08:04 PM
Federal HST as of date.

Steve H
December 22, 2012, 08:10 PM
IMHO just about anything that cycles through your gun is good. What is the BEST????? I would think what ever you are comfy with. Remember in WWII the FMJ worked pretty well.

mcdonl
December 22, 2012, 08:12 PM
230LRN and Berry 200 plated hollow points in my 1911


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KodeFore
December 22, 2012, 08:14 PM
Hornady Critical Defense for my 1911

beatledog7
December 22, 2012, 08:15 PM
In the house and for carry, 200-230gr JHPs. For the range, 200-230gr FMJ, since for most of us JHPs are too pricey to fling at paper. As long as what you practice with shoots to the same POA as your SD ammo, you're good to go.

texasgun
December 22, 2012, 08:40 PM
I like the 180gr +P JHP from Golden Sabre (Remington). Wouldn't shoot it though thru anything less than a 4"+ barrel. That load is HOT. Also very, very well manufactured with weatherproof/water resistant sealing.

Wilson makes some good SD loads too... but they are very pricey. Cleanest rounds I've ever seen... seems like they polish every round before packaging.

But to be fair... the .45 is even in range ball ammo a good stopping round.

speedway
December 22, 2012, 09:10 PM
Speer Gold Dot 230 grain HP is what I carry.

I have seen up close what they do to 4 legged critters.


I used to carry Hornaday Critical Defense but found that they did not expand as often as I would have expected.

481
December 22, 2012, 09:40 PM
My preference in .45ACP is for the Hornady 230gr XTP +P JHP- It expands to ~1.5x caliber and is very accurate through my HK USP45.

somerandomguy
December 22, 2012, 09:49 PM
My preference in .45ACP is for the Hornady 230gr XTP +P JHP- It expands to ~1.5x caliber and is very accurate through my HK USP45.
You haven't replaced your USP45 with the new FN FNX .45 Tactical yet? You don't know what you're missing out on. :p

Inebriated
December 22, 2012, 09:50 PM
Federal HST's and Speer Gold Dots... both 230 grain.

gym
December 22, 2012, 10:51 PM
I default to Hydashocks, or Hornaday with the red tip, they feed well like powerball does. Less likely to jam up your weapon.I also go for a 185-230 grain depending on what gun I have. I also carry a mag full of FMJ, just in case there is a barrier that needs penetrating, I do that with all my guns, usually 2 or 3 mags, and 1 will have FMJ's in it. I also do that with my 40's and 9mm. they will go through a car door with FMJ's in 9mm, where they may not with HP's.
And to be on the safe side they will always feed well if your gun decides to get cranky on you.

Direwolf
December 22, 2012, 11:05 PM
I use Black Hills 230g JHP in 45acp.

Al Thompson
December 23, 2012, 09:07 AM
I like the Federal HST too. Let's see if we can get better visibility in autochuckers. :)

tuj
December 23, 2012, 09:24 AM
ASYM Precision 185 +P. http://store.chencustom.com/45_ACP_SOLID_DEFENSE_X_SDX_Barnes_185_gr_HP_P_s/78.htm

Ben86
December 23, 2012, 09:30 AM
The Federal HST seems to be the king of the hill IMO, especially the 230 grain +P version. That's one hell of a load. Both expansion and penetration are phenomenal.

jeepnik
December 23, 2012, 07:05 PM
Forget all the hype. Just find a 230gr JHP from a major manufacturer that functions well in "your" handgun. It is more important to hit a target properly than what you hit it with (within reason).

In other words, the latest greatest super expanding round is of no use if you miss. But a good ole ball round with do sufficient damage if you hit the target in a vital zone.

Rockyriver
December 23, 2012, 08:40 PM
This was just discussed the other day here, here is the thread.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=689426

Flt Simulation
December 23, 2012, 10:17 PM
I have had problems with hollow point ammo not feeding properly in the various other .45 ACP Colts I have owned, so I am not taking any chances for the ammo I leave in my Gold Cup while it's in my house for home defense.

I will only load 230gr FMJ RN in the magazine because I know they will feed through the gun every time without any hangups. The FMJ RN ammo loaded in the gun now while the gun is in the house just happens to be cartidges I have reloaded myself.


As far as plinking with this gun at the range ... I will fire just about anything in it.

rcmodel
December 23, 2012, 10:20 PM
The best??

The one you can find on a shelf in a store most of the time, so you can get more to practice with when you run out.

That also feeds in your gun 100% of the time.

That right there is the best SD round for you, and your gun.

The rest doesn't really matter.

rc

rikman
December 23, 2012, 10:24 PM
Federal HST's and Speer Gold Dots... both 230 grain.
Ditto

Aiko492
December 23, 2012, 10:32 PM
Fed HST and Golden Sabres

mljdeckard
December 23, 2012, 10:35 PM
230 gr Federal HSTs.

dgod
December 24, 2012, 06:36 AM
I have carried old Dots, Silvertips, and gone the gambit over the years, but todate, I like the Cor-Bon Guard Dogs, Cor-Bon DPX or Cor-Bon Glaciers, in that order, for Home Defense or Personal Defense. Currently I carry 3 Extra Mags with Gaurd Dogs in All of them, DPX would be next.

Good luck, I think all of the suggestions will work, try a few, see what you like

Quoheleth
December 24, 2012, 06:42 AM
My favorite round is the Winchester 230gr JHP in the 50-round USA white box. It's old-school, but reportedly the same bullet, sans silver color, as the Silvertip. This box is priced approximately the same as the 20-round PDX next to it on the shelf. It's affordable, accurate as I am, and even if it doesn't mushroom into something the size of a small pizza, it'll still punch almost-half-inch holes.

Sometimes "good enough" is good enough, IMHO.

Q

Robert101
December 24, 2012, 02:48 PM
Hornady brand with 180 or heavier grain bullets.

Mr.510
December 25, 2012, 01:14 AM
I carry the 230 grain HST +P. It or any other high quality JHP is fine as long as it functions 100% in your gun. One thing to keep in mind about 'premium' SD ammo is that it tends to have significantly less muzzle flash than stuff like WWB FMJ. I do 'lights out' practice at a local range and the muzzle flash of even +P HST is less than WWB. It's been so long since I fired regular HSTs I can't remember how much less muzzle flash they had.

C0untZer0
December 25, 2012, 01:24 AM
I like the Cor-Bon Guard Dogs, Cor-Bon DPX or Cor-Bon Glaciers, in that order, for Home Defense or Personal Defense. Currently I carry 3 Extra Mags with Gaurd Dogs in All of them, DPX would be next.

Federal Gaurd Dog ?

WC145
December 25, 2012, 06:35 AM
I carry Winchester Ranger T 230gr JHP +P on and off duty and have been very pleased with it. It is accurate and functions well in everything I've shot it in so far.

GI_Jared
December 25, 2012, 08:09 AM
My preference in .45ACP is for the Hornady 230gr XTP +P JHP- It expands to ~1.5x caliber and is very accurate through my HK USP45.

Same, this is what i have in my Glock 21 at the moment. OP, why don't you post a poll? The manufacturer should not matter that much, just put bullet grain and style.

rswartsell
December 25, 2012, 10:12 AM
My Kimber likes the Black Hils 230gr JHP +p. I like not bouncing around different bullet weights for consistent POI.

Double_J
December 25, 2012, 10:49 AM
I agree with RC's post above. Find a load that you can shoot well, that feeds well in YOUR handgun, and is available.

For me that happens to be 200 grain Hornady XTP ammo in my 1911, and in my HK USP. It is 115 grain Speer Gold Dot in my High Power, and in my Kahr CW9. If I can find the XTP rounds in 9 mm I will give them a shot, but the Gold Dots feed just fine in my 9 mm's.

1911 guy
December 25, 2012, 11:46 AM
To repeat what RCModel said, find a load made by a reputable company that feeds well and is accurate in your specific handgun. Everything else is gravy. Bullet design and powder manufacture has come so far in the last 20 years that even the "marginal" rounds today are better than premiums of the past. There was a time that 158 grain LRN in .38Spcl was king of the hill. Now it's toward the bottom of the heap.

bannockburn
December 25, 2012, 01:07 PM
I have always had great performance and reliability in my Colt Combat Commander and Officers Model with Winchesters 185 gr. Silvertips. I stocked up on them awhile back because I found that they worked well in my guns and gave me decent results, both in their reliability and accuracy.

19delta20
December 25, 2012, 04:22 PM
Hornady TAP FPD for my 1911 hydra shoks when I had my M&P 40 S&W


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powder
December 25, 2012, 04:24 PM
The one you most consistently make head shots with.

Bovice
December 26, 2012, 04:11 AM
If we're talking .45 auto (and we are), my criteria is simple. Brass cased, 230 grains, and made by a reputable manufacturer. Even in FMJ, it's STILL a .45!

I use Winchester white box JHPs or Remington UMC JHP. But my 220 absolutely loves Winchester 230 FMJ, and I'd be fine with that too.

gazpacho
December 26, 2012, 06:24 AM
Regardless of caliber, my go to choice is Speer Gold Dot. However, when there are questions about functionality, I always turn to the Glaser Pow'rball. That big polymer ball up front feeds so slick.

mach1.3
December 27, 2012, 02:40 AM
1. Speer Gold Dots
2. Hornady Critical Defense
3. Rem. Golden Sabres +P
4. Most any 230gr. RN will do in the field.

Most 185 to 200gr JHPs do in my P220s. My 1911s are slightly more finicky.

Voodoochile
December 27, 2012, 11:48 AM
My wife uses the Remington Green Box L45AP7 ammo for years.
It may not expand as fast as the Golden Sabers but it does expand & is the same price as the practice FMJ ammo with exactly the same ballistics & trajectory.

My antique preferrs FMJ & that works for me.

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