Barnes TAC-XPD and the Springfield XD-S in .45 Auto


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1858
August 4, 2013, 11:32 PM
Since Barnes makes excellent bullets and ammunition I figured I'd try some of their TAC-XPD 185gr +P ammunition in my XD-S which I use as my CC pistol. I started out by shooting two rounds into milk jugs filled with water from a distance of about 10 feet. This isn't the best test for a bullet but it's easy for most to try at home. Expansion was decent at 0.781" and 0.698" (FBI method of average of max and min dimensions) with 100% weight retention and the petals of the solid copper bullet are razor sharp. I certainly wouldn't want to absorb one of these.

http://thr.mcmxi.org/pistols/springfield/xd-s/45_auto/photos/barnes_tac-xpd_45_auto_01.jpg

Next up was to shoot ten rounds over a chronograph. I have a CED-M2 and set it up at a distance of about ten feet from the muzzle. I was impressed with the results. An EV of 36 fps is pretty darn good from a pistol with a 3.3" barrel.

Avg: 879.6 fps
Max: 899.7 fps
Min: 863.9 fps
EV: 35.8 fps
SD: 9.9 fps

I've mostly shot Remington 230gr MC and 230gr JHP through this pistol and have found it to be very manageable but I must say that TAC-XPD is particularly pleasant to shoot. It's accurate and felt recoil is surprisingly soft for this +P round and a 21.5 oz pistol. I've only shot 23 rounds of TAC-XPD so far but haven't had any issues. They feed, fire and eject just fine and so has Remington 230gr MC and JHP. I've shot 175 round through the XD-S with zero problems. The only oddity I observed with this ammunition is the presence of tiny brass-like flecks inside fired cases and the chamber. I wonder if this has something to do with reducing muzzle flash. Anyway, I think I'll be using TAC-XPD as my CC ammunition. I even like that it comes in 20 round boxes since I have a 5-round magazine in the pistol (5+1) and carry two 7-round magazines for backup. 6+7+7 = 20 .... perfect!!

http://thr.mcmxi.org/pistols/springfield/xd-s/45_auto/photos/barnes_tac-xpd_45_auto_04.jpg

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horsemen61
August 5, 2013, 12:25 AM
Awesome I love the looks of the fired bullets

snooperman
August 5, 2013, 07:28 AM
I have their 9mm ammo and the results of expansion is very consistent and better than any other 9mm ammo that I have tried.

1858
August 6, 2013, 12:47 PM
The only oddity I observed with this ammunition is the presence of tiny brass-like flecks inside fired cases and the chamber. I wonder if this has something to do with reducing muzzle flash.

Here I go quoting myself again but it turns out that the "brass-like flecks" are unburned powder particles that have had the carbon burned off. The powder has been selected to reduce muzzle flash which typically means that the powder is slower burning. I don't have any obvious unburned powder shooting Remington 230g JHP or MC but those rounds use faster powder resulting in a lot more muzzle flash.

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