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45ACP, 230gr Hornady XTP (milk jug test)

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by wankerjake, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. wankerjake

    wankerjake Well-Known Member

    Well I finally broke down and bought a 45 ACP. I've "needed" a 45 auto pistol for years and decided it was time. I couldn't decide what to get first, a 1911 or an XD so in my foolishness/genius I bought one of each.

    Anyway to the reloading part. I bought a box of 230gr Hornady XTPs and worked up loads with Unique and Ramshot Silhouette powders as they should give decent speed. Accuracy wise, I settled on 7.6gr Silhouette. Recoil is stout but manageable, shot well in both pistols but expecially from the XD (should have taken pics of the target, t his post is an afterthought). The first trip out I tried to catch one in water using 2 half-gallon juice jugs and a milk jug on the end... blew right thru all 3 stacked in a row. So yesterday I went back out to test the load one more time before loading up another 200. This time I brought 3 juice jugs and a milk jug.... and I caught one!

    The shot was from a 4" barrel at ~ 5 yards. It was in the milk jug on the end, and almost punched thru it. Almost an exit hole, made half a flap on the back side but not quite thru. Measures 0.73" at the widest point across and weight retention was 229.7gr.


    Loaded up 100 rounds tonight, and I have another box on the shelf. I'm not sure shooting them into water jugs proves much other than they expand in water, but accuracy is good and I'm happy with the load. Anyway, FYI.

  2. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Nothing wrong with the Hornady XTP bullet. it's usually considered harder to expand than some others and well suited for hunting bullets but from what you show it should work just fine. Thanks for the report.
  3. wankerjake

    wankerjake Well-Known Member

    I originally wanted Speer gold dots but these were all I could find in the madness. Not at all disappointed with the second choice, I reckon these will do fine. Thanks for the oal and data for unique, btw.
  4. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    I like those and Nosler but Rem GS are my favorite, the 185gr. pushed by power pistol
  5. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    6.8 gr. of Longshot will put you near 900 FPS with the Hornady, a loading I use often.
  6. XD 45acp

    XD 45acp Well-Known Member

    I have XTP's in my XDS. I love them. Go find ya a spoiled country ham from a store and try it,...IT'S NASTY!!

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