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What do you Load in your 45 acp for personal defense?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by grubbylabs, May 18, 2010.

  1. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Well-Known Member

    I am going to buy powder tomorrow and I am not sure what I want to try. I have used Blue Dot shoots good but dirty, and power pistol, real snappy and not consistent. I have 4" Springer XD 45c
    I will have 185grn HP and 230 grn HPs. If you load another let me know and what/why.

    Thanks, Grubbs
  2. frankge

    frankge Well-Known Member

    Remington Golden Sabres - IMHO I'd use factory for SD
  3. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    My PD ammo is a hard cast 200 gr SWC over a healthy charge of Unique. The load feeds perfectly from all my 45's and I go with what works. BTW, my bullets are "Lasercast" bullets by Oregon Trail.
  4. Elmar66

    Elmar66 Member

    Federal Hydrashocks in both my .45 ACP and .380

    I've always heard it's better to use factory ammo, less legal hassles if you actually have to use it. You won't have to spend so much time explaining how much powder you used, if it was a "hot" round, if you were "testing" it's capability, etc.

    Yeah it's expensive to use, but if you ever have to use it, it's worth every penny.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Factory ammo for me.

    WSF, AA #5, HS-6, True Blue, Unique, or something in that range to push those jacketed bullets hard.
  6. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    Federal 230 grain Hydrashocks. It's a good load and my fixed sight Witness shoots them into small groups right at point of aim. I figured that was a sign that this was the load.
  7. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    I have done a lot of testing and settled on a 200 gr. flat point cast slug over 5.5 gr. of Winchester Super Target or Bullseye. Feeds very reliably in all of my guns and will penetrate 4 one gallon milk jugs filled with water. (The first jug is reduced to small pieces.) This load is very close to what the Army Ordinance Board specified when Browning originally designed the 1911, a 200 gr. bullet at 900 fps. JHP bullets will very often become plugged with clothing material and act just like hardball. When they work they work very well but I have little faith in them and have chosen to rely on a non expanding bullet.
  8. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    185gr Rem GS over Power Pistol for about 990fps.
  9. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    Ditto on the Unique.
  10. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    I used to use XTPs with Power Pistol. I now use a 230gr LRN with Power Pistol. They clock right at 900fps. Plenty of ummph.
  11. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all your replies. I can certainly see the advantage to factory ammo should the need ever arise. Lots less to explain. After some first hand info on a police shooting her in poky I am not sure I have a lot of faith in Hp's. I have been using a 230grn plated HP from Rocky Mountain Reloading. It does not appear to have been designed to expand like some of the premium HP bullets on the market. But I have been contemplating getting some Gold Dot HPs but I am not sure if I want 185, 200, or 230 grain bullets.
    Thanks for all your opinions.
  12. Kentucky Jelly

    Kentucky Jelly Well-Known Member

    I use factory Hornady 230 XTP +P. I reload 230 gr xtp over 5 grain of titegroup to practice with.
  13. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    Hydrashoks mixed with Glaser Safety Slugs................
  14. 71Commander

    71Commander Well-Known Member

    I see more of the running in circles, the sky is falling cries about using handloads in SD. NONE of it can be proven though.

    Either it's a good shoot or it's not.

    I use handloads in all my carry calibers.

    In .45 ACP, I use 230 Golden Sabers on top of 6.8 of Longshot. I love that powder. Hard to beat on many calibers for SD loads.
  15. budiceman

    budiceman Well-Known Member

    Not a case yet since it has been on the books! A friend of afriends brother heard it from some instructor who wanted to sound like he was teaching a good class. Yet no proof what so ever!!!!
  16. Wilburt

    Wilburt Well-Known Member

  17. BlayGlock

    BlayGlock Well-Known Member

    230 gr Hornady XTP JHP over HS-6.
  18. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    Winchester 185gr silver tips, remington 230gr golden sabers, TAP CQ 230gr, - whatever is on sale. Modern hollowpoint technology is pretty good. I don't have tons of money to spend on factory ammo, so I buy what feeds well in my gun that I can afford.
  19. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Well-Known Member

    I use factory ammo for personal defense in my pistols (200gr Speer Gold Dot). Personally, I do so for a greater guarantee of reliable function. I've never had a handload fail in my reloading career, but I also haven't taken the time to chronograph most of my pistol loads, and I have shot far more factory ammo than I have handloaded ammo over the years.

    I'm sure that I'd be fine using handloads if I made a significant effort to do so, but I'd want to be sure that I made those pistol rounds to very exacting specifications (checking velocities over a chrony, primer seating depths, etc). I just don't put all that much effort into pistol loading, as I typically load for plinking or IPSC matches (short range and fast shots). I've also found that the factory defensive loads are of high quality, and function reliably. Plus, the cost difference is only marginally significant, since I don't normally shoot through my defensive loads.

    As far as the legal concerns of using handloads, I could see this being a major problem for a police department, or other public safety organization (we face scrutiny on everything, given our role of serving the public). Otherwise, the idea that handloads would be a problem (legally) in a self-defense situation involving a private citizen has always struck me as internet mythology. Simply put, if you pull the trigger on a person, the shoot is going to be judged on the circumstances, not the ammo that you were carrying.

    If anyone claims otherwise on the subject of handload legality, I'd love to see some documentation of any court case where the ammo that was used was decided to be the determining factor regarding the legality of a defensive shooting! Simply put, the legality is the least of my concernes when it comes to carrying handloaded ammo for defensive purposes!
  20. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Well-Known Member

    I have heard some good things about the Speer Gold Dots. I think I am going to get some to load up and send over the chrony to see how they do.

    I guess my concerns stems from hearing about a shooting in our town. The local police were involved in a shooting. They shot the guy several times with 45's. The only fatal shot was a point blank head shot by one of the officers. I don't know what ammunition they were shooting, but a witness to the autopsy said that the penetration left a lot to be desired, in fact the only serious wound was the head shot.

    I am not sure why they were not getting good penetration, but I would like to avoid that kind of situation.

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