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Best Defense Ammo for Sig P229 and S&W M&P 45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 4Freedom, Feb 26, 2009.

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  1. 4Freedom

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    Hi, I just purchased couple new handguns and will be receiving them next week. I am fairly new to handguns and I am not sure what would be the best handgun ammo to purchase for a home defense type of round. I have been reading lot of good things about Corbon, but also I have heard some people who had problems cycling their guns using this hot type of round.

    I would like to know what people's suggetsions are about using Corbon DPX 115gr 9mm bullets for a HD round for my Sig P229 Elite gun. The Sig P229 Elite gun is the compact model with a slightly smaller barrel and frame, compared to the 226 which is the full size model.

    As far as my, S&W M&P 45, I am considering either getting the 160gr or 185 Corbon DPX ammo for HD. Can anyone tell me the difference between using the 160 to the 185grain? Is it noticeable by any means? I have a full size 4.5 inch barrel S&W M&P 45 and I am not sure which type of ammo would perform best out of it.

    For home defense and as my conceal carry ammo, I would like the best quality ammo I can get, since these would be the bullets I use in a life threatening situation.

    If anyone has any other suggestions of better or equal quality and cheaper ammo, I appreciate to know that too. I also like to hear people's experiences with ammo for these guns.

    Finally , can anyone tell me the difference between Thunder RancH Corbon DPX and the regular Corbon DPX? Is it worth the extra couple bucks?
     
  2. 4Freedom

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    Nobody have any experience with these guns and this ammo?
     
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    I like HydraShoks
     
  4. UnTainted

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    I'm no expert, so I'll just give my opinion... :D

    As to the Sig 229 Elite, I can more accuratly recomend, based on my experience, an ammo selection than I can for the .45 (because i have only used my uncle's 45s for period of time, and have not yet purchased one of my own).

    That being said, I think you're fine with cor-bon. I like them as a company, have used their ammuntion for my rifles in hunting situations (DPX and X hunter stuff [ as well as from federal ] ), and think that they performed with quality expectations. I also have many mags loaded with cor-bon 115 grain frag-o-matic ammo (their typical jhp loading) for zombies. I mean, seriously, what better than that for zombies? I want back of heads to blow out, equating head-removal (for better sense of terms, I think my zombies will comply).

    As per 9mm recommendations, though, I would argue that beyond the copper 9mm DPX (which rocks) you're ok, if not highly advantageously prepared, with a 9mm bonded or well constructed hollow point of 124 grains and above for all weather situations, 115 maybe in the summer. I prefer a bonded, but think well placed lead with a jacket of copper will do as well. I carry my 229 in 9mm with gold dots in 124, loaded by double tap. I did a 2000 round reliability check in 9mm; all fine, all very accurate.

    for the .45, my opinion would coincide with the round's creator, in that you should select a 200 grain load, either standard or +P. I would select a +P 200 grain load, and will when I purcahse a 45 in the future. My 2 cents.

    Happy shooting, and congrats on the new pistols!!! WE all envy you, for these moments... :D
     
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    oh and the difference in the 2 dpx's is NOT worth the extra mula. no way. just get typical cor-bon; they rock.
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Except the rounds creator John Browning, created it with a 230 grain bullet.

    That has been the standard bullet weight for .45 ACP since 1911.

    It is also the bullet weight most fixed-sight combat guns are sighted in to shoot to POA.

    rc
     
  7. Hungry Seagull

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    I fire Speer Lawman Training ammo in 230 grain.

    Moving straight to Duty Gold Dots when my three boxes are cleaned out.

    The ammo cleans up really well in the gun very well.

    Im just going to be stubborn and see it through. By the way it's the M&P .45ACP.
     
  8. agb

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    DPX is truly an improvement

    In general 380 and 9mm require, because of their smaller diameter, to EXPAND in diameter.

    You need adequate penetration to 10-11 inches which is slowed by heavy clothing and the deflection of lighter bullets.

    From what I have seen, the DPX expands very reliably to a larger diameter than other loads. And this larger wound cavity is a serious advantage. See these tests:

    http://www.goldenloki.com/ammo/gel/tests.htm

    :cool:
     
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