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What do you carry in your .45acp?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ArkansasFatboy, Feb 27, 2007.

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  1. ArkansasFatboy

    ArkansasFatboy Member

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    Guys I have been trying out different defense loads in my .45 and was wondering what you carry and why?
     
  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    200 grain Hornady T.A.P. JHP's
     
  3. threefeathers

    threefeathers Member

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    Taurus Hex all copper 185 grain.
     
  4. GreenFurniture

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    230 grain Remington Golden Saber for 5" 1911

    185 grain Federal (forgot what they are) for P220
     
  5. grizz

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    185g Federal Hydrashock +P.

    $18/ 50.
     
  6. Condition Plaid

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    Winchester Ranger T 230gr
     
  7. DogBonz

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    That depends

    In my HD gun, 230 Hydra Shocks. When I'm in the woods, Remi 185 +P HP's.
     
  8. Kimber1911_06238

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    230 grain hydra shocks....or speer gold dots
     
  9. daysleeprx

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    230g Golden Sabers for my 1911s, OR 230g WWB JHP.

    The GS because I got a great deal on them, the WWB because it's cheap and readily available locally.
     
  10. Dgreno

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    +1 for the hydrashocks
     
  11. fencer1960

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    230 gr. and 165 gr. Hydra-Shoks, whichever is available. Hydra-Shok is the brand the local police use. I think one of the gunwriters, Ayoob maybe, has suggested that this might be a good strategy to avoid accusations of brutal overkill from an excited prosecutor... in the unlikely event you have to shoot an assailant.
     
  12. GunNut

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    Given a choice I would carry Winchester Ranger in all of my guns.

    These are the recommended loads for service weapons on the Tactical Forums:

    .45 ACP:
    Barnes XPB 185 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Federal HST 230 gr +P JHP (P45HST1)
    Federal Tactical 230 gr JHP (LE45T1)
    Speer Gold Dot 230 gr JHP (23966)
    Winchester Ranger-T 230 gr JHP (RA45T)
    Winchester Ranger-T 230 gr +P JHP (RA45TP)
     
  13. MICHAEL T

    MICHAEL T Member

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    Corbon 165 gr DPX NON +P compact . I find the DPX does all I need and very fast recovery It in all my 45 Commanders and 5" also.
     
  14. BobCav

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    Speer GoldDot 230gr JHP
     
  15. thumper723

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    Remington UMC 230gr JHPs.

    Yes, the ones from Wal-Mart.

    It's a 45. If it does not expand, it is still starting from .451 vs .355

    Also, I can afford to practice with my carry round, and proving new mags with it is not cost prohibitive..
     
  16. jfernett119

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    185gr +p hydra shoks. I have hydra shoks in all my carry pistols and my gun likes them.
     
  17. cmannie

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    45 carry loads..

    I like the COR BON 200 grain +P...
    Viscious round...
     
  18. sm

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    Often times 230gr hardball.

    Also a fan of 200 gr LSWC.
     
  19. Tezcatlipoca

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    Winchester Ranger T 230gr
     
  20. CWL

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    5" barrel 230gr Remmy Golden Sabers

    3" barrel 185gr Remmy Golden Sabers

    Also use Pro-Load 200gr Gold Dots on occasion
     
  21. Todesengel

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    Remington Golden Saber Bonded 230gr because it makes big holes. :)
     
  22. Walkalong

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    Speer 200 Gr. Gold Dot +P in a 3" barrel CDP II..

    I could be happy with the 230 Gr. Golden Sabers or either the 200 or 230 Gr. XTP's as they are excellent also and feed 100% in my pistol as well.
     
  23. 1911 guy

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    Made the switch.

    If you'd asked this question a month ago, I'd have said Golden Sabers. They've been getting hard to find around here, so I ran a few boxes of HydraShocks through my 1911 and switched to those, 230gr.
     
  24. Mad Magyar

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    I still like the heavier bullet and seems to work well with my .45's.
    PMC Eldorado-StarFire 230gr. JHP's....
     
  25. texagun

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    Jeff Cooper and Clint Smith have both been quoted numerous times as saying they only carry 230 gr. hardball loads in their carry guns. When asked why, both had the same answer.......reliability.
     
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