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Old 07-23-2012, 03:07 AM   #11
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Just one more pic of the same rounds and with a .45 PDX1 on the far right ...
Man the federal and winchester look sick!
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Big fan of the new Hornady Critical Duty rounds. 125gn is what I carry in mine.
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Here is what I carry.
Handguns
.45 Auto--Winchester Ranger 230grain
.44mag people 200gr Gold dot 44Spl / Game 240gr soft points
.40S&W Winchester Ranger 180 or 165 grain
.357sig 125gr Gold Dot
9mm Winchester Ranger +P+ 127gr talons
.357Mag 135 grain Gold Dots
.38spl 110gr federal +P+JHP or 135 gr Gold Dots
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#4Buck or 00Buck Rifled Slugs in extreme circumstances
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Hornady Critical Duty, but just like any other ammo, you MUST try different types to find out what works in your gun. I had a gun one time that fired hard ball and hollow point ammo flawlessly, but when I used a very expensive, highly-developed defense round made by a reputable company, the grouping blew up horribly! Just because a round is expensive or popular does NOT mean it works well in your gun. Buy four or five types of ammunition in the same category (like highly developed self-defense rounds) and shoot them before depending on them to save your life. If I hadn't test fired, I'd be in a lot of trouble for using those first rounds I tried! :-)
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G19: 147g Federal Hydra-Shock
G23: Hornady Zombie Max (I know, I know)
1911: 230g Federaral Hydra-Shock
Sounds like I need to give those Ranger T's a try

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What about dpx 45? Those expand well. I stack my 40 and 45 with DPX, Guard Dog EFMJ, and PDX1. EFMJ is basically for the winter because of the coats bad guys wear. Most JHP do no expand when hitting fabric that can clog the cavity. I may change the PDX1 because of the pictures I saw in this forum. I really love my copper DPX because of the 99.5 % weight retention more so that lead or other metal bullets.
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That .45 Ranger T really looks menacing doesn't it? Just wondering how it would fair going thru a couple layers of winter clothing..i.e., Heavy parka and maybe a heavy shirt and undershirt beneath. Just wondering if the slug would open prematurely and then fail to penetrate deep enough to hit vitals..just thinking out loud here, I have no way of experimenting.
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That .45 Ranger T really looks menacing doesn't it? Just wondering how it would fair going thru a couple layers of winter clothing..i.e., Heavy parka and maybe a heavy shirt and undershirt beneath. Just wondering if the slug would open prematurely and then fail to penetrate deep enough to hit vitals..just thinking out loud here, I have no way of experimenting.
If anything, the cavity would be plugged and the projectile would not expand. If that is the case, then basically it would become a fmj in performance. Still plenty of penetration
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I like either Speer Gold Dot or Federal HST (124gr +P in my 9mm and 230gr in my .45ACP). These are both good performers in most testing but are also available in relatively economical 50 round packages. Win-win!
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I go for the rangers and PDX1 for all my defense guns.
My department just started issuing Federal HST so now I'm carrying that in my G22 for duty...seems the be great stuff. I still carry the Rangers or PDX1 in my personal guns off duty.
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