185gr vs. 200gr vs. 230gr .45 ACP

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by IGETEVEN, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Alright men, all of you with various .45's What are your favorite grain preferences? And the pros and cons of why you use that grain?

    Jack
     
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  2. Dgunsmith

    Dgunsmith New Member

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    ........a far too often misunderstanding in ammunition.
    ...Loads are expressed in GRAINS which is the
    BULLET (projectile) weight........it has NOTHING to do with the powder
    charge !

    Typically in handgun ammunition, within the same caliber, lighter bullet weight will have a higher velocity....heavier bullets will have a lower velocity.

    Most major manufacturers of handgun ammunition will NEVER tell you the weight of the powder charge OR what the powder is. Ballistic formulas for a combination of accuracy, velocity and consistency are closely guarded and the result of extensive research and development.

    230 Grain is often favored in LE like the Gold Dot Bullet. 200 Grain Gold Dots are available in +P and go a little faster. 185's are a little faster but start to have problems in penetrating lots of clothing.
     
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  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'm an old fashioned guy, I stick with 230 grain.



    ...but I use special nuclear powder. ;)
     
  4. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    You are partly correct sir. Grains is powder, more precise, the amont of powder measured in specific grain weight, needed to combust and send the specific bullet type at a selected velocity. :)

    Jack
     
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  5. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    230 grain FMJ for the range, 230 grain JHP for carry. If I ever have to use it for self defence, I want it to have some knockdown power.
     
  6. layton

    layton New Member

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    As for me, I use 230gr for the heaver weight and knock down power.

    Layton
     
  7. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Tried and true 230gr. Usually FMJ for practice, Will rotate in my carry ammo ocasionally. Used Hydrashock's for years, recently switched to HST +P