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Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by larich29, Jan 9, 2012.
Looking to get some .45 ACP Self Defense Ammo for my Glock 30. Any suggestions??
Speer gold dots
Hornady Critical Defense
Remington Golden Sabre
Speer Gold Dot
Hornady Critical Defense, Winchester Ranger or any high quality JHP ammo will serve you well. Key to a good SD ammo is reliabilty and consistent expansion under diverse conditions.
Best to avoid any bargain basement ammo but no need to spend top dollar for "self defense" labeled boxes. Just be sure that your particular gun feeds and shoots it reliably.
I like Speer Gold Dot 230gr hollow points.
These are my sd/hd I cast my own bullets and reload they cost me about $.08 each. The main reason I don't use golden saber or hydrashock is that a 45acp really dose not have the velocity to really expand the bullet like the 9mm or .40 imho. I have shot several hp rounds into a bucket of sand and found them almost untouched. My soft round lead ball ammo just flattens the tip a bit on impact.
From what I know the hollow point was to make a bullets surface area larger so it can stop in and not blow through there by transfer its energy into the target (9mm will zip right through a human target thus taking its energy with it) a 45acp fmj in most cases will stop in about 6-10 inches of ballistics jell thus transferring 100% of its energy into the target.
I would say save your money and carry fmj or just lead but that is just my opinion.
For range or plinking, you cant beat the winchester whitebox 230g fmj. The walmart here has the 100rd box for $35.00
Here is some expansion that i got from the 230g Hornady TAP that i use
I even tried the hornady tap and got nothing but some packed sand in the tip. But then again I am shooting my ccw pt145 3" barrel. I didn't get nearly enough velocity to do that. I guess I am sacrificing velocity for concealment.
Federal HST. Sells in 50 rd box for not much more than a 20 rd box of other brands, but you don't give up anything on expansion or penetration. In fact, I've seen water jugs tests on it which showed it to surpass some of the highly touted SD ammo brands.
Im sure that the barrel length played some part in it, that expansion came from my fullsize 1911
At the same rate expansion or not as long as the bullet stops and dose not pass through you target you are getting 100% energy transfer.
That's why I say with 45acp it is a waste of money to buy sd/hd ammo
I also feel comfortable carrying FMJ ammo, thats a big hunk of lead, regardless
I ended up buying a box of Remington Golden Sabers 230 gr. A friend of mine had an extra box and he sold them to me for $15.00. I thought that was a good price for 25 rounds.
Yeah jhp look mean. With my 3" barrel you can see the round in the chamber if you were looking down my barrel. If you were looking down my barrel you wouldn't have time to think about what kind of hollow points are those. Lol. The only other thing I have against all of the sd/hd ammo on the market is I can't see paying $1.00 per round.. I believe in train with the ammo you are going to carry. If your gun is anything like mine you will notice point of impact change with ball ammo and jhp. I can shoot fmj all day and when the day comes that I have to use my carry weapon to protect myself or my family I will know exactly where my bullet is going.
If he was a real friend,he would have just gave them to you.
Just kidding bro, i havent bought any in a while but they are more than $15. So you did aight,
Bullets are so dam expensive because they are the part of the gun ur pistol that actually do the killing. We have missles on some of our fighter jets that cost more than the jet.
I would use any reputable factory 230 grain JHP that fed in my gun, +P or not.
What's in the gun matters less that who's behind the trigger.
I do hope you tested your firearm with at least 200 rounds of that ammo before relying in it and that it was 100% failure free.