45acp JHP Def Ammo- whatcha got?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by sweeper22, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I'm about to add my first 45auto, likely in 1911 form. I'll probably end up ordering some defense ammo shortly, and I'm completely undecided as to what I'll buy. I realize this is a personal decision and most of the options out there are more than sufficient. But I'd like to hear some opinions of those more experienced than myself....like choosing between 185gr, 200gr, 200+P, 230gr, 230+P.

    So I'd like to know what 45acp defense ammo you use, and why.

    Example: For 9mm I prefer Winchester Rangers, 127gr +P+. It feeds flawlessly in both of my nines and I think it possesses an ideal balance of weight and velocity (1200+fps) for a full-framed pistol. Internet research also implies that it is one of the deepest penetrating 9mm defense rounds available, though it might be less manageable in smaller, lighter pistols.

    Any info or experiences are appreciated.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I prefer to use the 230gr hollowpoint.
    It hits at about the same pont of aim as the FMJ I normally use, but with a hollow point, there is supposedly more expansion and not as much "pass through" as the FMJ.
     

  3. SHAMUSPI

    SHAMUSPI New Member

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    I normally shoot the 45 Super (Buffalo Bore). No doubt of expansion. Otherwise, the loads from Double Tap offer high velocities, in their words, "Just shy of +P."
     
  4. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I use winchester ranger 230gr +p.

    I don't think there's any better out there.
     
  5. Whiskey

    Whiskey New Member

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    I use Cor-Bon Pow'R Ball JHPs because they will feed each and every single time without fail, from my experiences. I'll use other defensive rounds in other guns, but for the 1911, it gets nothing but Pow'R Balls.
     
  6. masterPsmith

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    I stoke my Para with 230gr. Black Talons (I have a good supply) . They are not easy to find and are expensive when you do find them. Next best for me would be Winchester 230gr. XST Rangers. JMHO......

    Jim.......
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    230gr Gold Dots. Feed like ball. Expand reliably. Penetrate deeply. One of our guys had to put down an injured bull. Something in the 2000 pound range. Once shot in the "X" (eyes, ears, X). Through and through the massive head. Instant kill. Dug its self about 8" into the mud after exit. Perfectly expanded. Still weighed 230 grains!!!

    I will put that up against any bullet.
     
  8. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Sounds like most so far are in the 230gr+P camp.

    I've been 100% happy with Rangers and Gold Dots in other calibers, so I'll probably order one or the other. Hornady TAP and Black Hills also caught my eye. Maybe I'll order a box of one or the other.
     
  9. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    I keep mine loaded with 230 gr Winchester Black Talons. I think their reputation speaks for itself.
     
  10. canebrake

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    The first two, the one in the pipe and the first one stripped from the mag are Cor-Bon Pow'RBall. They are HP's that will penetrate an auto windshield and deform little when passing through auto side glass.

    The remaining seven are Hornady TAP FPD's.

    I'm comfortable with that.

    masterP and Bear mentioned Black Talons. If you can find them, then if you can afford them, jump on it!

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    Federal HSTs work well.

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    Find one, buy a couple of boxes and make sure they run flawlessly in your EDC, ONLY AFTER the gun has passed break-in.
     
  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I keep mine loaded with Federal HST 230gr +p. I've tested them quite a bit and have had good results. Weight retention is amazing.

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  12. SGT_Calle

    SGT_Calle New Member

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    a magazine of Hornady Critical defense in 185 gr. and two magazines of speer gold dots in 230 gr.
     
  13. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    I have the Winchester Bonded PDX1 230gr JHP's. I was impressed with their performance when I did some ballistic testing for the now dead ".45 Kings" thread.

    Nice penetration and excellent expansion.
     
  14. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    This thread??:rolleyes:

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    Im with spittinfire, I liked how the 230gr +p HST performed during my test
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  15. Angry_bald_guy

    Angry_bald_guy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ok, so Federal HST gets the vote from most of you?
     
  16. User Name

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    I carry Hornady critical defense 185gr. I like the idea of the pre-filled JHP because heavy clothing effects it less. It also has low flash powder so shooting in dark areas wont blind you. They feed perfect in my Kimber.
     
  17. IGETEVEN

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    What ever is on sale. IMHO, with correct round placement and follow up, they all do just about what they were designed to do, but you wanted opinions.

    If I had to choose though, for me it would be Speer 230 Gold dots and Federal HST 230+ P.
     
  18. canebrake

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    .......................Federal HST
     
  19. MAGNUM44

    MAGNUM44 New Member

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    SD ammo

    The newer Ranger ammo is the same round as the ol'e Black Tallon, it just doesen't have the black coating on the bullet as the tallon's did, great SD ammo if you can get & find it as of Sept. 09 winchester's new policy is that they will only sell their ammo to LEO only which I think sucks, I have a few boxes bought before that time I carry only fed HST ammo in my carry gun's great stuff. :cool:
     
  20. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    I now carry Winchester Ranger "T" Series ammo (Talon). It is labeled LE only, but you can find it if you search online.