Which defense rounds are best for 1911 use?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by SigArmored, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. SigArmored

    SigArmored New Member

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    More specificly which brand of JHP will feed the most reliably through a Colt Lightweight commander?I know that the bonded JHP,like PDXI or Ranger Bonded have fed more reliably in the other calibers that I have.But will the forementioned bonded JHP have the same desired spread coming out of a 45.?
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    I have done some research and I am now carrying the New Hornady FTX 185 gr 45 Cal. Critical Defense round.
    I also looked closely at the New Hornady Critical Duty round. But the Defense is actually better for pesonal protection due to the fact that the Critical Duty is designed for some barrier penatration. Being confronted by an individual and normally no need to shoot through a door or glass I want more rapid bullet expansion.
    I use to carry Federal Hydra-Shok rounds. In addition the Critical Defense feeds exceptionaly well!

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  3. jp_over

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  4. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    I also use the 165g hornaday critical defense it in my 40 and love it I feel I am more accurate because of the lighter load also it is less snappy in the 40 than the usual 185gr. I also used them in 45 in my 1911 when I had one with no issues and improved accuracy.
     
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  5. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    WHATEVER feeds through YOUR gun the best. All guns are different so we can tell you what runs great in our guns but yours may hate it. Try several out and see what works the best for you. I have killed 200 big game animals with all kinds of ammo and any bullet that expands will work if you hit them right. Same for humans. People get caught up with the latest and greatest. Just find any bullet that expands at low velocity and it will work if you hit them right. Anything else is BS.
     
  6. SigArmored

    SigArmored New Member

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    I did ask about ammo for a specific gun (if you read the post)and I was hoping for some experience so that I wouldn't waste money on c&@%.But thanks for you're valuable insight.
     
  7. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    ALL guns are different. The one off the assembly in front or behind yours may like some thing totally different than what yours likes is what I'm trying to tell you. Just because it is a certain model, manufacturer, or year made doesn't make a bit of difference. You have to shoot YOUR gun to be certain it runs with a particular brand of ammo. I have several guns, rifles and pistols, that are the same model but are more accurate with a certain brand of ammo. Just the way it is. And yes I read your post but you must not have understood mine or didn't read it.
     
  8. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Additional info regarding your ammunition question. As Killer stated all guns are not alike and I will agree to that especialy when it comes to different manufacturers. How they are different in design how the feed ramp angles and other dimensions are different. But when I was referring to the Hornady FTX 185gr. Critical Defense round that I mentioned it was directly in referrence to the same brand and weapon. I have a Light Weight Colt Commander as well as a Custom Rock River Arms Inc. Elite Commando 45. And shoot this round through both of them at this time.
     

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  9. SigArmored

    SigArmored New Member

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    Thank you for clarifying.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have to agree with Limbkiller on this. most SD ammo made currently is pretty good and most will perform about the same. yes, some might perform better than others, but for the most part, pretty much the same. my first rule in ammo is that it feed reliablily, first and foremost. how well it expands, or penetrates is of little concern if it doesn't feed or chamber reliabily. even FMJ ammo that works everytime you pull the trigger is superior to the best designed SD JHP ammo that doesn't.
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I have Hornady Critical Defense in mine. Had no problems at all with the round, albeit I haven't shot more than 50 HCD through it considering the price.
     
  12. canebrake

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    You're asking the wrong people..........you need to listen to your Colt!

    You can take the advice from our members but until my carry gun runs 200 flawless rounds of a given make, I won't carry it!

    I like Hornady TAP Personal Defense .45 ACP +P 200 Grain JHP and yes 200 rounds cost ~$200 but...........$200 is cheap piece-of-mind and a small price for the confidence I have in what I carry on my hip.

    I also chamber a PD round only once. If a round is ejected for cleaning/clearing it goes in a range mag and NOT back into my carry mags. (If you gotta ask, you wouldn't understand.)
     
  13. REDTAIL

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    Fed HST's 230 Gr. JHP does not have to be the +P Ammo for SD & the Win. Ranger Ammo is also good.? that's if your not a LEO.? Cause Win. will not sell it to Civilians.? They must think that our lives are not worth their Business.? so I do nor support any Winchester products any longer.? I think that any good 45ACP Factory Ammo.? will serve as an excellent SD ammo,? That is on the market today.? Rem.GS, Hornady XPT's ETC.
     
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    I carry Winchester Ranger-T.
     
  15. Rick1967

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    I would only use premium SD ammo in my 9mm. But with my 1911, I feel diferently. I do currently have Remington JHP ammo in it now. But I feel like any heavy bullet that feeds reliably in a 45 is going to have a crap load of energy. Lets face it ball ammo kept our troops alive for decades. It was only when we switched to the girly little 9mm that we started having problems.
     
  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    How does the saying go?

    A 9mm HP may expand, but a 45 will never shrink.
     
  17. GLI45

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    Ditto to many off the comments on Hornady Critical Duty/Defense ammo. From wife"s .380 up through my .45"s it's my ammo of choice. A big reason is that it feeds reliably in all my pistols. Additionally it performs well in ballistics tests when compared to other brands of personal defense ammunition.

    Whatever you choose make the investment to run at least a couple of boxes through your gun at the range before making a final decision.
     
  18. austin92

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    Horniday critical defense rests in 2 handguns with in a foot of where my head rests ever night. Only factory loaded JHP I will ever trust my life to. Horniday does it best ;)
     
  19. KG7IL

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    so here it goes.....
     
  20. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

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