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Hornady Critical Defense

This is a discussion on Hornady Critical Defense within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I bought some for my .38 special derringer. No feeding issues yet....

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    I bought some for my .38 special derringer.
    No feeding issues yet.

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    This is actually my carry round in my M&P 9mm (9mm version obviously). I did buy some for my RIA 1911 combact in .45 and had some issues as well. A friend suggested I polish the feed ramp and keep is clean and it has worked flawlessly ever since.

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    I'd rather carry a quality JHP that will is actually designed to penetrate deep enough on an off-angle shot, or if it needs to go through some type of barrier first.

    Gimme a quality, standard JHP any day over the neutered, noseplugged gimmick rounds.
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    I use cd in my ultra carry mainly because golden saber and gold dots would not feed. They were too flat. I use cd in my lc9 as well. Never had a single problem with either caliber

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    If you never get them to feed you shouldn’t feel slighted in anyway. I tried reloading some silicone filled Golden Saber’s VS Hydra Shock’s and some Golden Sabers without silicone.

    Using the least amount of water I could, about an inch deep with the two liter bottle lying down 4 layers of denim and a bucket of sand to stop bullet the silicone did not enough better to tell much but if shot into wood it would start to expand the others just filled the cavity and came out like a FMJ.

    I think on smaller calibers it may be more necessary but it doesn’t seem to be for a 45.


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    I use it in my P3AT and it feeds perfectly. I have it in .380 because from my research it's one of the best performing .380 options. In .45, I'd probably choose something else. I like Corbon DPX. Hornady designed Critical Defense NOT to pass FBI testing. But in my case .380 doesn't pass FBI testing anyway but Critical Defense performs well for a .380. If you want to use Critical Defense, that's great. It's a .45 in almost any bullet design is going to be a good stopper. Just thought I'd pass on the info :)

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