Which is "best" .45ACP for self defense carry?

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    I load with 230 grain Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints in my 1911's. They work the best in my guns. Your mileage may vary.
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    For my full size 45's I'm loading 230 grain Ranger T's.

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    I preferred the Remington Golden Sabers in my G30 when I had it. 185gr+P would just about give the same results as 230gr for recoil IMO. A G36 was on my want list a long time ago but things changed.

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    185 DPX +P @ 1050 fps from 3" 45ACP

    Cast 230's and FMJ at low pressure feel about the same for practice, but 50yd POI differs. If it weren't for lighter 45 bullets, I'd have dropped down to the 9.
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    I'm a 230gr Gold Dot fan. I generally carry Gold Dots in all my carry pieces, regardless of caliber.

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    Sorry, I was late but I brought us some
    Why?? Because at the last second, the Police are minutes away.

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    So I just went to my LGS and asked if they had Federal HST 45 and the guy says "whats that? Some magical 45 round?"

    This stuff is still available correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianJ View Post
    So I just went to my LGS and asked if they had Federal HST 45 and the guy says "whats that? Some magical 45 round?"

    This stuff is still available correct?
    Mostly online. Google "online ammo sales" and you will get a bunch of places that have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianJ View Post
    So I just went to my LGS and asked if they had Federal HST 45 and the guy says "whats that? Some magical 45 round?"

    This stuff is still available correct?
    Yes, but hard to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades View Post
    Yes, but hard to find.
    I just checked my other LGS. The guy said "thats good ammo, but we dont have any"

    I found some online though. Now should I get +p or standard for my XDm 45 compact with 3.8"barrel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    I think I'm gonna load up my carry mag as follows:

    Round 1: CorBon DPX 185gr +p
    Round 2: Remington Golden Sabre 230gr +p
    Round 3: Gold Dot 230gr
    Round 4: Ranger T 230gr +p
    Round 5: Critical Defense 185gr
    Round 6: Buffalo Bore 230gr
    Round 7: WWB Ball Ammo
    Round 8: CCI ShotShell

    This way I am sure ONE of them will perform and stop whatever I am shooting.
    if i did this, i suspect that i would MISS with the optimum round!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianJ View Post
    So I just went to my LGS and asked if they had Federal HST 45 and the guy says "whats that? Some magical 45 round?"

    This stuff is still available correct?
    Yes, but it's hard to get. Federal intends it for only the LE market, but lots of stores sell it to civilians. There doesn't seem to be a lot of it out there to sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianJ View Post
    I just checked my other LGS. The guy said "thats good ammo, but we dont have any"

    I found some online though. Now should I get +p or standard for my XDm 45 compact with 3.8"barrel?
    I would get standard myself. That is what I want for my Glock 30, or something else from the LIST.
    --Jason--

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    YA im thinking standard. I dont want my 45 any snappier then it already is.
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    I dont even see HST on Federals website. Regardless...I just ordered 2 50rd boxes of standard pressure. WEEEEEEE
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