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

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

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

    Knowing that the "best" .45ACP round is subjective, I was trying to decide between the Federal HST 230gr +P and the CorBon 185gr +P for use in a Glock 36. They both compare favorably in penetration and expansion. However, I am somewhat hesitant to go with a 185gr round. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.


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    Why a +P round? You can get the HST in a regular 230gr.
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    HST, without a doubt. The Ranger T-Series is up there with HST as well. If you're working or spending a lot of time around vehicles, the Ranger bonded is a good choice. 230gr and there's no need for +P unless you're using a shorter barrel. The extra velocity is not necessarily an advantage in heavy handgun rounds. For a 4" barrel or longer, I'd stay with 230gr standard pressure HST or Ranger Bonded, depending on what I'm doing.

    There are others as well, but these should do everything you could ever need. I'm not basing my comments on opinion, this is what data shows from autopsies of shooting victims (or shooting deservers) and exhaustive testing and research from some of the most respected experts in small arms ballistics.

    These links for Dr Gary Roberts (DocGKR has some great info).

    Thoughts on Service Pistols, along with Duty and Self-Defense Ammo Recommendations - M4Carbine.net Forums

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    All I carry are the Ranger T-Series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbum View Post
    All I carry are the Ranger T-Series.
    That's my primary 9mm carry round as well.
    Proven combat techniques may not be flashy and may require a bit more physical effort on the part of the shooter. Further, they may not win competition matches, but they will help ensure your survival in a shooting or gunfight on the street. ~Paul Howe

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    I have no issue carrying the 185gr Critical Defense. My own tests and internet tests I have seen show adequate performance. That said, I am thinking very hard about going back to Gold Dots in 230gr. If you go to youtube and hit up Tnoutdoors9 channel, he has a sub section of all his .45acp tests. Very interesting.

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    I like the 230 grain HST's but my preference is the Speer Gold Dot 200+P GDHP. I prefer it's nice mix of weight and speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmanluke View Post
    I like the 230 grain HST's but my preference is the Speer Gold Dot 200+P GDHP. I prefer it's nice mix of weight and speed.
    Been looking hard at that one too.

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    I read some bad things about the 200gr 45's performing poorly but if memory serves me, which i do not trust these day, was talking about old school 200gr HP's. Tnoutdoors9 nine did a test with the 200gr and it performed beautifully. That said I have DPX 185gr +P in my short barrel 45's.

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    I carry PDX1. Don't seem to hear much about it, but it's like a bonded version of the Talon (without the talons, due to bonding process). Current FBI load.

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    Gold Dots or DPX. The 2 best in my opinion although, to be honest, I have no experience with the Rangers.

    I carry the "Compact" pistol load in my Officer's model;

    Corbon

    VERY accurate in my experience.
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    Ball. :)

    Just kidding... I shoot Speer Gold Dot short barrel 230g... but opinions are like bungholes and mine is just as bad.

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    It's .45 ACP. It's all good!
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades View Post
    Why a +P round? You can get the HST in a regular 230gr.
    ........which is my preference.

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