Gold Dot 135gr.
Gold Dot 135gr.
After my testing of my. 45 its Winchester Ranger T's and Federal HST shot some into some ballistic like gel I made results/pics are in thread for the glock 30 carry ammo
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Currently it's Hornaday Critical Defense. As soon as my AmmoToGo order comes in I'll be back to 180gr Ranger T's and my wife will have 127gr Ranger T +P+.
Here are the rounds I tested the other day into my Gel I made, from left to right is Winchester PDX1, Speer Gold Dot, Winchester Ranger T series, and Federal HST, I will now only be using the Ranger T's and HSTs after this test, they did the most damage and opened up the best...
If you are referring to just bullets... Gold Dot, Ranger and HST. All are great proven bullets.
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Whatever I grab. They all work. If a bullet fails, one of the other four I send ought to spread some.
Hornady XTP 45 185gr.
9mm 115gr FMJ pushed with 6.9 grains Hodgdon HS-6 and CCI primers.
In my 1911 I use my reloads using a cast 230 gr. RN bullet.
When I carry my 44 spcl I load it with my reloads using a cast 245 gr. SWC.
I used to sweat the details and spend too much on 'carry' ammo.
When you're shooting paper targets, you really don't get a feel for what's happening, so you're left to rely on the information and marketing that's available out there.
When you're shooting on private property at more interesting targets (car doors, cinder blocks, wood, cans, jugs & don't forget critters (ya gotta eat too)), you get a better sense of what those ft-lbs and bullet types equate to on the receiving end.
Brand names aside, I've come full-circle back to preferring simple, heavy bullets. Soft metals like lead do horrific things on soft targets. Putting a jacket on them, lets you run them a little faster. Hollow points are even better if you don't need to penetrate any critter armor, and it's going fast enough to expand. Big bullets generally make bigger holes than small bullets. The rest is minutia where I find my time is better spent on refining my shooting skills.
It seems like everybody's answer is the same in every thread asking which bullet or carry round is the best.
For me, Federal HST across the board. Winchester's Ranger-T and Speer's Gold Dot are also very good choices.
HST; Ranger-T; Gold Dots (for the most part) in the heaviest weight available for the caliber (147 in 9mm and 230 in .45). Whichever I currently have on hand.
My revolvers mainly get, as mentioned above, a .38+P SWCHP. I'm using Federals, as a got a great deal on a case a few years back.