This is a discussion on Trying to decide on my 45 carry round for my New Kimber Pro Carry II within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ponchaz Hey just wondering your is your Kimber goverment size or cammander size like my pro carry II? My Kimber is a ...
I have no real world experience to support my decision, but my NRA-certified, FFL-holding, gunshop and shooting range-owning buddy recommends Hornady Critical Defense, so all of my carry ammo is Critical Defense.
I didn't vote; 5 out of your 6 choices are +P rounds, and I just don't see the need for +P in .45. It takes that much longer to get the gun back on target for follow-up shots, and I haven't seen any real-world reports that make me feel under-gunned with 230-grain JHPs or even good ol' FMJ.
Careful with that Serpa holster, though - mind your trigger finger. Don't be like this guy who had your exact same rig -
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I carry Winchester Ranger-T or Federal HST. Both 230gr standard pressure.
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This is a tough one! I really like the Federal HST, but I didn't have any available when I first got my pistol so I went with my equal choice, Hornady Critical Duty. No clogging and easy feeding.
I have found thru trial and error that Remington 230 gr. Golden Sabers function best in my 3" 1911. A Chrono check showed an average of 800 fps, and the rounded nose of the hp bullet feeds smoothly in operation. It's my EDC.
I have 3 Kimbers, 3", 4" and fullsize. My SD round is CorBon DPX 185 +P. Accurate and reliable, made in USA. I have a good stock of them in .45 and 9mm. Good thing too, they are hard to find.
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In a day and time when there were more choices for experimentation, my Glock 30 fed and shot Speer 230gr GDHP short barrel (good expansion in my testing) or Remington-UMC 230gr JHP best, the 1970's production Lightweight Commander liked Winchester 185gr JHP Silvertips or the Remington-UMC 230gr JHP, the replacement Commander feeds and shoots Federal 230gr JHP-HST or the 185gr Silvertips. All three pistols would feed and shoot almost any brand of 230gr round nose FMJ reliably.
From previous comments regarding your list of maybes, agree that 45ACP +P is probably unnecessary (and may be detrimental given your noted experience with recoil).
Most important: From available ammunition, what feeds and shoots well in your pistol and your hand AND you are NOT unarmed loaded with 45ACP 230gr ball.
Hope this helps your deliberations.
I'd go with one of these: Thoughts on Service Pistols, along with Duty and Self-Defense Ammo Recommendations - M4Carbine.net Forums
As people have already mentioned, I would get whatever feeds reliably and shoots well in your Kimber.
I know my S&W 1911 didn't like Ranger-T's but LOVES Speer Gold Dot's (230 gr standard Pressure).
I use Federal HST as my defensive round in my .45 acps and my 9mm how ever I use hornady zombie max for my .38 spl I like the federal most only reason im carrying zombie max is bec of it was the only JHP's I could find for my .38 but I also like the critical duty id trust either of the two with the life of my loved ones and myself
Well for what it is worth I use Speer Gold Dot 230 grain. I carry a Kimber Ultra CDP. I use Speer because it shoots well out of my gun.
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