For my new XDs, 230 or 185 gr for self defense?

For my new XDs, 230 or 185 gr for self defense?

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    For my new XDs, 230 or 185 gr for self defense?

    I just bought an XDs. It is my 1st .45, and I need help picking the best ammo for self defense. I tend to believe the heavier bullet might be more effective, but I am not sure. Any particular brand or type that might perform better? These 2 are the only ones I have found on-line currently.


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    Either bullet will provide great defensive qualities. By the way, Springfield Armory makes greast handguns...good choice and great caliber.

    I carry Golden Sabers 230 grain in .45 and 180 Grain in .40 cal.
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    i have federal hydroshok 230 grainers loaded in my glock 21. id go with the 230gr if i were you.

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    Any of the premium self defense rounds from the major ammo makers will get the job done. My personal preference runs heavy for caliber, so it's 230 grain for me.

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    As another member would say:

    "When in doubt, go heavy".

    I see no reason to dispute that.
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    ...man fights with his mind; the weapons are incidental.--Jeff Cooper


    There is a reason they try and make small bullets act like big bullets--Glockmann10mm

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    Federal hst 230gr, best round

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    i run 230 speer gold dot when i can find them and 220 hornady crit duty when i cant.
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    The 180 grain bullet will deliver more ft pounds of energy due to higher velocity. That is my choice. Bigger is not always better.

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    I prefer 230 but either will do well for you
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    If you put them where it matters, either should do the job, but my preference is heavier bullets. They've worked so well for so long.
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    I would think either would work for you and I think it would be a good idea to look for some buffalo bore or corbon ammo. Double tap ammo has even better ballistics but might be a long wait. Right now I have the federal hydro-shock in my 10mm and they shoot very well. I am still waiting on ammo from double tap hopefully it will ship soon.

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    Thanks for the advice. I ordered 2 boxes of Federal 230 JHP Hi-Shok.
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    http://mousegunaddict.blogspot.com/2...sting.html?m=1

    Take a look at this. I think this is extremely compelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxytwo View Post
    The 180 grain bullet will deliver more ft pounds of energy due to higher velocity. That is my choice. Bigger is not always better.
    Tell me--what wounding effect does a foot-pound cause?

    Put another way--If you have two rounds, both penetrating to 13" and expanding to .70, but one does it with 350 ft/lbs, and the other with 400...how is the one with more energy more damaging?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R040607 View Post
    Pocket Guns and Gear: Springfield XDs Carry Ammo testing

    Take a look at this. I think this is extremely compelling.
    I came back around and retested the two I thought were best. I ended up buying a bunch of the Federal because it was available and I think it was a couple bucks cheaper per box at the time. Very happy with either one.

    Pocket Guns and Gear: Clear Gel Terminal testing Winchester Ranger 45 Auto +P 230 Grain T-Series

    Pocket Guns and Gear: Clear Gel Terminal testing Federal Premium 45 Auto 230 Grain HST
    Author of the Pocket Guns and Gear blog. Stop by for a peek at http://mousegunaddict.blogspot.com

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