Can't go wrong with Gold Dots.
This is a discussion on Switching to Speer Gold Dot factory loads in my semi's within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I got my first .45 recently - a NIB XDS at a very good price - and I took it to the range today ...
So I got my first .45 recently - a NIB XDS at a very good price - and I took it to the range today to test it out. I'm familiar with the gun, so this was just a function check and SD ammo selection. In addition to the range ammo, I purchased a box of Remington Golden Sabers and Speer Gold Dots, both 185 gr.
Both fed well in the XDS. However, the Golden Sabers had a massive flash, while the Gold Dots had no discernible flash. The contrast was quite astounding. I never really noticed the difference until I fired the two brands in sequence. So I've decided that I will transition over to the Gold Dots in my semi's - I have read only good things about them, and I don't need to be blinded by a flash should I ever need to rely on these weapons at night.
As for the XDS - those .45 are ginormus bullets. For some reason I can never get over their size...
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Can't go wrong with Gold Dots.
...they picked 'em before they were done growing...230 grain...Gold Dot's all I buy for my .45s...
I used to shoot Gold Dots but then switched to Winchester PDX-1's for all my pistols and my carbines. If you come across a box, you might give them a try and see what you think.
Gold Dot, along with HST, are the two best SD rounds on the market. None of the gimmick crap like Critical Defense, Guard Dog, Halo Point etc. but rather proven results on the street. A lot of LEOs have used Gold Dots to put down bad guys, the performance is excellent, which explains why it is found in so many LEO's guns.
Big fan of the Gold Dots.
Looking forward to running some through my new XDs.
I run 185gr Gold Dots in my HK USP45 Tactical and 147 gr Federal HST in my 9mms.
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Fired a couple 40 s&w 165gr. Gold dots the last time I was at the range and was very impressed with them.
I have 180 grain Gold Dots loaded in my G23.
Just as a shooter seldom notices the noise of a handgun in the heat of battle, I question how much "flash blindness" one would occur when the adrenaline is flowing.
I have Gold Dots, Win PDX1s, and Hydra[-Shoks, all of which I presume to be effective if placed where needed.
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I have Gold Dot 165 gr.40cal which I like a lot. I also use Federal bonded HST 185 gr. Just a few weeks ago I noticed a box of Hornady Critical Duty 175 gr on the shelf so I bought it. Since it's only a box of 20 I haven't shot any yet. It was the only .40 call in the store so I snapped them up for $20. Like the rest of my SD ammo I heard good things about them.
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