Favorite carry/SD .45 ACP hand load?

Favorite carry/SD .45 ACP hand load?

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    Favorite carry/SD .45 ACP hand load?

    Bullet, powder, charge?
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    Hornady XTP, or a 225 weight lead TC over 6.5 grains of Unique.
    But verify that in a manual as I am just going off memory.
    I get over 900 fps, a little faster with the lead.
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    IF I was going to use a handload in the 45 ACP as a carry load, it would probably be my practice load. A 200 grn LSWC over 5.0 grns of Titegroup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40Bob View Post
    IF I was going to use a handload in the 45 ACP as a carry load, it would probably be my practice load. A 200 grn LSWC over 5.0 grns of Titegroup.
    What speed are you getting out of that Bob?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    What speed are you getting out of that Bob?
    I don't know for sure. It should be around 900, middle of the road load.
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    I would use 200 gr. LSWC and 4.8 grs of WST. Very clean load with 884 fps out of both of my Kimber custom 2's.

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    230 grain hardcast lead - 5.2 grains of bullseye Win primers (also on memory always verify via manual)
    Also load same combo with Win 231 but forget the powder charge and don't have my notes handy
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    Cool

    I know the question was about hand loaded favorite rounds for carry and self defense.

    Not for hunting game animals but for EDC.

    I like the 230 grain Gold Dots or Golden Sabers in the factory loading.

    Both are good rounds that have a track record of success and they are what the LEO's in my neck of the swamp are issued.

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    I didn't know 200gr SWC's were popular to some for self defense purposes. I still laugh, one time at the range a guy said the same thing making the comment that they (200gr SWC) would expand to the size of your thumb...yeah right, more likely cut a .45" hole in and out, cookie cutter style.

    I like Power Pistol for warmer .45 ACP loads. Using 8.1gr of Power Pistol, a 230gr bullet (XTP, or insert your favorite design) is moving to just shy of 1,000 fps from my Glock 21 (avg was 993 fps).

    Also, 7.0gr PP under a 250gr hardcast does around 975 fps from the Glock 21, great for woods/hunting use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDGlock23 View Post
    I didn't know 200gr SWC's were popular to some for self defense purposes. I still laugh, one time at the range a guy said the same thing making the comment that they (200gr SWC) would expand to the size of your thumb...yeah right, more likely cut a .45" hole in and out, cookie cutter style.

    I like Power Pistol for warmer .45 ACP loads. Using 8.1gr of Power Pistol, a 230gr bullet (XTP, or insert your favorite design) is moving to just shy of 1,000 fps from my Glock 21 (avg was 993 fps).

    Also, 7.0gr PP under a 250gr hardcast does around 975 fps from the Glock 21, great for woods/hunting use.
    More like a .30 caliber hole in tissue. In paper yes pretty close to .45.

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    For many years before reliably expanding bullets (and it became politically incorrect), my #1 SD load was a 200 gr. SWC loaded with 7.2 gr. Unique. 1040 fps out of 5" barrel. Still like it for a woods load.

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    For many years before that the lead round nose bullet and before t hat Mini ball was the choice before that round lead ball was king.

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