180 or 165gr HST or Ranger T-series.
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I like the Double Tap Gold Dot loads. They are optimized for CCW length barrels. Also good would be Remington Golden Sabres and Winchester Ranger. Also, any of the copper DPX loads should be pretty good.
Federal P40HST1 (180 gr.) for me.
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I seem to like the Golden Sabre for SD. I can't really tell you why. I use UltraMax Lead Nose for practice when I am competing at our company range because we shoot steel at less than 40 feet. If I am shooting paper targets I love HSM when I can get it.