3 inch 45ACP load?

3 inch 45ACP load?

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    3 inch 45ACP load?

    At standard pressure and velocity, does any 45ACP JHP reliably expand?

    HST?
    GDHP-SB?
    DPX?

    I want good expansion and penetration in a more controllable package. My Kahr kicks HARD with the Double Tap loads. I like everything DT offers, but landing a second shot with the recoil is not looking good for me. I like to hit fast and hit hard, but I'm becoming more and more convinced that many times, the second hit is required.

    Anything?
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    I can't find the data, but remembering from research a year ago, data showed the following loads consistently expanded as desired in gelatin tests from 3" 45acp.
    1) Winchester Ranger T 230gr +p
    2) Federal Tactical 230gr +P
    3) Corbon DPX 160gr & 185gr+p

    When I had my Colt Defender and Kimber UC, I used the Corbon DPX 160gr, which was specifically designed for the short barrel 45's.

    Here is a link for testing done by Steven Camp using that round and 3" 1911...
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    Expansion looks good on the DPX. I'll fart around the links to see about penetration. a 160gr can't recoil much at standard pressure...

    Good info!

    Anyone else have a reference?
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