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Best .45 ACP Defense Rounds?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Uber Rifleman, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Uber Rifleman

    Uber Rifleman United States New Member

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    What is, in your opinion, the best .45 acp expanding defense rounds and why?
    Uber Rifleman:huh:
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Dear God, Uber, we can see who posted what via what appears directly left of the posted text.. there's no need for big red redundancy.
     
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  3. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Best round is always the round you hit the target with.

    Brutus Out
     
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  4. Uber Rifleman

    Uber Rifleman United States New Member

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    I'm sorry, I just like to do it. I know it's redundant, but I like it. Does it really matter to you?
     
  5. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    The best round is the one you can put on target under pressure.
    Most people say some sort of hollow point.I read an article not long ago that said Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch carries his personal defense gun loaded with ball ammo.That a shot to the heart with ball kills just as fast and effectively as a high priced controlled expantion hollow point bullet,when fired at very close range.
    Just a thought.
     
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  6. Uber Rifleman

    Uber Rifleman United States New Member

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    My fear is over-penetration. I don't want a .45 slug going through drywall if I every need to use it.
     
  7. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Modern ammo has come a long way. I like Speer gold dot, but HST or many others will get the job done if you do your part.
     
  8. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    I hear that.I also saw a tv show on sportsman channel where a guy shot through layers of drywall that were spaced a foot or so apart.the ball and hollow point bullets both went through several layers of the wall.The hollow point fragmented but still was deadly through more than 4 layers of wall.
    The best looking tool for home defense,in the instance of the show was a 12 guage loaded with 7 1\2 bird shot.at close range the shot charge acts like a slug but dissapates rather quickly.Still went through 4 or 5 layers of wall though.The thing I didnt like about the test was the lack of insulation between the layers of wall.I think that would have made a considerable difference in the penetration.
    Now back to the original post.I use any premium self defense labeled ammo that shoots good. through gun.I shoot 40 cal. for home defense,just for the capacity increase ofer my 1911.
     
  9. 0V3RC10CK3D

    0V3RC10CK3D Mill Creek, WA Active Member

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    CorBon DPX
     
  10. swampertwo

    swampertwo Just moved to Olympic peninsula!! Active Member

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    HST or HST +P for most self-defense scenarios.
     
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    saxon springfield Active Member

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    FirearmsTactical.com: TacticalBriefs, April 2006

     
  12. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    WOW, ^ that makes a GREAT case for NOT buying Hornday ammo. Both for what it WON'T do AND their opinion that if you do you will "probably go to jail". That is some pure BS there.
     
  13. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Critical Defense won't, it is why they make Critical Duty that will. Passes all of FBI's tests.
     
  14. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    Yep. Apparently, it is Critical that you don't use it for Defense.
     
  15. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    ConBon 230gr JHP .45ACP+P @ over 1100fps... it's like launching a VW beetle going 120mph. ;)
     
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  16. jjackffrost

    jjackffrost central oregon Active Member

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    What i use in my 45 "that works for me" is Hornady Critical Duty .45 ACP +P 220 gr JHP. It works in my 1911 5in and my CCW 3.3in
    I also like the Winchester Ranger T 45 ACP 230gr JHP for the 1911 5in.
    OW one thing when you are thinking about using HP or HP type ammo in your Simi auto pistol make sure you run at least a 100 rounds through it without a jam before you start using it as your go to ammo. There are a lot of finicky pistols out there when it comes to ammo.
     
  17. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    As stated above, it is what you hit center mass with or what you happen to have in the weapon at the time!

    or me it is and JHP 230 grain loaded to specification. Not into much tactical stuff.
     
  18. Rusoarmo

    Rusoarmo Seattle Active Member

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    I used to have Gold dots in both my .45s and 9mm

    Recently switched to HST and HST +P couldn't be happier.
     
  19. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Black talons or Ranger sxt LE's
     
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    A 22 short will go through drywall??