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Posted: 9/19/2009 10:06:37 AM EST
Neither of these may be your top choice but of these two, which would you pick for the following pistols: 3-, 4-, and 5-inch 1911, USP45, USP45c. The USP full size is for home defense; the smaller 1911s and USPc are for carry. I have heard some say the 185+P has some benefits out of shorter barrels compared to 230 grn but I wanted to get a few opinions. Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 10:19:41 AM EST
Without question the 230gr GS load:

Faster follow-up shots
Less recoil
Less blast
Deeper penetration

[the 230gr GS is my favorite self-defense .45 ACP cartridge]
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 10:52:07 AM EST
The 230 for sure.

I keep my G36 stoked with it.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 11:02:00 AM EST
Go heavy or go home!

errr...wrong forum. Wait. No. Applies here too.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 12:14:02 PM EST
Either would be a fine choice.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 12:54:15 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:58:25 PM EST
^^^^^ What they said! ^^^^^
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:04:26 PM EST
230 grn For the WIN
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:13:27 PM EST
Another vote for the 230 grain bonded here.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 1:34:48 PM EST
There certainly seems to be a consensus so far. I consulted Remington's online ballistics info and it suggests that the 230 grain bonded HP and 230 grain FMJ enoy nearly identical ballistics at close ranges. Has that been your practical experience? Once I try enough to make sure my pistols will cycle it I can obviously save a lot of money by practicing with FMJ if the two rounds behave similarly.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 2:55:10 PM EST
These guys didn't test your precise ammo choices, but their work might help you decide.

Ballistics by the Inch
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