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Posted: 7/21/2008 12:45:11 PM EDT
I picked up a couple boxes of Federal 165gr Hydra-Shok at $10 for a box of 20.

I'm going to run in through my pistol and see how it does. I need more practice with defensive loads.

Any opinions on Hydra Shoks? Big difference between the 165grains and the 230s? 1911 guys, what do you carry in your pistols daily?
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 1:22:58 PM EDT
I carry 230's.. in a hollow point of some type.. brand, .. meh, but 230 grains is always in my springer.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 1:26:16 PM EDT
200 gr +P Gold Dots.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 1:26:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/21/2008 2:36:54 PM EDT by SGB]
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 1:52:56 PM EDT
i carry 185 gr hydra-soks in my colt new agent
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 1:59:54 PM EDT
I carry Hornady TAP 200gn +P

I picked up a bunch of different kinds of (defensive) ammo, and tried 'em all. I seemed to do well with the TAP round.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 2:01:03 PM EDT
Hornady 200gr TAP
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 2:21:06 PM EDT
Corbon DPX 185gr
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 2:42:40 PM EDT
Speer GoldDot +P 200GR. HP
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 3:25:15 PM EDT
230 grain TAP
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 4:06:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LazarusLong:
230 grain TAP


Same... but HP

David
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 4:16:22 PM EDT
230gr speer gold dot JHP

or

230 +P TAP with XTP JHP
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 4:44:07 PM EDT
Prepare to get many opinions ... before I give you mine let me say that most any .45 will put a nice hole in a bad guy and do its job. What is better is a matter of taste to many ...

I did do a bunch of research and wasted way too much of my time looking into this and this is what "I" believe is the best ... In order of my personal likes ...

Federal HST 185gr
Ranger SXT 230gr
Corbon DPX 185gr

My research shows +P and +p+ does not give a real noticeable plus in wound ballistics so I have given up on them ...
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 5:05:23 PM EDT
Those winchester rangers seem to be kinda difficult to get a hold of online.

midway carries gold dots.

but this was on that link SGB provided, "Speer Gold Dot: While the Gold Dot is a great performer, some do perform better than others. There have been reports of a failure to expand in the lighter bullet weights within a given caliber (155/165gr in .40, and 200gr in .45 for example), so keep that in mind."


Anyone have a source for rangers?
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 5:51:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:49:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By HommieDaKlown:


Anyone have a source for rangers?



jwpatrick@yahoo.com

Yep, good guy to buy from.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 3:31:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 7:05:55 AM EDT by Miami02TJ]

Originally Posted By osprey21:

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By HommieDaKlown:


Anyone have a source for rangers?



jwpatrick@yahoo.com

Yep, good guy to buy from.


He did not have them last time I went looking. Rangers are hard to get your hands on which is why I'm carying HSTs. Well that combined with well known and documented expansion issues. Ammunitiontogo.com is another good source.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 4:09:44 AM EDT
The dolt that I am needs to know what exactly
is +P and +p+ in relation to the designation on ammo.
Does anyone have an idea?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 4:25:08 AM EDT
I like these Federal Tactical HST 45+P
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 4:29:14 AM EDT
Super Vel
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 4:45:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TrkyHunter:
The dolt that I am needs to know what exactly
is +P and +p+ in relation to the designation on ammo.
Does anyone have an idea?


Both are higher pressure rounds.

Sometimes more muzzle velocity and ft/lbs of energy. Some firearms may not be designed to handle +p or +p+ rounds. I think barrel length also plays a big role in this as well.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:42:01 AM EDT
that makes since
what do they use?
extra nitro celuouse?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:32:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HommieDaKlown:
I picked up a couple boxes of Federal 165gr Hydra-Shok at $10 for a box of 20.

I'm going to run in through my pistol and see how it does. I need more practice with defensive loads.

Any opinions on Hydra Shoks? Big difference between the 165grains and the 230s? 1911 guys, what do you carry in your pistols daily?



Any .45 acp. is going to ruin a bad guys day. I want the peace of mind knowing that if I do have to use my .45 to defend my life, I am hitting the bad guy with the most I can hit him with, and I will be doing a two round tap center mass in doing so.

My preference is to carry Federal Premium .45 acp. 230 grain Hydra-Shok Jacketed Hollow Points in my Colt Combat Commander.

165 grains are good .... 230 grains are just better!!
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:49:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 8:51:30 AM EDT by J_M_C]
I prefer the 230 gr. GD HP's.
I just like big, heavy bullets.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:10:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 12:08:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TrkyHunter:
that makes since
what do they use?
extra nitro celuouse?


dunno
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 2:48:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 2:49:50 PM EDT by iostream]
WTF....you guys carry firearms on a day to day basis ?

WTF for ?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 2:59:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 3:11:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 3:28:58 PM EDT
Speer Gold Dot 230 Grain HP
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 4:51:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cobra700:
Corbon DPX 185gr


OH YES,

Corbon DPX "HOT" HP

Ever see the damage a .45 ACP can do when sizzling out the barrel @ 1250 FPS



Link Posted: 7/22/2008 5:31:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By iostream:
WTF....you guys carry firearms on a day to day basis ?

WTF for ?


is this sarcasm or trolling?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 5:32:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By iostream:
WTF....you guys carry firearms on a day to day basis ?

WTF for ?


The Question is why aren't you?


lol....im just kidding

Springfield XD with Federal .45 HSTs.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:35:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LazarusLong:
230 grain TAP


qft
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 3:04:52 AM EDT
If you can't source Rangers, you might try this: 45ACP Speer Gold Dot, 200gr
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