185 grain or 230 grain?

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  1. RRA6.8spc

    RRA6.8spc XDTalk Member

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    I was wanting some range reports and which one people preferred in their Xd .45acp. Also does one have less muzzle flip than the other.

     
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    I favor the 230 grn. Its the "standard" 45 round. Although when I shoot comp/leagues I end up shooting 200 grn xtp's.
     
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    I carry 185 Speer gold dots, I feel they have better ballistics for personal protection ammo.

    I load 200 grain bullets for my practice ammo.

    I feel 230 grain causes more muzzle flip than the 185's or the 200's so I don't load or buy em generally.
     
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    Depends on what 185grJHP. The std vel stuff is about the same recoil impulse as 230gr ball, maybe a bit lighter. 185gr+P is quite a bit more & IMO, only useful w/ a bonded bullets, as a conventional 185gr driven 1100fps+ is going to over expand & underpenetrate. The best of the std 185gr is the Rem GS IMO. it gets an honest 1000fps in most 4" guns & holds together well. The 185gr XTP is another really good choice. Smaller frontal expansion means it penetrates deeper than most 185gr. My fav small/lt wt frame load is the 200gr XTP std vel. It makes 900fps in my lt.wt. 1911 Comm & always expands to 60cal+. I wish more manuf would get on the 200gr bullet wt band wagon. It's a good balance of recoil & still effective penetration.
     
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    I've always used 230gr Hydra-Shoks in my XD and 1911. I can control both very well.
     
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    230 hands down.

    The only 185gr I'd consider is the Barnes Tac-X loaded under various guises (DPX, etc...).
     
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    I usually purchase 230gr.
     
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    Between the two I definitely favor the 230 gr. Never shot 185, so I can't comment on recoil, but as stated 230 is the std. .45 load. With practice you should be able to deliver reliable double and triple taps on a paper plate at defensive distances. All that aside, I carry 200 gr +p Gold Dots, and the most comfortable/accurate load I've ever run was 200 gr XTPs over 6.3 gr Unique. For me, I like more weight and am willing to train into a heavier load. In my mind more metal = fewer shots per dead zombie. Shoot what you're most comfortable with, and practice until you're formidable with it. :twisted:
     
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    I'm new to the 45 and have been using 230gr. I received 2 boxes of Winchster Ranger T-Series +P that I am going to try soon. I haven't ironed out what I want to carry. Trying to decide between these, HST's and Gold Dots.
     
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    Absolutely agree. 230 gr is the way to go in 45ACP.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TFR3iEb2Hvw#t=2s]Winchester Ranger T SD ammo testing - YouTube[/ame]:)
     
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    Shoot some animals with both, note that the exit wound from 230 gr jhp looks exactly like the entrance wound. In short barrels, the same will hold true of the 185 gr jhp, especially the non-plus P. I favor the 165 gr CorBon PowRBall, if I use any commercial load at all, that is. I'd much, much rather use a much lighter, much faster, solid copper, big hollowbased bullet of my own design.
     
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    Gold Dot 230 hollow points are backed stocked everywhere I've checked. I was able to find 200 GDHP at Grafs.com so I ordered a bunch.
     
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    Ha I have a thread going similar to this. Don't know if I need to go with heavy or lighter rounds in my 3" 1911
     
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    230 gr ALWAYS. Period.

     

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