185 grain or 230 grain?

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  1. Mar 31, 2012 #1
    RRA6.8spc

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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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    Yoopermike

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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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    fredj338

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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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    ktuluXD45

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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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    rickett

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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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    kapt_krunch

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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.
     
  10. Apr 8, 2012 #10
    Spews

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    Absolutely agree. 230 gr is the way to go in 45ACP.
     

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