Best XDs carry ammo

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  1. MisterB

    MisterB XDTalk 100 Member

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    Whats your preference, and why?

    I've for some Feseral Hudrashock hollowpointand Buffalo Bore +P hollowpoint left over from other guns, so that's what I'm using, but if there's something newer and better, I'd like to consider

     
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    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    and

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=19887

    read that.

    Choose one of the rounds listed under .45.

    Buy a couple of boxes. Take it to the range, and shoot it. See if your gun is 100% reliable with it, and if you like the accuracy and control. If yes to all of the above, just stock up on that round, and stop fretting about what's "best".

    From the second link:

    The keys are:

    -- Cultivate a warrior mindset
    -- Invest in competent, thorough initial training and then maintain skills with regular ongoing practice
    -- Acquire a reliable and durable weapon system
    -- Purchase a consistent, robust performing duty/self-defense load in sufficient quantities (at least 1000 rounds) then STOP worrying about the nuances of handgun ammunition terminal performance.
     
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    I'm choosing Remington Golden Saber standard pressure. Good round and I've field tested it so I know it works.
     
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    My earlier post turned out to be user error and I can't even begin to tell you how he was unable to rack a round into the barrel but there it is. I shot the XDs today and and enjoyed it very much. I can see what all the fuss is about how such a small frame handles a large load but it does and she does it well. I will still go with the 3.8" XDm .45, I just like having the rounds available with a carry weapon.
     
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    I've been running the Remington HD Ultimate Home Defence 230gr. Never shot it before but since the shop I bought the gun at didn't have Hornady that's what I went with. It's been running flawless with them and been pretty accuratedfor me so I'll stick with 'em.
     
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    Winchester PDX1 230 JHP......only because my Walmart sells it and I bought a bunch of it!
     
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    Federal HST 230gr.
     
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    Speer Gold Dot 230gr JHP's
     
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    Ya know, the XDS is a short barrel gun.

    People need to consider ammo specifically engineered for short barrel guns that helps reduce the blinding flash of night firing and reduces recoil. Best choice would be Speer Gold Dot short barrel ammo in 230 grain Speer Ammo - Short Barrel

    The ammo to use for a short-barrel .45 auto XDS (or XDM) is listed second to last on this product page: http://www.speer-ammo.com/ballistics/ammo.aspx

    The Hornady Critical Defense is also for short barrel guns, however, they do not make it in a 230 grain bullet weight.
     
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    I've shot the speer gold dot short barrel and the Xds loved it.
     
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    The best ammo is what you shoot best and your gun likes. For the XDS I started with the top 3 that I shot well with my XD 9SC: Ranger-T, Federal HST, and Golden Saber. I then added a less expensive (as compared to cheap) ammo for range use, Federal Classic / Hi-Shok #45D. Come to find out, my XDS (or me in combo with the XDS) does not shoot Golden Saber well. I'll use up my remaining 150 but will not restock that ammo.

    For the combo of me and my XDS, Federal HST works best. Also, those 45D's worked sweet too, so I've identified a carry round and a target round. Doubt I will deviate from those.

    Your mileage will vary, and what works well for one may not be the favorite of another. The important thing is to identify what works best for you!
     
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    "short barrel" rounds are not necessary for proper performance.

    I've shot several of the rounds listed in the links I provided out of a 3" auto and a 2.5" revolver, and in a wetpack medium found that they got adequate penetration and decent expansion.

    And the 185gr critical defense is a terrible choice, no matter the barrel length.
     
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    Not needed for proper performance but are marketed for optimal performance to reduce muzzle flash at night, which can affect your follow-up shot.

    If people want a non-short barrel ammo, then it is pretty safe to say that Winchester PDX1 is one of the most accurate and reliable ammo around and would be my next choice.
     
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    Actually, while the PDX1 got some of the best penetration in my tests, the bonded design gave it very limited expansion; slightly over .5, if memory serves.

    HST and Ranger-T+p were some of the better performers, among with the Barnes Tac-X Copper HP. Note that HST and Ranger both are made with low flash propellants...

    Like I said earlier, though...choose one of the rounds off the links I posted earlier, make sure the pistol runs it,and don't get caught up in the hype with boutique loads.
     
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    Add 1 for the Gold Dot 230 JHP.
    No need for +P in a 45. :rolleyes:
    I shot 20 with no problems.

     

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