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Old 10-17-2004, 05:53 PM   #1
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45 ACP Defensive Round

What is the best over the counter defensive round? What would be the best reload combo? Is liability too much of an issue for using reloads?
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:09 PM   #2
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I use the 230 grain Federal Hydroshok. hits hard but controlable -at least in my 2 .45s.

Old 10-17-2004, 07:24 PM   #3
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.45 defensive

I used to be a Federal Hydra Shok guy and had no real reson for switching but I have been using Proload 230 grain for quite a while now and I am very pleased with the performance! Seems like a bit less muzzle flash at night and in low light which I find to be a plus as well! 8)
Old 10-17-2004, 09:18 PM   #4
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I like the Golden Sabre 185gr +P's in my Colt Commander,
and the Winchester Ranger 230gr "T"'s in my Sig P220.
I would most definitely avoid handloads in a defensive gun,
unless your practicing....today's factory loads will probably
be as accurate and reliably perform better that most hand-
loads anyway, and if you can show that law enforcement
uses the same load, it's that much more defensible in court.
JMHO of course...
Old 10-18-2004, 03:24 AM   #5
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When I carry a 45, I have relied on Federal's 230 grain HydrShok load. The Remington 230 grain Golden Saber has also received high acclaim for personal protection in the 45 ACP caliber.
Old 10-18-2004, 08:48 PM   #6
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I much prefer the 230's without being +p normally, but my
Commander much prefers the 185 grainers, and they sure
expand pretty well when going as fast as they are. I've
tagged coyotes, a mule deer and javelina aplenty, and they
almost all look like they could be in a bullet ad.
Old 10-18-2004, 09:02 PM   #7
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I shoot 200gr Speer Gold Dot +P.
Old 10-20-2004, 07:37 AM   #8
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bad load

Is their a bad load in 45?
Old 10-20-2004, 08:47 AM   #9
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.45 defensive load

Wap Wap,
I know you say that tongue in cheek, but I had an interesting experience with the now infamous American Ammunition .45 hardball about a year ago! If you look at the American Ammunition thread you will see what I'm talking about!! In general though .45 is the way to go!!
Publican 8)
Old 11-16-2004, 11:36 AM   #10
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Aren't there two differnt types of hydra shoks? The low recoil low energy ones and then the high energy ones? at least for the 40 S&W there are.

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