Since I posted the 40-caliber-bullet results, I've switched to 45GAP and tested a couple. Since the Gold Dot excelled in the .40-cal. test, I bought those bullets and also Winchester Silvertip ammo.
Again the Gold Dot performed excellently, and until someone sends me some 45-caliber bullets to test, I'm finished.
Here are my cartridges.
I've used Speer Gold Dots and Federal Hyra shoks for years. I may not have given it too much thought though since in a .45 I didn't think there would be a significant difference in performance.
Anyone have a range report on the Winchester PDX1s?
I stumbled across this thread and posted my vote for the Barnes DPX bullet (Corbon). I was surprised at the low ranking it has overall. I am more than willing to change rounds if the other stuff is better. Is the DPX just another hype deal the old man has fallen for? Educate me please.
Depends on the load. try the GOLD DOT SHORT BARREL versions. designed to expand at the reduced velocities of shorter barrels.
WWB BJHP in .180 gr or Hornady Critical Defense .165 gr. in .40
Federal Hi-Shok 125 grain SJHP .357 Magnum ammo.
Federal Hi-Shok 115 grain JHP 9x19 +P+ ammo.
Federal Hi-Shok 115 grain JHP 9x19 SV ammo.
Federal 155 grain JHP .40 S&W ammo.
I was advised years ago to shoot what the local police shoot and now that's usually HydraShoks or Winchester PDX1. If it's okay for them to shoot bad guys with these loads it will be easier to convince a jury it was okay for you to do the same in self defense. Most of these loads group well enough from any pistol I've owned to easily do the job. As for downrange ballistics, if you hit something vital anything will work.
There will always be a box of Ranger T series in my nightstand
380: MagTech 85gr. Runners up: USAammo 90gr, Hornady XTP, Ranger T-Series.
9mm: Federal Premium 124gr HST. Runners up: Federal Premium 124gr +P HST, Federal Premium 147gr HST, Ranger T-Series 147gr., Speer Gold Dot 124gr.
But over all now. The new hornady FTX bullet, superior controlled expansion. FTX as won every test for over 2 yrs now. Then any bullet in it's class.
I voted for Federal Hydra-Shok,
Although I agree with Mike.
Just about any quality HP round is fine with me.
And I have several different brands around the house.
Gold Dot Hollow Points Is What I am Using Now But I also like silver tips and Winchester!!
But In Reality If You Put 2 In The Heart And One In The Head It Does,nt Matter What You Use!!!!