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    The only information I can find is on the manufacturer's site. Needless to say, I'm sure it might be a tad bit biased. I was wondering if anyone had any experience or could link some information. I trust it in my Sig Pro 9mm. However, I prefer my Colt Commander in .45. Currently I have it loaded with the Corbon +p with the polymer tip. However, I am looking to change my SD ammo.

    Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    http://www.hornady.com/store/45-ACP-...tical-Defense/



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    I have a Glock 30 .45Auto sub-compact. My edc round is the Winchester Ranger 45Auto+P 230 Grain. This round is the replacement for the Black Talon which is no longer made. Check there website and you can download ballistics for the Ranger Ammo, it states that it is for LEO only but this is false, they sell to the public at gun shops or shows.......I put my life in its hand everyday.....It is basically the same as the black talon exept they no longer put the black lubalox on the casing.........Glock 30

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    Hey, thanks for your reply! I would definately like to get a hold of some Ranger ammoto try out, unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any either online, or locally.





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    Teh, I sent you a PM with a website of a friend where you can purchase the Winchester Ranger .45 Auto round, check your messages.......Glock30

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    Any idea of when the Critical Defense rounds will be coming out for the .45? I have a 9mm, And am carrying the Critical Defense rounds for that. So I wouldn`t mind loading Critical Defens in my .45

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    Any idea of when the Critical Defense rounds will be coming out for the .45? I have a 9mm, And am carrying the Critical Defense rounds for that. So I wouldn`t mind loading Critical Defens in my .45

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    Sorry Double Tap

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    It just came out in .45. I attached a link for ya.

    http://www.hornady.com/store/45-ACP-...tical-Defense/



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    Looks like I will have to keep an eye out at my Local Gun Store now. I can`t wait to load the Springer up with the new Ammo.:celebrate:celebrate

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    Hornady has a reputation for making very consistient ammo. All of the TAP that I've used in the past and the little bit of Critical Defense .38spl that I've fired has been very accurate and worked well. If it functions reliably in your weapon, I don't think there would be a good reason not to use it.

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    I purchased some TAP`s a while ago, But wasent to happy with them. The TAP is the samething as the XTP, that I have used to relaod with. But the Critical Defense for the 9mm, I was very satisfied with that. So I am going to have to get the Critical Defense for the 45 now.

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    TehGruu wrote:
    The only information I can find is on the manufacturer's site. Needless to say, I'm sure it might be a tad bit biased. I was wondering if anyone had any experience or could link some information. I trust it in my Sig Pro 9mm. However, I prefer my Colt Commander in .45. Currently I have it loaded with the Corbon +p with the polymer tip. However, I am looking to change my SD ammo.

    Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    http://www.hornady.com/store/45-ACP-...tical-Defense/



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    Can't speak to 45acp, however I have tried them in 38spl and love them.

    My wife carries a S&W 38 airweight, and we shot multiple different hollowpoints at different targets. The only one that expanded in EVERY media EVERY shot was the critical defense. That is now the only HP for her 38 we have.

    In addition, I was so impressed, I plan on loading my 9mm up with them (after a range trip to ensure cycling). They do what they are advertised to do, which is expand EVERY TIME.

    I will carry critical defense in every gun I carry except for 357 mag (because at those velocities, any HP ammo will expand). That is how impressed I was with the expansion.

    My two cents....

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    My SR9 is loaded with Critical Defense ammo any time I'm not at the range - 17+1 and an extra mag to boot. The co-owner of my local range claims that he's seen several Critical Defense squibs, but I haven't heard this anywhere else. I shot a box of the stuff on Sunday & it cycled perfectly. A bit less muzzle flash & recoil than I'm used to seeing with my typical range ammo (Remington UMC-FMJ or Federal Champion). Less recoil = tighter groups =

    Critical Defense& Remington UMC-HP seemto be the only HP SD ammo I can find locally. Hoping to find some other premium HP SDammoat the Greensboro Gun Show Feb 6-7th .


    Carry on!

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    I'm still trying to find some Hornady Critical Defense for my .380 ACP.

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    The crital defense is a much better round in my opinion, I used to have the Hornady TAP .45 ACP+P for self-defense round. After coming home each night I unchambered the round in the pipe and in the morning I would reload(switch up round on top) and put firearm into battery. After a week the casing on the TAP round was losing tightness around the Bullet and was coming out of casing. When I contacted Hornaday I shipped them back to them and got a replacement box. I did not get the TAP, I got box #9096 .45 ACP+P 230grain which I have had no problems. Hornady told me that I was racking the slide to roughly...LOL, I pull the slide back slowly and and do not release it so it slams into battery. Anyway they sent me a new box no charge. I just had to pay for shipping back to them (UPS) and they also let me know that all of the TAP rounds will no longer have the black shell casing, It is now siver nickel non-corrosive round. I might give'em another shot. I am happy with the .45 Critcal-Defense rounds I recently purchased. I let 5 rounds go downrange this weekend to see how they felt in my EDC gun and I liked it, the polymer tip is nice so that clothing will not affect expansion of the round....Be safe and have a good week....Glock 30

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    Can anyone give an expanded diameter for these?

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    http://www.gunsandammo.com/content/c...defense?page=1 Heres a good article in guns & ammo.... I have been trying toget expansion pictures myself with no luck....I learned a little more about these rounds reading this though. If anyone finds better ballistic info please let us know....Another great round is the Winchestor Ranger .45+p 230 grain T-Series...Winchestors website has pictures and ballistics on all the LEO rounds. On there website download the LEO print catalog on bottum left of page and it gives all ballisic info including all types of obsticales the bullet travels thru... I carry this round also, OUTSTANDING...Thanks, G30


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    I carry golden saber 45 ACP + P in my Kimber Polymer Target.
    That is the same round the local police use!
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    I E-mailed Hornady Technical Suoort and asked for the Diminsion Expansion of the .45 ACP caliber in the Critical Self-Defense Rounds Here is what I wrote, and the reply from a Tech at Hornady...Be Safe and always know your options if something b4 were to take place. (I.E. exit,cover, and any other opions around you) Later, JM. (A.K.A. GLOCK30)

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    I love this round. I use it in my Kimber and iwould trust my life with it. all i can say is buy a box and try it out

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    ProtectedByGlock wrote:
    I E-mailed Hornady Technical Suoort and asked for the Diminsion Expansion of the .45 ACP caliber in the Critical Self-Defense Rounds Here is what I wrote, and the reply from a Tech at Hornady...Be Safe and always know your options if something b4 were to take place. (I.E. exit,cover, and any other opions around you) Later, JM. (A.K.A. GLOCK30)
    So.... you emailed Hornady & asked for the expansion statistics, and they responded by telling you to "Be safe and always know your options if something were to take place" ???? :quirky

    What the heck? They just blew you off & responded with a bunch of nonsense that has absolutely NOTHING to do with your question? :shock:
    Carry on!

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    i shot about 35 rounds of the 185 grain (i beleive) critical defense out of my usp into water jugs and all i can say is wow! the expansion was perfect every single time and so was the cycling. theyre deffinitely worth the money as a defensive load.

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