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|Bullet Weight||185 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.45 ACP (Auto)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||936|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||333|
In order to find out how different self-defense handgun loads perform, we decided to do some ballistics gelatin testing of our own. The chart below is a compilation of expansion and penetration data for Hornady 185 gr Critical Defense fired from 10 feet, through four layers of fabric (to simulate clothing), using a Kahr CW45 pistol.
The photo slider provides a close-up view of the bullets we recovered from the gelatin, and the video shows this load entering the gel in extreme slow motion.
The diagrams at the bottom of the page can give you an idea of how this load compares to other .45 ACP (Auto) self-defense loads that we tested.
We did a lot more of this ballistic gelatin testing, including over 100 different loads in a variety of calibers, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for all the details.
|45 ACP - 185 Grain FTX JHP - Hornady Critical Defense - 200 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||11.2||12.8||13.9||23.6||26.6|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.45||0.55||0.63||0.66||0.67|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||183.3||183.3||183.3||184.6||185|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||934||934||936||940||960|
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