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|Bullet Weight||230 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.45 ACP (Auto)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||820|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||343|
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 Speer 230 gr Gold Dot Short Barrel 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 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 - 230 gr JHP - Speer Gold Dot - Short Barrel - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||13.7||13.8||13.8||13.9||16.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.682||0.693||0.702||0.703||0.704|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||228||229||230||230||230|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||800||800||805||809||817|
Review by Smokey
I found this ammo to be clean, reliable and effective. I test fired this ammo in a Glock 30sf & Glock 36 and found it highly accurate with low recoil. Perfect carry ammo!
(Posted on 6/21/2020)
1 of 3
Great for picky 1911's during break in.
Review by Dan
I shot 40 rounds of these with 0 FTF in my new Kimber Ultra Carry. Kimbers are notoriously picky about JHP during the break in period. Other JHP's I tried were failing almost every other round. I had no issues with these at all. Accuracy was on par with any range ammo I've used as well. Will definitely be picking up more when it comes available again.
(Posted on 5/15/2020)
2 of 3
60 rounds, 0 FTF
Review by BrotherBob
Functions well in my Kimber Pro TLE II which is very load sensitive. Very accurate on paper.
(Posted on 6/25/2017)
3 of 3
Posted On: 3/21/2020 By: James
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