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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)||1000|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||411|
Ballistic gelatin testing is one way to get an idea of how a self-defense load might perform in a real world self-defense situation. So we fired five rounds of Hornady 185 gr Critical Defense from a Kahr CW45 from a distance of 10 feet into a block of synthetic ballistic gel with a barrier of four layers of fabric simulating heavy clothing. We then gathered information on the expansion and penetration characteristics of this load. That data is represented in the chart below.
How this load compares to other .45 ACP (Auto) loads from our tests in regards to bullet expansion and penetration can be found in the diagrams at the bottom of the page.
We also took photos of each bullet that was recovered from the gelatin, seen in the photo slider below. The high speed video shows this round impacting the ballistic gelatin at 10,000 frames per second.
Want to know more about our ballistic gelatin test, including more photos, videos, and data? Check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the full story.
|45 ACP - 185 Grain FTX - Hornady Critical Defense - 20 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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Rely on these everyday
I keep both mine and my wife's pistols loaded with these every day for every occasion. I rely on the excellent quality and performance of Hornady's Critical Defense ammunition no matter where we go or what we do.I am comfortable betting our lives on this ammunition and our firing drills. Practice, practice, practice and more practice.
Ballistic Gel Massacre
This is what I keep in my Kimber Warrior for home defense. When fired into ballistic gel, this stuff always opens up into a perfectly round, nickel sized slug that does obscene amounts of damage. I've never had an FTF or FTE with it & it is accurate at the range. The only drawback is the price. This should be your concealed carry &/or home defense round. Use cheaper stuff for practice or plinking.
This is one bad looking bullet that does a lot of damage to what ever it hits!
I handload these 180 grain FTX bullets over 10.0 grains of Accurate No 5 powder and it seems anything I hit with them looks like it has been hit with a full house 44 magnum. I shoot them out of a Springfield GI 1911 and have never had a failure of any type. I use the 1911 as my carry gun and always loaded it with these rounds so I guess you can say "Im betting my life on it"
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