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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|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||183.3||183.3||183.3||184.6||185|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||934||934||936||940||960|
I would not want to be the bad guy shot with this
Review by K9blueman
Ecellent ammo.... I use this in all my pistols
(Posted on 5/18/2020)
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Review by Rrlaw3
It’s Hornady. Best in the business. Great round!!!
(Posted on 8/11/2019)
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Fired 10 boxes out of my 3 1/2 inch XDS never had an issue
Review by Marsauto
All in all very trusted ammo
(Posted on 12/22/2018)
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Review by Wendell
Would buy from you folks again
(Posted on 11/30/2016)
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Review by Tripp
I have shot this ammo from a 3" 1911 in the 185gr bullet and it seems to preform very well. It feeds without jamming which i've had problems with in the 185gr bullets. I would recomend this ammo
(Posted on 11/15/2016)
5 of 18
Excellent ammo choice
Review by Dragon Slayer
These perform as advertised from a Glock G21 with a 4.46 inch barrel. Expansion in my tests was very impressive. Penetration was more than moderate. You cannot go wrong with this bullet.
(Posted on 9/22/2015)
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Fired from a Springfield 1911 Loaded.
Review by Pat
Ammo fed without a problem and ejected cleanly. All shots in the x ring. Great ammo.
(Posted on 5/26/2015)
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Rely on these everyday
Review by potshot
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.
(Posted on 2/22/2014)
8 of 18
Great Defense round
Review by Joey
These shells have great expansion. Just look up .45 critical defense rounds on youtube.
(Posted on 5/15/2013)
9 of 18
Great ammo, too pricey for target practice
Review by Kris
Loves these rounds and have complete confidence in their performance, should the need to use them in a critical situation ever come up.
(Posted on 9/15/2012)
10 of 18
Ballistic Gel Massacre
Review by 45ACP4Me
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.
(Posted on 6/3/2012)
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Review by SirStephen
Never had an issue with these in any of my Colt 1911s. Flawless but, pricey.
(Posted on 5/8/2012)
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I will bet my life on them.
Review by stoney
tested them against many different so called premium loads, these do better than most of them in all aspects.
(Posted on 3/8/2012)
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Review by SHAGGER
Best price Best cal.Best for my to save my LIFE !!!
(Posted on 10/25/2011)
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Critical Defense Ammo
Review by Doc
The reviews have given this ammo a great rating. I have not had any failures of any type to date.
(Posted on 1/10/2011)
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This is one bad looking bullet that does a lot of damage to what ever it hits!
Review by Skypony
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"
(Posted on 8/6/2010)
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Review by 7-Points
All good ammunition is insanely expensive these days but this stuff is of a quality you can bet your life on.
(Posted on 5/6/2010)
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Review by Ghostwolf2003
Excellent price for a greatv self defense round
(Posted on 5/2/2010)
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