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Speer Gold Dot 115gr 9mm

This is the ammo used by a majority of local a federal law enforcement agencies in 9mm, 357 sig, 40 cal, and 45acp. The 9mm is claimed to travel at 1200fps at muzzle and 1065fps at 50yds. This ammo produces 368 foot pounds of energy at muzzle and 289 foot pounds at 50 yards.  The exact ammo we tested was the 115gr GDHP.  The test weapon was a Sig Sauer P225 Pistol. My previous opinion of the ammo was partly based on what I had heard from Federal Law Enforcement and the numbers I have read about.  But once I shot the Speer Gold Dot I realized the reason why it is so popular. It is consistently accurate, feeds flawlessly and I noticed the recoil was a bit less than the other ammo tested. The water test (see picture) proved to show expansion that was equal to the ballistic gelatin results. After a day of testing this ammo I experienced no jams and no misfires, once again proving why the government uses this ammo.

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Corbon DPX 185Gr 45acp +p

When I first took a look at this ammo, I thought it would just fly through whatever it hit! I then looked at the Hollow point Cavity – it is HUGE.  The company website lists a velocity of 1075fps and energy of 475ftlbs.  In my book, that’s a lot. Of course, you’re throwing a projectile the size of an ashtray at the target.  I, like the next person, want an ammo that will penetrate and get the job done and  that is exactly the claim of this ammo. DPX “provides excellent expansion and penetration due to its solid copper bullet.”  Now, let’s see what it can do in the real world. 

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Hornady TAP 45acp 230gr TAP FPD

The Hornady TAP ammo was designed for Law Enforcement and Home Defense. In this round Hornady, for years being synonymous with excellence, uses their XTP bullet and a new nickel plated casing to eliminate the potential for corrosion and improve feeding in firearms. The velocity stated on the box is 950 fps at muzzle and 908fps at 50 yards.  The energy is 461 ftlbs at muzzle and 421 at 50 yards. 

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9mm Magsafe 60gr Defender

This ammo was given to me by a local gun store owner to test out for a carry use.  This ammo has some amazing numbers. It travels at 1800fps and delivers 431ft lbs of energy. This load is claimed to be a great personal defense ammo, low penetration and high energy dump.

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45acp Winchester 230gr Silvertip HP

 This ammo was way ahead of its time, This was one of the first ammo to include a larger cavity & allow jackets. For that reason The silver tip had a big following, now that time has caught up to this round there are many in this category, well see how they compare to the old standard.

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45acp Magsafe 96gr Defender +P

I tested this round since I tested the 9mm defender. This has all the same characteristics of the 9mm. High velocity and extreme energy dump. The website states this round “Penetration of 8" to 13". Greater Stopping Power than any hollow point ammo in its caliber! Loads in this section are OK for use in alloy-framed guns, and have some penetration to defeat car doors & glass, or one or more home walls or doors.”

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45acp Hornady 230gr TAP +P

This ammo was designed for Law Enforcement applications. Their website states this ammo produces 950 fps and delivers 461 ft lbs of energy. The physical appearance of this ammo looks like the have put a lot of thought into the all around design, Large cavity in the hollow point, Nickel plating on the casing to reduce reflections. 

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45acp Aguilla 117gr IQ




I had done an article on this ammo when I first started carrying my Kimber 45, those of you who carry a 1911 can attest to the weight of the gun plus 1 to 3 mags to 230gr ammo. so I am was looking for alternatives. I found this ammo that was 117gr and traveled at 1500fps and delivered 475 ftlbs of energy. That got my attention, it wasn’t until recently that I had the opportunity to test this round. And here are my findings. 

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Federal 9mm Hydra-Shock 135 gr

This ammo was a mainstay when I first started carrying a weapon. Its what all the local LEO carried. And from what the ads looked like it looked promising. This ammo is not a traditional hollow point. It has a post in the center that aids in penetrating things such as barriers while retaining stopping power. The published  velocity and energy on this ammo is as follows: Muzzle velocity of 1060fps with 337ft lbs of energy, and at 25yrs a velocity of 1026fps and 316ft lbs of energy. 

Most of my testing is taking into consideration what happed to the bullet down range and what happens to it if you miss. 

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9mm 147gr Golden Saber HP

 I had always heard of the Golden Saber ammo, but never had any personal experience with it. I had never heard anything bad about it. My first look at the ammo, I was impressed with the look, it has angled cuts along the jacket instead of the straight cuts into the jacket. The head of the bullet appeared to stick out as far as possible, after measurement I found out that the bullet taper was a sharper angle. The company website states this ammo has a Velocity of 940fps and 320ft lbs of energy at the muzzle.

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9mm Aquilla 65gr HP

This ammo is labeled as the “Intelligent Bullet”. It is stated to be able to penetrate hard targets and fragment in soft targets. Its also rumored to be able to penetrate Kevlar. This ammo is also very light, 65gr. made of an alloy blend.  This is what got me interested in this ammo. For a while I used to carry a Kimber Pro Carry with this ammo in it, mainly due to the weight. The company states that the ammo travels at 1550 fps and 347 ft lbs of energy. 

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9mm Corbon 100gr Powerball

This ammo was recommended to me by my local gun shop owner. She told me that at the time that is what she carried. I though it would give it a try. The idea behind the Polymer ball gives it an edge over most other Hollow point ammo. Then once I read the specs for this ammo I had to try it, The company states that it travels at 1475fps and delivers 483 ft lbs of energy which for a 9mm is an amazing amount.  

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9mm Extreme Shock 124gr Fang Face Round

This ammo has been on the market for a while, I was reluctant to try ammo from this company at first mainly due to the price, but I went out and bought a few 5 packs of the fang face (at 19.99 per 5 rounds) to try them out. As far as what the website claims this will do, there is no definitive explanation as to what the Fang Face actually does.

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9mm Extreme Shock EPR

I received this ammo along with the Air Freedom Rounds from John Mullins of Extreme Shock.  I have to say. The idea behind this ammo is great. The Website states that “The Enhanced Penetration Round (EPR) was engineered for applications where greater penetration is a must. The EPR has greater terminal success through glass, light sheet metal, (such as automobile steel), and wood. This round has the ability to penetrate heavy skin, dense bone, and then fragment once inside the softer tissue of the target.

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9mm Federal 124gr EFMJ

This is Federal’s Expanding Full metal Jacket Round. I had to do some looking to find this stuff. It seems to be in big demand. It states that it will penetrate, expand and not be plagued with the problems of traditional hollow points. The website states that this ammo travels at 1160fps and delivers 370ft lbs of energy. I decided to bring out the water test on this just to see what once would look like fully expanded so I could compare down the road. As stated this round had a perfect mushroom. No separation of the jacket, nothing, a perfect mushroom

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9mm Winchester 147gr Ranger Black Talon

I tested the lighter version of this ammo at the same time I tested this on a request from one of my local gun shops. This ammo is just a bit heavier and from the numbers a bit slower. It states that the ammo travels at 990fps an delivers 320 ft lbs of energy. Lets see how it tests. 

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9mm Winchester 147gr SXT Premium

The History of the SXT cartridge is a very bumpy one, in the late 80 they got a bad rep for having the Ranger SXT “aka Black Talon” this is the latest generation of that cartridge. When you first look at the bullet you notice that the hollow point cavity is smaller than the average hollow point on the market today. The Manufacturer states the ammo produces 990fps and 320 ft lbs of energy at the muzzle and 947fps and 293 ft lbs of energy at 25 yds. 

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45acp Aguilla IQ ammo

This new line of ammunition is loaded with the first intelligent bullet, made of an alloy (no lead) with a low specific weight. This feature allows light bullets like these to have a size similar to those projectiles made from lead.

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9mm Winchester Ranger 127gr +p SXT

This ammo was given to me by a local gun store owner and she wanted me to test it, cause that is what she carries. I have the ranger on my wish list so I said why not. The website states that this ammo is a reverse taper design and travels at 1185fps and delivers 387 ft lbs of energy. The numbers sound good, lets see how it stands up. The sheetrock test proved to show that the ranger does to one thing, penetrate, it stopped at the 14th layer of sheetrock, and absolutely no expansion, the hollow point cavity was filled with sheetrock material. 

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45 acp Corbon 185gr DPX

Corbon

 This ammo is Corbon’s entry into the deep penetration ammo. This ammo is made ofan all copper bullet, with an extremely deep cavity. This just seemed interesting to me so I thought I would test it. 

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