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Old 05-04-2012, 05:35 PM
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Hornady Critical Duty?




Has anyone had a chance to shoot Hornadys Critical Duty? Looking at getting some 9mm for my Springfield EMP. Little leery as I have heard of problems with Critical Defense and it is essentially the same technology.. Pro/Cons/Thoughts? Thanks!!!
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:03 PM
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I would go with gold dot or another sure bet as the critical ammo may have critical defects. In fact that is my nickname for them!
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:30 PM
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I`ll stick with my Ranger T out standing expansion and penetration. has not let me down yet.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:09 PM
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TNoutdoors9 has tested the 9mm+P and 40:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJZFZFmBKa0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjren...feature=relmfu


In these calibers, there do not seem to be the same issues of hanging on feed ramps that the .45 has (mostly in 1911's). If anyone says there are, ask them to provide direct links to proof, rather than "I've heard...."

I wouldn't go with it, unless I were somebody most interested in a low recoil round. There is simply better stuff out there for less money.

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:33 PM
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I'm gonna preach it again because I'm on the Federal Kool-Aid hard.

Federal Tactical HST 147 grain non +P (P9HST2)

I have looked around a lot and it sure seems like the one of the best. The guys at Federal told me flat out it was never supposed to get to the home owner market and they still will only ship to departments but a lot gets out.

It is hard to find though so let me know if you need a tip
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:52 PM
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TNOUTDOORS9 tested it recently. Wasn't much different than Crit. Def.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:48 PM
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The differences I have seen are weight retention, glass penetration and expansion consistency. Truth be told I'm sure they are all very good no matter what you go with on Delta's list.

The lady at Federal said if I could not find any HST's to go for the Speer Gold Dot's (which apparently they also make) in the same weight as they perform nearly identically in the same categories. They look nearly identical with only the side scoring stopping a bit short.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:28 AM
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Has anyone had a chance to shoot Hornadys Critical Duty? Looking at getting some 9mm for my Springfield EMP. Little leery as I have heard of problems with Critical Defense and it is essentially the same technology.. Pro/Cons/Thoughts? Thanks!!!
CD is not a good choice

A better choice would be Speer Gold Dot or Federal HST
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:15 PM
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I will stick with my Ranger 230gr, been using them for 7 yrs always work !!! tried the CD in 10mm wasnt really impressed .
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:06 PM
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i'm gonna preach it again because i'm on the federal kool-aid hard.

federal tactical hst 147 grain non +p (p9hst2)

i have looked around a lot and it sure seems like the one of the best. The guys at federal told me flat out it was never supposed to get to the home owner market and they still will only ship to departments but a lot gets out.

It is hard to find though so let me know if you need a tip
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:45 AM
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Another thing I really like about Federal's ammo is that it doesn't seem to suffer the same set-back issues that I hear Gold Dot's sometimes do in .45. Both perform very well, tho!
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:44 AM
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I really prefer the Federal Hydrashok and HST ammunition for defensive purposes in my .45 & 9mm and I use critical defense in my .380. The critical duty is hyped as being able to shoot through glass windshields and still be effective on a human body. I don't need to do that in my home.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:21 AM
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I really prefer the Federal Hydrashok and HST ammunition for defensive purposes in my .45 & 9mm and I use critical defense in my .380. The critical duty is hyped as being able to shoot through glass windshields and still be effective on a human body. I don't need to do that in my home.
I wouldnmt trust hydrashoks myself, but ranger t series and hst are good.

Also, I hate to break it to you, but most lead bullets will penetrate windshields and be somewhat effective on the other side.
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I wouldnmt trust hydrashoks myself, but ranger t series and hst are good.

Also, I hate to break it to you, but most lead bullets will penetrate windshields and be somewhat effective on the other side.
The Hornady 230 gr. FMJ-FP is also a very good penetrator of glass. The edge of meplat has a tendency to stick and dig in rather than bounce off like some RN slugs will do.
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i would go with gold dot or another sure bet as the critical ammo may have critical defects. In fact that is my nickname for them!
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