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Old 03-25-2010, 12:11 AM
brad32 brad32 is offline
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most powerfull .45 ACP

I've been looking for some powerful new ammo that has a kick and a high fps.
The best one I have found is 45 Auto +P Federal 185 gr. Hydra Shok. 24$ for a box of 20. Is this a good choice or is their better out there
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by brad32 View Post
Is this a good choice or is their better out there
The 185 Hydras will do the job if you are looking for a SD round but normally you don't select based on the rounds "kick". Usually, you want a round that performs well with controllable recoil. For what purpose is this fast kicking round? If it's self defense, getting more "kick" is probably going to hurt your accuracy and follow up shots.
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:48 AM
HiVelSword HiVelSword is offline
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Look at Double Tap for your hottest .45 ACP loads.

Or convert yours to .45 Super.

If it's a 1911 you have than you can also get a .460 Rowland barrel/comp kit from Clark Custom. The .460 Rowland is the most powerful chambering on the 1911 platform to date.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:17 AM
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Or convert yours to .45 Super.
+1 on this suggestion if you're looking for the highest velocity and recoil. Some 45s (like the HK USPs and Glocks?) can shoot 45 Supers without modification. 1911s should be full sized, steel framed, and properly modified to shoot Supers.

I like the 45 Super concept in terms of being akin to a 44 Mag autoloader, but for general SD purposes it has a lot of drawbacks.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:02 AM
fildugn fildugn is offline
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Doubletap is your fastest and most powerful load. Their 185 gr HP is 1225 fps w/ 616 ft/lbs of energy. This is from a standard pressure load. Their price is good also. I just bought 3 boxes of 50 rounds each for $113.95.

Unless you are handloading and have the time, energy and money to invest in a conversion kit and brass, forget the 45 Super and 460 roland. (my opinion)

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Old 03-27-2010, 01:11 AM
NonPCnraRN NonPCnraRN is offline
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If you want powerful then I would go with Buffalo Bore's 255 gr cast SWC at 925 fps. Others have covered different brands for SD, I just threw this in because your parameters were "kick" which this will certainly provide.
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