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Old January 8, 2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hornady Critical Defense 45ACP 185gr Gel Test Results





Loaded up some Hornady Critical Defense 45ACP 185gr JHP rounds, brought out the Clear Ballistics gel (calibrated to manufacturors specs), grabbed my Springfield Armory TRP (5'' barrel), and the video camera and here's what I found.

Chrono Data:

-1017 fps, 425 ft/lbs energy

Results:

-14.5'' penetration


Hornady Critical Defense 185gr 45ACP Gel Test HD Video

The manufacture of the gel block, Clear Ballistics, claims their gel meets FBI specs for testing. I calibrate my gel per their specs prior to testing and use 4 layers of denim per IWBA protocol.

However, by no means am I saying this test is a substitute for the great work industry professionals like Dr. Roberts and others do. I'm just a shooter that likes to learn about the products I use.
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Old January 8, 2013, 10:25 PM   #2
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Nice gun grip.....I use the same. I use the same bullet in my 9mm. I feel it is an excellent PD round.
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Old January 8, 2013, 10:35 PM   #3
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I prefer a bit more penetration. Critical Defense has a lot of haters though and the statistics look pretty good to me...
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Old January 9, 2013, 02:42 AM   #4
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As you'll see in the video below, the round failed to expand but did tumble in the block.
The video shows perfect expansion.
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Old January 9, 2013, 06:07 AM   #5
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I see perfect expansion all so? And 14.5" is good penetration.
I started a thread about these bullets with no response.
I wanted to know if anyone heard if Hornady was going to offer these bullets to reloaders?
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Old January 9, 2013, 08:05 AM   #6
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As you'll see in the video below, the round failed to expand but did tumble in the block.
The video shows perfect expansion.
That's what happens when I'm writing two posts as once
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Old January 10, 2013, 03:11 PM   #7
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Excellent test, not sure how much more you can ask than 14 1/2 inches of penetration and full expansion ... I have that round in my nightstand gun, a Springer Loaded, and I carry the same ammunition in my carry PM9, my house .357 Taurus 617 and the NAA Pug that's in my pocket at home and walkin' the dog ... very accurate, never fails to fire ... a satisfied customer ...
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plouffedaddy, for those of us who are firewalled off from The Almighty Youtube while at work, have you run any tests on the 165 grain Cor-bon Pow-r-balls? If so how do they stack up against these? How was feeding and ejection with these Hornady bullets?
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Old January 10, 2013, 07:13 PM   #9
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plouffedaddy, for those of us who are firewalled off from The Almighty Youtube while at work, have you run any tests on the 165 grain Cor-bon Pow-r-balls? If so how do they stack up against these? How was feeding and ejection with these Hornady bullets?
I've never tested the Cor-Bon load so I can't say how they compare. Feeding/ejection were perfect in my TRP and I've also used them in my M&P45s and Glock 21/30 without issue.
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Old January 10, 2013, 07:59 PM   #10
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Good to know. I've been wishing that the Powerballs came in something heavier than 165 grain, and these might make a good alternative.

Thanks.
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Old January 11, 2013, 06:51 AM   #11
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How much diffrence did you get in point of impact vs a 230gr load?
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Old January 11, 2013, 09:54 AM   #12
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It impacts a little low, maybe 1-2'' at 15m. Unless I'm really concentrating it's tough to really tell but it is there when I do.
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