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I'll admit to being pretty impressed with the performance reports of the DPX ammo. But I'm more than a little disappointed to see it only offered in 185 grain for the .45. I'd really like to see this ammunition in 230 grain. I can't be the only person thinking the same. Thoughts?
 

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Hello. The copper alloy is very light compared to the traditional jacketed lead. A 230-gr bullet would be too long for the cartridge's maximum length overall, thus the DPX is going to weigh in on the lighter side per caliber.

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So, are you impressed enough with the Corbon DPX to switch or are you sticking with Rangers or some other 230 gr HP?
 

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Hello. The copper alloy is very light compared to the traditional jacketed lead. A 230-gr bullet would be too long for the cartridge's maximum length overall, thus the DPX is going to weigh in on the lighter side per caliber.

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So true. A 185 X bullet is as long as a conventional 230gr JHP in lead/copper.

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I need to rephrase my question. I've never had a .45 until a few weeks ago and I want to carry the best I can in it. The DPX looks maddeningly effective the way it expands.

I don't know much about terminal effects, so what looks impressive to me might not mean squat. Probably doesn't mean squat.

So - when I choose a particular HP carry round for my .45 - is there any reason to ignore 185 grn over 230 grn?

I'll make it simpler, but I'd still appreciate an explanation. 185 grain Corbon DPX or 230 grain Winchester Ranger LEO ammo?
 

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Hello. My "house 45" is currently loaded with Winchester 230-gr. LE ammo. The reason is that the load has proven accurate reliable and POA matches POI in this fixed sight automatic. Also, this load reportedly does well in actual shooting scenarios.

The 185-gr. DPX +P is a relatively new load but one that does seem to be a most viable defense load for those wanting a faster velocity but still with the 45-caliber diameter, combined with a new technology homogeneous bullet that seems destined to both expand and penetrate sufficiently regardless of the barrier. The dreaded 4-layers of denim barrier before smacking 10% gelatin is no problem for either round and this seems to be the one most defense shooters look to.

Either of these loads should be at or near the top of the list for "effective loads" in this caliber. I would not be afraid to use either one for serious purposes, assuming that my gun/magazines had previously proven reliable with whichever was selected.

I am not sure if you've seen it or not but if not, here's an informal look at Corbon's DPX in .45 ACP:

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/Corbon%20.45%20ACP.htm

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Hey, Steve, and thanks. I'd already read your report on your website before I asked. It seemed you liked them despite the lower wt changing the POI, I just wanted to ask you the "this or that" I asked last post. Because I truly don't know if 230 grain is what makes the .45 magic.

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Stephen;

Unless I missed something (always possible) you didn't address recoil in your review of the Corbon .45 DPX. It's a higher velocity cartridge but with a lighter bullet so may I assume it's not much different from, say, 230 gr. Federal Hydrashoks?
 

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Hello. Felt recoil is very subjective but to me while there was certainly no more "push" in the "kick" than with the 230-gr. JHP's, it felt "sharper", if that makes any sense.

In any event, it is not "bad" nor hard to control.

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Gents,

I have little doubt that the Cor-Bon DPX .45 load will work well. That said, the cost is too high recommend it. Let's face it, for the price if 20 DPX rounds I buy 50 rounds of Winchester Ranger LE loads (RA45STP). I doubt that you could tell a difference in performace given identical placement, so why pay more? Unless, of course, you've joined the "green" movement and abhor lead... ;)

Wes
 
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