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I carry the discontinued Taurus Hex ammo in my 3" STI Escort. Feeds great, and should expand. Same bullet as the Corbon DPX 185gr, but without the +P.
That said, since the Taurus is almost impossible to find now, you might look at the Speer Short Barrel .45acp.
I have had great luck with Federal American Eagle/Champion and CCI Blazer Brass in my Escort. No issues at all. If yours chokes on FMJ, I would sent it back to Colt.
Speer makes gold dots for short barrels. Another thought is this. Whats your alternative? Ball ammo? Well if the hollow point doesn't expand, wouldn't it perform the same as ball? Atleast you have a chance at it expanding.
I personally would use a lighter weight bullet to get the velocity up in order to help expansion. Carbon DPX would be my choice.
As far as practice goes, any factory hardball round should be just fine. I would suggest you practice with the same weight of bullet as you carry to keep the POI pretty close.
I use Hornady TAP ammo in my Kimber Ultra.. it feeds w/o a hitch.. also the Corbon-pow'r ball is another load that I like both are offered in +P the Corbons are either 165 or 185 gr..and I believe that the TAP is in 235.. either way I have not had an issue with either of those loads.. I also have had no issue with WWB, that Kimber has eaten all ball ammo that I have fed it with out a hitch.. my advice for HP ammo is find a brand that your pistol will eat regularly..
So I have a Kimber Ultra Raptor II, and it shot the few different brands of ammo that I had just sitting in my range bag. It fired the Blue Glaser, Hornady Critical Defense, Golden Saber and a Corbon, all in 230 grain.
So they all seem to work for me.
What other ammo do you recommend using for Defense in a 3" 1911 45 ACP?
I sort of think the lighter grain bullets with the higher muzzle velocity are a slight plus in a short barrel.
I'm not sure if it really matters that much. Perhaps during the winter months when people layer heavy clothing and most hollow points get clogged and act like a FMJ.
In my G36 I shoot the Corbon 160g +P DPX.
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