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Old 02-13-2010, 17:25   #19
Join Date: Aug 2009
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I think HST, Gold Dot, and Ranger-T are all excellent rounds that will get the job done. However I do think HST is the best overall performer. It gets good penetration 12+ inches, usually expands the most with jagged sharp cutting edges, and holds on to its core very well for being a non-bonded bullet. The Gold Dot tends to get a little more penetration, however its cavity seems to have a greater chance of clogging on heavy clothing and under expanding compared to the larger HST hollow-point. The Ranger-T expands similar to the HST and penetrates similar to the Gold Dot, however it has a harder time of holding on to its jacket from the tests I've seen. Either way all 3 are great loads and it comes down to what your gun likes the best. Just so happens my HK P30 loves 147gr HST and my HK 45c loves 230gr HST.
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