.45 ACP Gold Dot speer vs Federal Hydra shok?

Discussion in 'Ammo' started by COMMANDER1911, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. COMMANDER1911

    COMMANDER1911 New Member

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    which is a better self defense round as far as expansion?
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Stuck in New England

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    I think the difference is not significant enough to matter. Both are going to ruin someone's day.
     

  3. jmathis84

    jmathis84 New Member

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    both will accomplish what you need. the Gold dots are more reliable about expansion but they wont feed in all guns because of the mouth opening being so big. the Hydrashock will feed more reliable but they dont expand as big as the Gold dots. i would feel more than comfortable with either
     
  4. Bulldawg182

    Bulldawg182 Active Member

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    Agreed that either one should instill great confidence that a well placed round is going to totally ruin someone's day........and all days that would have come! :mrgreen:
     
  5. seajay

    seajay NRA Certified Instructor

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    Both are good to go. I use the Hydra Shock in my Baby Desert Eagle .45 and the Speer Gold Dot in my Desert Eagle .50AE. The .45 is EDC and the .50AE is for home defense. One thing for sure about the Hydra Shock is; it is time tested and proven.
     
  6. SongDogSniper

    SongDogSniper New Member

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    FWIW, Gold Dots are what we have been carrying for years on-duty. Time tested and proven in real-world deadly force encounters across the country. They feed without issue in the Glock 30 and 21. I also carry them in my personally owned .45/.40/9mm/.380 weapons for consistency.
    All of the municipal, state and county LE department that I've been in contact over the past years have moved to Gold Dots, and Speer is constantly in touch with our armorers and training department wrt new improvements they are working on in the Gold Dot series.
     
  7. Jmark

    Jmark Active Member

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    Hydroshock's are an old design and there are a lot of better options out there currently. I would certainly take Gold Dot's over them any day. Good quality bonded ammo is even better yet. Federal HST's and Ranger T bonded are some of the best. You can find the Civi version of the Ranger T bonded in places like Walmart or Academy it's just more expensive and labeled as Winchester PDX Bonded.
     
  8. SongDogSniper

    SongDogSniper New Member

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    I believe Gold Dots are bonded core as well, aren't they?
     
  9. Jmark

    Jmark Active Member

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    Yes it is, I guess I had a brain fart. :shattered:
     
  10. samman23

    samman23 New Member

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    yes they are.
     
  11. JMJ2

    JMJ2 New Member

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    I'd have to say Gold Dot would be my choice. I shot a 185gr JHP Gold Dot out my G30 into some wet phone books covered with blue jean denin last week and it expanded good and left a big exit hole also.
     
  12. luangtom

    luangtom Active Member

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    Either/Or will get the job done.....very well.
     
  13. TheLaw

    TheLaw Old Time Member

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    I watched Hydrashocks being shot into a Watermelon. It was less than impressive. I'd go with the Gold Dots, which is what I normally carry if I can't find HSTs.
     
  14. SheriffOconee

    SheriffOconee New Member

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    Which round is 100% RELIABLE??? Which one is AVAILABLE and RELIABLE??? That is the one you carry.....
     
  15. martin_j001

    martin_j001 Active Member

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    I've found that Speer Gold Dots feed reliably in both my Kimber Custom II TLE and my Ruger SR9c. They're also available locally, so that's a plus.
     
  16. TheLaw

    TheLaw Old Time Member

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    Sheriff O, always bringing logic into the discussion. :)
     
  17. MesaCranker

    MesaCranker Active Member

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    I want my bullet to maintain full weight and jacket so I went with the bonded Gold Dot. Several deer that have struck by cars can tell you that they work very well.
     
  18. HydroAuto

    HydroAuto GPDO Commonlaw Spouse

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    Wait wut? You shot a talking deer? :shock: If the round performs so well, why are the deer alive to talk about it? :shattered:
     
  19. MesaCranker

    MesaCranker Active Member

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    SHUSH YOU! :evil:


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