DRT .45 Auto 150 gr. (3)

.45 ACP DRT 150-grain

Does the concept behind DRT ammo have merit? Check out these results.

By Richard Mann (RSS)
March 27, 2012

Few shooters understand the premise behind Dynamic Research Technologies (DRT) ammunition. Even fewer think the concept has merit. DRT bullets utilize a compressed, powdered-metal core with a thin jacket. After impact, the front section of the core—which is not compressed as much as the rear section—essentially decompresses. The result is violent tissue destruction and optimal penetration due to the harder compressed rear core. This 150-grain .45 ACP load was very soft shooting out of a 5-inch-barreled, steel-frame gun and proved quite accurate as well. What else could you ask for?

Load Handgun MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.45 ACP DRT 150-grain Nighthawk GRP (5-inch barrel) 1,082 13.5 .451 59

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5 Responses to .45 ACP DRT 150-grain

  1. Ronnie W says:

    that is too much penetration. most of damage was at back end. means potential collateral damage and not as much knock down to target.

  2. Chris Norton says:

    Ronnie is wrong 13.5 inches is not over penetration. However I wound be wary of this load for self-defense. Most hollow points are designed to expand and retain as much weight as possible. However this bullet disintegrates as it penetrates getting smaller as it goes. What happens to the 13.5 inches of penetration when it hits something hard like bone? It’s probably a great round for shooting steel up close though.

  3. Donald Hudgins says:

    FYI the gel block was shot from right to left in the photo. If you look closer you can see the paths of the smaller fragments going away from the main path are right to left. Secondary projectiles cannot start out far away and get closer to the main projectile. The most disruption always occurs within the first 2-5 inches no matter what type of bullet used.

  4. Jim says:

    The technology sounds interesting. I have read reports of very good results in .223 rifles against feral hogs. I would like to see some extended test results in handguns from a reliability perspective. My 1911s are somewhat fussy about anything except 230 grain, and my 9mm likes 124 grain. Hopefully, DRT will soon produce a round for .38 special or .357. The wheel guns do not seem to care about bullet weight!

  5. Barry says:

    These things are very good. i use them and they make nasty wounds. i would recommend them. But i’m nobody except i have and do use these bullets..

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