.45 ACP Federal 165-grain Guard Dog (EFMJ)

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posted on September 19, 2012
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If you are looking for a low-recoil-ammunition alternative for the .45 ACP, this load might be just what you need. Granted, it's only a 165-grain bullet, but it will still offer between 10 and 11 inches of penetration with wide expansion. As you can expect, with a sub 1,000 fps muzzle velocity, recoil is mild. This is, however, not the load for sub-4-inch .45s, because velocity suffers to the point where reliable expansion may not be achieved.

Load Handgun MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.45 ACP Federal 165-grain Guard Dog (EFMJ) 1911 (4.25-inch barrel) 980 10.25 0.72 165

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