.45 ACP 185-grain Winchester Silvertip

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posted on October 26, 2010
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Winchester's 185-grain Silvertip load has been a classic, defensive load for the .45 ACP for a long time. In the book, "Street Stoppers," it is listed as having a one-shot-stop-rate of 82 percent. A box of Silvertips is generally not as expensive as some other, premium personal-defense handgun loads, and every 1911 I've owned has also fed this load with 100-percent reliability. The box of ammo I used for testing was left over from when I was working undercover and carrying a custom, lightweight Colt Commander. That was 15 years ago. The ammo has weathered that time better than me.

Shooting Results
Load IV (fps) PEN (inches) ED (inch) RW (grains)
.45 ACP 185-grain Winchester Silvertip 942 9 .76 178

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