.45 ACP DoubleTap 160-grain Barnes TAC-XP (Mann Load)

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posted on July 17, 2012
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When I tested the +P version of this load, back in March, 2012, I knew I wanted to see how it would perform in a standard-pressure format. Therefore, I asked Mike McNett at DoubleTap to offer a standard-pressure version at about 1,100 fps, which he has. Here are the results.

Out of my Colt Commander, muzzle velocity averaged 1,114 fps, which was right on target. Expansion was a tad less than average, which is 1.5 times the unfired diameter. The muzzle flash, just as with the +P version, was excessive. On the positive side, this load was controllable from a Lightweight Commander and penetration was well above average for the .45 ACP.

Load Handgun MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.45 ACP DoubleTap 160-grain Barnes TAC-XP 1911 (4.25-inch barrel) 1,114 16.5 0.63 160

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