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Best Short Barrel .45? Speer .45 Auto 230gr Gold Dot Short Barrel

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.45 Auto is slow. Short barrels reduce velocity. Slow bullets don't expand well. Putting those factors together makes it hard to find a short barrel . 45 Auto load that is well suited for defense. We shoot Speer's .45 Auto 230gr Gold Dot Short Barrel load (part # 23975) from a Springfield Armory XDS mod2 into ballistic gel to assess terminal performance.

Bare gel:
Penetration: 20.2", 19.8"
Retained weight: 230.0gr, 230.3gr
Max expansion: 0.710", 0.734"
Min expansion: 0.491", 0.490"


Heavy clothing:
Penetration: 16.8", 14.4"
Retained weight: 229.7gr, 229.0gr
Max expansion: 0.743", 0.734"
Min expansion: 0.484", 0.481"

Velocities in fps:
783
788
761
761
785
Average: 775.60
StdDev: 13.45
Min: 761
Max: 788
Spread: 27

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