Hornady has made itself a household name in the personal defense market with heavy hitting cartridges that have a healthy mix of reliability, performance and added value. This .45 Auto Critical Defense 185 grain FTX load is an excellent cartridge for use in any .45, and is particularly well suited to the 1911 platform due to its integral polymer plug and tight tolerances and high level of quality control.
The flex tip jacketed hollow point is a proven design that allows you to get reliable feeding and expansion and wound channels that allow for one shot stops. (900 feet per second muzzle velocities and 333 ft. lbs. of energy make it potent, given the large diameter of the .45 and the grain weight, though it does seem to cut the recoil a bit too.
Rarely are there competitors that can truly compete with the balance of attributes Hornady packs into this load. Reliability is a premium concern when firing out of finely tuned firearms and knowing that your firearm will fire every time it is needed, is the most important factor. Hornady engineers its ammunition in the critical defense line to do just that.
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