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So upon purchasing my new to me XDs .45 3.3 I got a couple of boxes of Winchester "Service Grade" 185gr. SWC "soft ball" load and was wondering if this would make a good self defense load?
And in case your wondering, yes the wee .45 eats it like candy!
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I'd suggest sticking with a good, modern JHP, like the 230gr HST. With few exceptions, I'm not a fan of solid bullets for SD use.



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At current said XDs is loaded with 185gr. Gold Dots.
Thanks for the response.
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I am not sure that load (185 gr. SWC) will feed in your XD. That button nose semiwadcutter is not know for easy feeding except in certain 1911’s with feed ramps and barrels deigned for SWC ammo. Also that loading has been historically on the light side and may notcycle in a standard recoil spring.
 
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Functions just fine thanks.
Ejection is almost funny though, empty hops out the port, spins a few times and drops right st my feet!
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I wouldn't want to stand in front of it, but the only real benefit I can see is maybe reduced recoil for better and faster hits.



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That's part of the reason I'm asking, that and this ammo is cheap at $20 a box of 50.
The thing is though will its shape and lower velocity help hamper overpenetration, not that I'm too worried after seeing some of those "philips screwdriver head" bullets on YouTube!
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Originally posted by Badkarma 1:
Ejection is almost funny though, empty hops out the port, spins a few times and drops right st my feet!


Based on this description, I would be concerned with a limp-wrist malfunction. Have you tried to induce a limp-wrist malfunction to see if it still works reliably?

Even if it was still reliable it wouldn't be my first choice in defensive ammo. The reduced weight and velocity may reduce overpenetration risks, but not enough to make me switch from a good JHP load. Just my opinion.



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Thanks.
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