20rds – 45 ACP Winchester Defender 230gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo

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Winchester Ammunition 230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

You carry a weapon because you want to be prepared for anything. Shouldn’t your ammunition be the same way? It will be if you invest in this 45 ACP round from Winchester’s Defender line of ammunition, because its 230 grain projectile provides true barrier blind performance. Its jacket and core are welded together, and as the result are essentially incapable of separation even after having passed through auto glass, plywood, and heavy clothing.

This round’s bullet is as certain to expand as it is to find its way to its target. Its jacket is notched, preprogramming it to expand along six predictable axes. This ensures that it will produce sharp cutting petals as it mushrooms up to 1.5 times its original diameter. Such potent lethality is simply indispensable for effective personal protection.

Winchester outfitted this round with a nickel plated brass casing. That makes it able to both feed and eject with the utmost reliability, and further facilitates performing a chamber check in a low light environment. This round’s propellant is formulated to produce a subtler flash when ignited by its sensitive primer. That will benefit your vision, preventing you from becoming blinded by the first shot you’re forced to fire in the dark.
  • Ammo Caliber
    45 ACP (Auto)
  • Manufacturer SKU
    S45PDB
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    882
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    020892217898
  • Cost Per Round
    $1.30/ppr

Gel test Results

 

As you hunt for the best self-defense 45 ACP (Auto) ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.

We shot five of these Winchester Ammunition rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a Ruger SR45. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Winchester Ammunition ammo stacked up relative to other 45 ACP (Auto) ammo products available to American shooters.

To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 45 ACP Winchester Defender 230gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 45 ACP Winchester Defender 230gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Winchester Ammunition 45 ACP (Auto) compare to other 45 ACP?

20rds – 45 ACP Winchester Defender 230gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 14.3 14.8 15.4 16.2 25.4
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.45 0.73 0.73 0.8 0.8
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 228.1 228.5 228.9 229.5 230.9
Bullet Velocity (fps) 885 888 893 895 921

Winchester Ammunition 45 ACP (Auto) Ballistic Data

Winchester Ammunition 45 ACP (Auto) Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
5
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0.188
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0.162
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 920 900 882 864 848
Energy ft lbs 432 414 397 382 367
Bullet drop inch n/a 0 -2.7 -8.2 -16.5

Trajectory Line Graph Winchester Ammunition 45 ACP (Auto)

Velocity / Energy Comparisons

Ammo Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#34
814 fps
#31
338.5 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#26
841 fps
#25
349 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Magtech
#35
809 fps
#33
334 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#30
827 fps
#24
350 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Remington Ammunition
#33
817 fps
#29
341 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#42
789 fps
#40
318 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#20
856 fps
#13
374 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Tula Ammo
#24
850 fps
#17
369 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#41
794 fps
#38
322 ft lbs
185 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#15
899 fps
#34
332 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#39
800 fps
#37
327 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#13
909 fps
#5
422 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Wolf Ammunition
#23
850 fps
#18
369 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#21
856 fps
#14
374 ft lbs
185 Grain Semi-Wadcutter Federal Ammunition
#43
703 fps
#43
203 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#25
845 fps
#20
365 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#22
853 fps
#16
372 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#32
817 fps
#28
341 ft lbs
230 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#40
794 fps
#39
322 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#7
950 fps
#1
460 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer
#36
808 fps
#32
334 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Armscor Precision Ammunition
#28
830 fps
#22
352 ft lbs
185 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#10
936 fps
#21
360 ft lbs
185 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#19
863 fps
#41
306 ft lbs
220 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#11
928 fps
#6
421 ft lbs
230 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#29
828 fps
#23
350 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Black Hills Ammunition
#6
950 fps
#2
460 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#31
819 fps
#27
343 ft lbs
185 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Barnes Bullets
#8
944 fps
#19
366 ft lbs
230 Grain TSJ Federal Ammunition
#38
800 fps
#36
327 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#4
976 fps
#26
349 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#9
940 fps
#3
451 ft lbs
200 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Sig Sauer
#12
918 fps
#15
374 ft lbs
200 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#2
994 fps
#4
439 ft lbs
185 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#5
955 fps
#12
375 ft lbs
230 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Federal Ammunition
#37
803 fps
#35
329 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#14
908 fps
#7
421 ft lbs
185 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#3
981 fps
#10
395 ft lbs
185 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) PMC Ammunition
#27
836 fps
#42
287 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#17
882 fps
#9
397 ft lbs
155 Grain Frangible Federal Ammunition
#1
1008 fps
#11
388 ft lbs
200 Grain Semi-Wadcutter Black Hills Ammunition
#18
875 fps
#30
340 ft lbs
230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#16
893 fps
#8
408 ft lbs
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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Dennis Tompkins

    Just finished shooting my first boxes of these Defender series rounds, and they performed noticeably better than any other brand I've shot through my Taurus PT-145 Millennium: produced noticeably higher velocities than any other non-+P 230-grain loads I've previously test-fired (which translates into highest energies), and impressively low "extreme spread" and "standard deviation" chronograph numbers; plus very tight target groupings, and absolutely no FTL or FTE issues! It's become my new personal/home defense load.

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    posted on by Capt. Charles Reinhardt

    The best .45 round on the market in my opinion. Not only used by the FBI, but also used by many of our U.S. special forces response teams. I've also been told that it's a favorite choice by many members of our Navy's SEAL team units. Awesome combat round, tremendous expansion.
    Again, by far one of the best .45 caliber combat rounds on the market today.

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    posted on by Steve Heaphy

    This is a great self defense round. I like to carry these and the 230+p HST in my 45. These rounds have consistent expansion are the best bonded 45 hollow points on the market.

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