50rds – 45 ACP Speer LE Gold Dot 185gr. JHP Ammo

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Speer 185 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

You’d never be ill-advised to chamber the same ammunition that police officers do -- any cop worth his salt isn’t going to put his life on the line with a subpar round. Speer made this 45 ACP round solely for self-defense, and it lives up to their expectations courtesy of its 185 Gold Dot projectile. The Gold Dot brought the bonded core to the handgun ammo market; The Uni-Cor electrochemical process by which the bullet’s jacket has been applied to its core gives it impressive weight retention. Even when fired through a sheet of steel it doesn’t even lose a whole grain of its weight. So concentric a jacket conveys excellent rotational stability for accurate shooting as well.

The Gold Dot bullet is formed over the course of a two-stage process. The first determines how far the bullet can expand, while the second controls the rate of expansion. Again, this benefits terminal performance tremendously -- the Gold Dot consistently mushrooms to 1.5 times its original diameter after having passed through a steel barrier.

This cartridge gives you CCI’s finest Boxer primer to ignite its clean burning propellant charge. Speer further provided the round a nickel plated brass casing, so you’ll enjoy better corrosion resistance, smooth cycling through a semi-automatic, and the ability to perform a rushed chamber check in the dark with confidence.
  • Manufacturer
  • Condition
  • Bullet Weight
    185 Grain
  • Bullet Type
    Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    45 ACP (Auto)
  • Manufacturer SKU
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
  • Cost Per Round

Ballistic Gel Testing


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 Speer 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 Speer 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.

Gel test results for Speer 185 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) ammo

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 45 ACP Speer LE Gold Dot 185gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 45 ACP Speer LE Gold Dot 185gr. JHP Ammo

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

50rds – 45 ACP Speer LE Gold Dot 185gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
Bullet Depth (in.) 10.4 11.2 12 12.6 14
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.7 0.71 0.72 0.72 0.72
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 183.4 183.9 184.3 184.3 185
Bullet Velocity (fps) 973 995 999 1001 1030
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