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.
  • Ammo Caliber
    45 ACP (Auto)
  • Manufacturer SKU
    53964
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    1050
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    076683539649
  • Cost Per Round
    $0.80/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 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.

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

  Median
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

Speer 45 ACP (Auto) Ballistic Data

Speer 45 ACP (Auto) Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
5
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0.109
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0.130
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 1050 998 955 919 886
Energy ft lbs 453 409 375 347 322
Bullet drop inch n/a 0 -1.3 -4.9 -11.1

Trajectory Line Graph Speer 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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