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Winchester Ranger vs. Federal HST ?

Discussion in 'Caliber Talk: Ammunition, Reloading, and Shooting ' started by Siggyboy, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Siggyboy

    Siggyboy Member

    Sep 17, 2011
    What would you prefer for a 45 ACP self-defense round: Winchester Ranger T-Series or Federal HST (230 grain)?
  2. Samcro

    Samcro US Army Retired 1911 Supporting Addict

    Nov 19, 2011
    Winchester Ranger T-Series 230 Gr

  3. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Both are great rounds. I use both as well as Gold Dots.
  4. deadguy

    deadguy Jerry Van Dyke Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Between those two it would be the one I could get the cheapest. Dead even in performance potential as far as I'm concerned.
  5. E39

    E39 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 15, 2011
    I use Federal HST2's. A few varieties of Winchesters (JHPs including the Ranger-T) don't seem to feed as well in my gun so I went with the Federals (never a problem).
  6. DAT85

    DAT85 BIG OL' BALD HAID ! Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011

    With the quality of both rounds,it would boil down to shot placement.

  7. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Of the two,.......Ranger T series
  8. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    Hotpig always had the best deals on Ranger. I bought a bunch for $27 a box (50).. Ron

    R0CKETMAN NRA member Supporting Addict

    Dec 24, 2011
    Toss up as both are on "the list"....the one that functions 100% reliably
  10. Pangari1

    Pangari1 -this space for rent- Supporting Addict

    Dec 1, 2011
    Ranger T's in the 1911 and Federal in the Glock. That is what gives me the best pattern. I go with what the gun likes.
  11. John Ryder

    John Ryder Active Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    I've tested both and felt the HST was better for me. It had less recoil, muzzle flash, and was more accurate in my pistols. The only way to really tell with ammo is buy it and try it.
  12. ArmyGuy45

    ArmyGuy45 No longer a Newb!!!

    Jun 8, 2012
  13. Siggyboy

    Siggyboy Member

    Sep 17, 2011
    That is an interesting finding John. I plan to test them as well, also for 9mm. I've always used Golden Saber and never had a problem but am interested in trying these out.
  14. Siggyboy

    Siggyboy Member

    Sep 17, 2011
  15. peter jennings

    peter jennings Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Ranger T for me but I haven't tried the HST yet.
  16. bw210

    bw210 Active Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    Federal HST all the way. Rangers are also a premium round, but after shooting both and performing expansion tests HST's out performed Rangers in expansion and accuracy... of course I'm talking about .40s&w rounds. I don't have any 45 HST's. I prefer them also in 147gr for any(few) 9mm I carry. Can't lose in either choice. Buy them by the case so you can practice shooting what you carry.

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