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I've shot and researched both. All of the research I've seen shows both to be top performing hollow point rounds. I have personally switched to the HST instead of the Ranger because the HST is cleaner to shoot and I have an easier time finding it in my area. As long as they are reliable in your firearm, either one is an excellent self defense round.
 

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I use 165gr Gold Dots, 155gr Hydrashoks, and 165 SXT Rangers. I like to spice things up a little .



This is what I've been able to gather from various bullet tests, research, blah, blah, blah, and hopefully I remember it right.



The Gold Dots are what my local Deputies use. They are a little newer than the others I believe, and score the same or above the Hydrashoks. I got 50 for $16 at a gunshow.



The Hydrashoks are the oldest IIRC. They are the softest recoiling and the quietest by far. These are pretty much what everything else is judged by. I heard they recently came out with a new design that is much more effective. I got 20 for $14 at Sports Authority.



The SXT Rangers aka "Black Talons" recoil the hardest without a doubt. Their unique design makes the round open up and uses sharp edges tto slice through whatever it might encounter. They score as well or better than the Hydroshoks. I got 50 for $15 at a gunshow.



A bad guy won't be able to tell the difference, that's why I keep a mag loaded with each .
 

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Keep in mind there are 2 different SXT bullets.

The regular Winchester SXT line.

The Winchester Ranger line.--(This is the one you want.)



Both the Ranger and HST are top performers.
 

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YukonGlocker said:
Keep in mind there are 2 different SXT bullets.

The regular Winchester SXT line.

The Winchester Ranger line.--(This is the one you want.)
Unfortunately, both say "Ranger SXT" on the box. You can tell by the product code on the end of the box at the bottom right hand corner which one it is. If the product code contains "SXT" then it's not the Ranger T-Series that you want. For example, it should read as RA9T, RA40T, RA45T, etc.



According to OCSD, HST did better through windshields than Ranger T-Series. Considering some other things I was told at the armory, I'm taking that with a big grain of salt. What they did admit was that HST is cheaper than RAngers.



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