Black Talon was not banned, but because of the hysterical handwringing of an ignorant Winchester discontinued it. They did resurrect it, minus the sharp "talons", as Winchester Ranger SXT.
Now, I'm not expert at analyzing the terminal ballistics of hollowpoint bullet design as it applies to penetration of and expansion in soft tissue. What I do know is that many police departments and, I've heard, the FBI use Speer Gold Dot ammunition--but keep in mind that most of them use 9mm and .40 cal.
You, with a P97, need a good .45 ACP load. What's best? I don't know. But the principle I follow is, use the biggest, heaviest hollowpoint bullet you can find, pushed as fast as possible.
I own a Kimber Ultra Eclipse (3" barrel), a Springfield Armory XD45 Service (4" barrel), and a Springer XD45 Tactical (5" barrel). I used to run Cor-Bon 230 +P in all of my .45's, but now I use the Speer Gold Dot 230, since it's a little cheaper. I am about to start using Hornady XTP 230s, which I will load myself, since I'll be able to make a hotter round, custom tailored for each of my guns, at a lower cost.
Is one of these loads better than the other two? Of course, and there may even be a factory round out there that's better than anything I could come up with. But so what?
Pardon my French, but you're shooting an effin' FORTY-FIVE. And if you ever need to use it for defense, the overwhelming odds are that you will be fewer than 15 feet from your attacker when the lead starts flying. The difference in stopping power between ANY major-name 230-gr hollowpoint rounds is going to be marginal. ALL of them should do a very nice job of putting perps in prone position.
Remember, the .45 ACP, in standard, full metal jacket, GI ball ammunition, was chosen for its ability to put down wild-eyed, drug-crazed, fearless fanatics in the Philippines. Modern hollowpoint ammunition, in nearly all its flavors, will perform even better.
Damn, I get verbose when I drink...
Oh, and RICHARD P--NONE of the pistols you listed has a better trigger than the venerable 1911. It was a masterpiece when it was designed nearly a century ago, and has only improved with modern materials and manufacturing methods.
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