What ammo to use in an auto for self defence


December 31, 2007, 01:50 PM
What ammo to use

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December 31, 2007, 02:04 PM
Whatever works well in your gun.

December 31, 2007, 02:26 PM
I carry wolf gold 147g HP in my G26. Not many people would carry wolf ammo, but they shot far tighter groups that anything else I tried.

MS .45
December 31, 2007, 02:29 PM
I really like Double-Tap's offerings. They use Gold Dots in their 9mm rounds.

December 31, 2007, 02:52 PM
In my 38,40, 45's, Federal hydra shocks, in my 32, and I stagger "mag safes" in the first 8 rounds, on the 40, and 45's. The 38 gets +p' Hydra shock, or Speer gold dots. and the seacamp gets silver tips, for vampires,and a seperate clip of mag safes, built into the pocket holster, for different enviornments

Ron James
December 31, 2007, 03:10 PM
Not being snarly, but the best ammo to use in such a situation is the ammo you have with you. You asked a question that everyone is going to answer with what they like, not whats best. Heck, even .22 LR will work pretty good if thats what you have with you!:)

December 31, 2007, 04:03 PM
Hydra-shocks? What is this, like, 1980?

Federal HSTs in 147 gr.

December 31, 2007, 04:13 PM
Your guess is as good as mine which one I'll have on me any given time.

Win 230gn HP's in my 1911's. (Hand load)

Win Tallons for the .357's.

Fed Hydrashocks (Hand load), or some Rem Golden Sabors for the .38's.

For the really big bad guy, The .44mag Bear load is either a Sierra 250gn Truncated Cone, or Sierra 300gn Soft Point. (Hand loads with bark, and bite.)


December 31, 2007, 04:29 PM
In 9mm I use 147gr Remington Golden Saber.

December 31, 2007, 05:55 PM
i would like to advise that you use teh search function and maybe even check out some of the threads that are up currently as there are others that cover this same topic. i will say again as i did in a earlier thread of yours, choose what works best in your weapon. priorties in order, 100% reliable, controlability, and accuracy.

Mad Magyar
December 31, 2007, 06:02 PM
Winchester SilverTips.....

December 31, 2007, 06:29 PM
I usually use sidecutters to defence, as it takes too much ammo.;)

Now for self defense, I use Remington Golden Saber.

December 31, 2007, 06:44 PM
Usually Speer Gold Dots, but I do use Golden Sabers, Federal HST, Cor Bon powerballs and Winchester Rangers. I have never had to use any of these for self defense, but I think they would work since they shoot well in my pistols. The Powerballs are the only ones that work reliably in my .380 Colts.

December 31, 2007, 11:22 PM
Whatever is 100% (or as close to 100% as possible) reliable in your gun.

When I read the topic I thought you were looking for ammo suggestions for inside a car (auto).

January 1, 2008, 02:58 AM
Any of those will do the job, if they are reliable in your gun, and you can shoot them well. Software, not hardware, as they say. There are particular circumstances where specific ammo is particularly good (like certain loads for snubbies, for example), but nowadays, most all brand name ammo has decent terminal ballistics.

January 1, 2008, 09:09 AM
You use what is in your gun at the time.

You don't ask your attacker to let you switch your match grade SWC for your Hornady before you shoot him, do you?

You find what ammo performs flawlessly for a minimum of 500 rounds and go with that for carry and practice.

The point of shooting a person (or animal) when attacked is to make the most destructive hole with least amount of effort in order to stop the threat to your life. A good hit with cheap Wolf ammo outscores a good miss with premium ammo any day of the week.

I got that advice years ago and it has been most useful.

January 1, 2008, 11:45 AM
You didn't mention FMJ, that's what I use.

98 Joes
January 1, 2008, 08:44 PM
Most of my carry pistols have Speer Gold Dot, though I'm also happy with the Hornady TAP.

Carry ammo
Gold Dots in 9mm - 124gr
Gold Dots in .45ACP - 230gr
Hornady TAP in 9mm - 124gr

HD ammo
Hornady TAP in .223 - 55gr
Hornady TAP in 12g - 00 buckshot

January 1, 2008, 08:52 PM
Currently, in my 9mm I load it with hydra-shocks but, I'm planning on doing some research into other loads.

My .380 and .38 both favor Gold Dots.

January 1, 2008, 08:57 PM
Federal Hydra Shock's

January 1, 2008, 10:53 PM
I prefer the Federal 115gr +P+ JHP. It functions 100% in every one of my 9mm handguns and will do the job, if I do my part.

I also like the 115 gr DPX, but the cost prevents me from using it much for practice. The Federal stuff can be had for about $16/50, which is darn good for what it is.

January 2, 2008, 07:18 AM
Agree that HydraShok is outdated. There are much better and more effective modern ammunition to choose from today.

I like the Winchester Ranger +p+ JHP in my XD.


January 2, 2008, 08:28 AM
Cor-bon 124 grain +p 9MM.

January 2, 2008, 09:31 AM
Federal Hydra shocks in everything I carry.

And yes, they have been getting the job done for a very long time.

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