carry ammo poll


February 2, 2012, 03:57 PM
what do you carry? I'm not looking for weight bullet type and so on, just what brand?

EDIT TO ADD: If I did not put your favorite ammo in the poll I am sorry, these were the ones I pulled out of memory. also, I carry Hornady

ALSO EDIT TO ADD: The two I was expecting to win, are in fact winning

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February 2, 2012, 04:04 PM
Generally, I carry a simple JHP or SJHP load. Those in my Kel-Tec PF9 and Bersa Thunder .380 are made by Remington's UMC company. In my two four-inch revolvers (Taurus M66 and Ruger Police Service Six) are .38 Special loads by Remington, both SJHP in +P. In my Kel-Tec P32 are WWB JFN rounds. WWB rounds in that shape also fill my .38 snub revolvers.
All off these rounds are chosen largely due to price point and ready availability.

February 2, 2012, 04:08 PM
winchester ranger 127gr +p+

February 2, 2012, 04:26 PM

February 2, 2012, 04:53 PM
Remington in my 9mm
Remington in my 45.......

February 2, 2012, 04:56 PM
I carry the 124 gr. Hydra-shok in my SR9c.

February 2, 2012, 05:05 PM
I carry reloads. Starline brass and Hornady personal defense heads

M2 Carbine
February 2, 2012, 05:15 PM
I'm not looking for weight bullet type and so on, just what brand?

No particular brand. I carry whatever factory load looks good, but I buy very little factory ammo.
If I think my reloads will do the job better I carry them.
(No, I don't buy into the notion that somehow a "good shoot" becomes a "bad shoot" if a reload is used.)

February 2, 2012, 05:31 PM
Too bad you can only pick one, I use 2 loads because I carry 2 different guns.

Speer 135gr Short Barrel .38 Special +P
Remington FBI Load

February 2, 2012, 05:41 PM
Buffalo Bore or Remington

February 2, 2012, 05:54 PM
I have several of the ones you list but just as often use my hand loads,as I have good loads developed for specific fire arms and trust them as well as any
store bought ammo.

February 2, 2012, 06:03 PM
I voted "other", because:

In .22 WMR, I carry CCI Maxi-Mag +V
In .380, I carry Remington UMC
In 9mm, for compacts, I carry Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel
In 9mm, for full-size, I carry Remington Golden Saber
In .38 Special +P, I carry Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel
In .357, I carry Buffalo Bore
In .40, I carry Hornady T.A.P.
In .45, I carry Hornady T.A.P.

So that is 8 different loads in 7 different calibers from 5 different ammo manufacturers for various carry and home defense guns.

You should add a "2 or more of the above" option to the poll...

February 2, 2012, 06:06 PM
I use Speer, Hornady, Federal, Winchester, Fiocchi, PPU, and Silver Bear in various calibers in various guns ... and that list may not be all inclusive. Everything seems to run Gold Dots happily, though, at least in anything that I can find a reasonably priced GDHP in.

And I generally have my carry gun loaded with ammo "X", and a reload of ammo "Y", just because I've considered that problems could be related to a batch/lot or the age of the ammo ... both "X" & "Y" would be high-quality loads suitable for defensive use, sometimes just a newer batch in the gun and an older batch of the same ammo in the reload, or vice-versa

Limiting yourself to only one load for carry/defense/whatever is sort of silly, anything you can pick up reliably in a non-chump-box* should be tested out and evaluated, keeping in mind that the difference between various quality expanding bullet designs is fairly minor compared to the necessity for reliability of the ammo/gun/magazine matchup. If you know your gun feeds and ejects Speer Gold Dots and Federal EFMJ - for example - stock both whenever you encounter them at a decent price. The same applies to any quality defensive load, really.

**"chump-box": (n) A box of ammunition of 25 or less rounds at a markup only someone who doesn't know better (or someone who doesn't test their ammo) would pay
**"non-chump-box: (n) the same ammunition packaged in more reasonable sizes at more reasonable prices. Sometimes marked with "LE sales" nonsense, a slightly different part#, or similar.

February 2, 2012, 06:11 PM
It depends on what I'm carrying, and where.

Ruger SP101
38 Special Hornady 110 gr Critical Defense in a city
.357 magnum Hornady 125 gr Critical Defense in a Rural town
.357 Speer 158 gr Gold Dot in the woods near home

.45 acp Hornady TAP 200 gr +p ammo in the woods near home

S&W 460V magnum
325 grain Hard Cast Lead HSM in 460 in griz country

February 2, 2012, 06:20 PM
.45 ACP Federal 230gr HST +P
Or, out in the woods, just whatever FMJ I have.

357 Terms
February 2, 2012, 07:05 PM

Barnes XPB's in my 357's (125grn and 140 grn)

Gold Dots in my .40 (reloads 155grn)

230grn Remington hp's (reloads not Golden Sabre) in my 45.

February 2, 2012, 09:47 PM
Other, as in I carry Rem, Federal, Winchester or hornady.

February 2, 2012, 09:58 PM
Handloads. Spare me the speeches....:cuss:

.22 mag I carry, at the present, CCI Maximag 40 grain JHP. I'd carry Hornady PD, but my gun misfires occasionally with the stuff. That is not a good thing. I'm waiting to test Speer GD if it ever comes available.

February 2, 2012, 10:01 PM
Another handload carrier here.

February 2, 2012, 10:06 PM
I still carry the ammo issued to my agency,even though I am retired.

I dont ever have to explain why I chose that particular ammo since my agency did so and any D.A etc can ask them why.

I see it as a liability proof ammo choice.

In a nanny state that is a major concern.

February 2, 2012, 10:07 PM
I too "roll my own", for all my carry guns. :D

The Bushmaster
February 2, 2012, 10:08 PM

February 2, 2012, 10:10 PM
Handloads. Spare me the speeches....:cuss:

...............same here.

February 2, 2012, 10:31 PM
Other - Silver Bear 9x18. It's affordable enough to practice with, and I've had zero problems shooting it out of my IJ-70.

February 3, 2012, 01:32 AM
remington, but for the life of me I don't know why. I have at least a 5% failure rate with them. Except for golden sabers which have been 100% reliable.

February 3, 2012, 08:45 AM
Winchester RA9TA 127gr JHP +P+. It's a police load so I don't have to make explanations either.

February 3, 2012, 01:37 PM
I'm waiting to test Speer GD if it ever comes available.

February 3, 2012, 04:15 PM
I use Georgia Arms 124gr+P hp for carry. Speer bonded unicor bullet other wise known as gold dot and new starline brass ,CCI primers.

February 3, 2012, 04:26 PM
Hornady 230gr +P Hp

February 3, 2012, 04:32 PM
Listed below is my current loadings. I'm not super fixated on a particuar brand, and I'm generally satified with any of the premium makers JHP offerings. So I do vary things up if I find one cheaper than another.

Speer Gold Dot 380ACP 90GR HP
Speer Gold Dot 9MM+P 124GR HP
Speer Gold Dot 45ACP 230GR HP

February 3, 2012, 04:34 PM
my handloads . in my 380, 9mm and 45acp

February 3, 2012, 04:36 PM
Winchester Silvertip 225gr in my .45 Schofield Replica, surprisingly soft shooters, they don't make me fear accelerated wear on the frame.

Winchester Ranger T 165gr in the M&P .40, got a good deal on a few boxes, am down to 2 spare mags full now.

Cor-bon DPX +p 115gr in the Missus' Sigma. She likes em. I don't argue, they worked as advertised when I tried them for feel.

February 3, 2012, 04:39 PM
I wish these were check boxes instead of radio buttons, as I carry more than one of the above.

February 3, 2012, 05:59 PM
Temporarily Federal HydraShok 135 grain, until my Golden Sabres arrive.

February 3, 2012, 09:09 PM
I immediately thought of my .45 acp load and voted that way. Then after reading some posts, it does depend on the caliber pistol. I guess reliability and shootability dictate what I carry in which pistol. However, all are jacketed HP's, except in the .38/.357. There I've settled on the lead SWC. So, it's Winchester, Speer and Remington, guess that's why there's all those boxes around.

February 3, 2012, 09:15 PM
Whatever is "on sale" when I need more.

Bullet placement on the target is far more important in handgun effectiveness than which bullet it happens to be.

February 3, 2012, 09:22 PM
Federal 147gr HST right now but I've also carried win. Rangers as well.

February 3, 2012, 09:22 PM
I voted Federal (HST) but I may switch to Hornady Critical Duty... waiting for ballistic tests. I'll NOT carry Winchester until they correct their QC issues.

February 3, 2012, 10:17 PM
I'm not particularly ammo brand loyal, but regardless of what gun I'm carrying it's always loaded with some sort of hollow-points in the upper-middle bullet weight range for that chambering. I sometimes carry handloads.

February 4, 2012, 12:24 PM
Hornady Critical Defense
.357 mag
.45 acp

Accurate, clean, feeds perfecty, nickel plating, designed for self defense

Decent price so I can practice with it and not go broke

February 4, 2012, 12:59 PM
For factory stuff, when I get a new handgun, I start trying the various JHP's from the major manufacturers. Once I find one that is reliable and accurate in that particular firearm, I'm done looking.

Because, it simply doesn't matter what magic bullet you use. If you strike your intended target where you should, one bullet or another doesn't matter.

February 4, 2012, 01:26 PM
Since the poll is set up for only a single response, I can't vote. I have great confidence in a number of brands.

just for fun
February 4, 2012, 10:59 PM
reloads in 38 caliber. 158 LSWCHP Hornady over 231. Snub nose and do not load to +P. I don't believe I can buy a better load.

February 5, 2012, 07:39 AM
I have two carry pistols. 99% of the time I have my Ruger SR9c loaded with Hornady Critical Defense 115g FTX, I also have an LCP I carry when I can only manage a tiny gun, its loaded with Hornady Critical Defense 90g FTX

February 5, 2012, 01:11 PM
Golden Saber, I love 'em. They shoot straight and are 100% reliable in any gun I've ever shot them through.

February 5, 2012, 02:22 PM
Hornady 'Steel Match' cal. .45Auto.

February 5, 2012, 02:41 PM
Glock 21 - Winchester PDX-1 +p
Glock 26 - Winchester PDX-1 +p
Ruger LC9 - Remington Golden Saber
S&W 642 - Speer Gold Dot
Kel-Tec P3AT - Winchester Silvertip

marine 97-03
February 5, 2012, 03:21 PM
Buffalo bore

February 5, 2012, 07:15 PM
I don't like the idea of +p or +P+ ammo to try to get better performance from any pistol cartridge. Ammo that is made to perform at standard pressure is better all the way round to my thinking. Cartridges like Hornady's Critical Defense and Critical Duty line make the most sense to me as they try to get the same amount of penetration and expansion consistently. So I will be going this direction as soon as I can find some to try in my pistols.

These are still just hand gun cartridges after all and shot placement is the key here, use what works in your gun and shoots well for you.

February 5, 2012, 07:30 PM
My Colt 1911 just looooves that Critical Defense 185gr round by Hornandy.

February 5, 2012, 09:12 PM
Remington Golden Saber in 9mm.

February 5, 2012, 09:46 PM
I like Remington Golden Sabres, in 9MM and .357 mag. They're available locally and consistently.

February 5, 2012, 09:58 PM
I prefer Federal for everything, pistol, rifle, shotgun!

But I like and buy most manufacturers:

Federal (I like all there ammo- and Love there 12ga Prem Turkey Loads)
Hornady (I like there Leverlution for My Levers - Marlin/Win)
Remington ( I also like the golden Saber in 9mm and for my .22 )
Winchester ( I prob buy equal amounts of Fed and Win in 9mm )

I use a lot of others Corbon, Speer etc in small carry guns like .25, .32, .380

Love Hydrashok especially in my .357's

Shoot , I just like em all really!

February 6, 2012, 05:11 PM
Can't vote. I carry various brands in various calibers. Poll does not allow multiple brands.

February 6, 2012, 08:06 PM
I carry Handloads.

February 7, 2012, 07:47 PM
I carry either Winchester Ranger T 124 grain +P or 135 grain +P Federal Premium bonded. If I happen to be carrying my S&W 442 I'll carry Gold Dots.

February 8, 2012, 03:13 AM
I carry 110gr lead hollowpoint reloads, loaded to about 875fps.

February 8, 2012, 04:33 AM
Well, several of the above, plus another, so I indicated "other" in the poll. There are .40 Speer Gold Dots in my duty P229. My employer requires us to buy our own ammo, within guidelines, and 180-grain Gold Dots do well in my P229 pistols, shooting to point aim, plus remained available during the Obamascare.

In my .357 revolvers, I prefer different loads in different weapons, and my choice is sometimes limited by availability. I have about run out of Federal Classic 125-grain, and dealers seem not to stock it anymore, so Speer's full-pressure 125-grain load is now the load of choice for my defensive GP100 sixguns that have lugged barrels and adjustable sights. I have tended to use Winchester Silvertips in my various lighter .357 sixguns, but recently switched to Speer Short Barrel Gold Dots in my SP101 snubs.

I did use Winchester Silvertips in my .32 Seecamp, but switched to Gold Dots after Winchester changed the dimensions of their Silvertip load a few years ago, prompting Larry Seecamp to change his ammo recommendations.

I have about run out of my old .45 ACP Federal Hydra-Shoks, so I am about to buy several 230-grain JHP loads, to see what modern ammo my Baer 1911 likes. If any reputable manufacturer's load is notably more accurate, it will get the nod.

I generally use Remington buckshot and low-recoil slugs in my duty/defensive pump guns. I used Remington Golden Sabers when I carried Glocks for duty and some concealed carry, from 2002 to 2004.

My "other" is Buffalo Bore, .38 Special standard pressure and .45 Colt.

February 9, 2012, 02:10 AM
Winchester Ranger SXT

February 9, 2012, 11:04 PM
.40 S&W 180 gr. Federal HST in my Kahr PM40.

I have some 165 gr. Hornady ZombieMax ammo in the safe though..... just in case.:neener:

February 10, 2012, 02:49 AM

February 10, 2012, 10:46 AM
Standard pressure Hornandy 125gr or Winchester PDX 130gr +p in my 637. I seldom carry an auto but when I do, it's whatever is lying around.

David G.
February 10, 2012, 11:40 AM
I don't always carry a gun, but when I do, I prefer Buffalo Bore. (Or Brenneke Black Magic slugs, but that's for a 12 gauge shotgun.)

February 10, 2012, 12:01 PM
All home made!

February 10, 2012, 09:59 PM
Prvi Partizan.

February 11, 2012, 03:06 PM
129 Hydrashok in S&W 60.

February 11, 2012, 05:48 PM
I carry whatever is the cheapest on sale.

Resist Evil
February 11, 2012, 06:32 PM
Hornady TAP-FPD .45acp 230 gr. in my primary. I voted using this.

Speer Gold Dot .38spl 135 gr. in my BUG.

February 12, 2012, 08:50 AM
I voted 'other', my carry is Sellier & Bellot in 32 ACP.

Samari Jack
February 25, 2012, 10:58 PM
Same here!! Glaser safety slug in both auto and revolver as the first 2-3 rounds. After those first two the next out is Cor-bon DPX. I worry a lot about over penetration, both people and walls.

If I'm goofing around in the fields and woods beside my house, I carry mostly Berry's reloads as I'm subject to shoot a box at knot holes, frogs, a strategically placed peach or mellon, (if in season).

February 26, 2012, 08:45 AM
Black Hills and handloads

February 26, 2012, 10:51 AM
Reloads. That way I can better AFFORD to continually check them for functioning, etc.

February 26, 2012, 11:16 AM
Mostly Speer, Corbon, and Buffalo Bore for carry ammo in my firearms But do use Remington and Winchester too. No matter what the BG can rest assured if need be I will only send the very best to ruin their day.:D

February 26, 2012, 11:24 AM
Other by Buffalo Arms Co.

February 26, 2012, 11:27 AM
Remington 230 gr. Hardball......:what:

March 2, 2012, 10:33 PM
In my .45: I load it with the classic. Winchester Whitebox 230 grain FMJ. That load has been planting people in the dirt since WWI. It's killed PLENTY of America's enemies, quite efficiently.

That load, dating back to the inception of the 1911 itself: has filled cemeteries with fascists, nationalists, totalitarians, socialists and communists. Of every skin color imaginable: in every environment imaginable and on every continent except Australia.

You can keep every rapid expansion, multi shot, break away projectile, hydro shock contraptions you want: those all work and they work just fine. Crush damage: is permanent damage and permanent internal disruption - not temporary. I never intend to have to deal with a potential threat: a second time.

That's just me, and I'm not saying the myriad of defensive ammunition to be found out there isn't capable: I'm saying the same load I use for defense has an exalted track record of stopping baddies. It also happens to be the same exact load I use for plinking and I don't feel like I'm being bent over a barrel every time I go to buy a box. You are otherwise -not- going to shoot your ultra high grade defensive ammo: on an idle Tuesday at the range.

I can, and it's fun.

There's something to be said for Old faithful.

Now if we're talking .44 special or .44 mag: 250 grain hard cast keith style LSWC. If you've never had the opportunity to actually examine the wound channel - it's disgusting. This huge glob of lead which does not want to deform right away: starts to tumble and yaw and want to continue it's rotation. The pitch deviates as it continues forward momentum it sprawls and when it does that it causes just tremendous internal damage along it's path. Worse yet the outer layers of lead flake and splinter off leaving debris throughout. It just shreds everything for about an inch around the entry hole along it's path internally.

March 2, 2012, 11:14 PM
I'll take my own handloads over factory ammo any day of the week.

March 3, 2012, 09:33 PM
Winchester Ranger 147 grain JHP bonded or Remington 147 grain JHP Golden Saber. However, I have also carried Corbon and Speer Gold Dot.

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