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PD Ammo Only?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by BADUNAME4, Sep 15, 2009.


    BADUNAME4 Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Does anyone use personal defense ammo only, to include at the range? I'm rethinking range ammo on the assumption that it's maybe "better" to do all practice with carry ammo.
    Prolly not a wrong answer, but just encouraging a discussion on the matter.
  2. kanook

    kanook Participating Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    I have found a load that resembles my PD load. With the price of store bought vs rolling my own, I'll stick with shooting mine and carrying the expensive stuff.
  3. Butter

    Butter New Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    What?! LOL I guess it depends on how much you shoot and what you are trying to accomplish with that shooting. I generally check functionality of the defenseive ammo I use in the guns I have, but after that it's reloads or cheap (but what's cheap these days, right?) generic boxes of ammo. Granted, because of the price of ammo currently and my new daughter I only shoot once a week compared to three times a week. But for a few years I was shooting from 12,000 to 14,000 rounds a year which would include competition and defensive pistol classes. I am not spending that kind of coinage on defensive ammo for those quantities.

    Frankly, I just don't see the need. Get a .22, learn trigger control and good sighting practices. Buy an airsoft and some snap caps for malf fixes and you'd be good to go for a lot of your technical requirements for competent gun handling skills without buying huge ammounts of defensive ammo that you might never need if you are only going to use it for practice.
  4. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Senior Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    I'm rethinking range ammo on the assumption that it's maybe "better" to do all practice with carry ammo.

    Seek and you shall find a less expensive practice ammo that hits to the same point of aim as your carry ammo. If you reload you can duplicate your carry ammo developing a load using cast bullets.
  5. Elvishead

    Elvishead Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Keep using target ammo, it's much cheaper, and it keep you shooting at the range, unless your rich, than go ahead use SD ammo all day long.

    TBS, shoot a few SD rounds at the end of every session
  6. riverdog

    riverdog Participating Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    My primary PD load is Win Ranger 147 gr JHP. I recently found some Win Ranger 147 gr FMJ (flat nose) which should do a fairly good job of replicating my carry load, so I bought a case.

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