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What defensive ammo do you carry and why?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Hot brass, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. Hot brass

    Hot brass Well-Known Member

    What ammo do you carry and why?
    Why is that you carry said ammo and are willing to trust your life on such ammo? Is it the gun, the ammo? Tell me your reasons.
  2. 4570Rick

    4570Rick Well-Known Member

    What...Federal Hydra-Shok

    Why...Hydra Shok;)

    [edit to add] From a 5" Gummit :D
  3. QuarterBoreGunner

    QuarterBoreGunner Well-Known Member

    I carry a Glock 30 loaded with Remington Golden Sabre .45 185grn. +P; I used to carry Federal HydraShock 230grn... until I had a shoot when the 230grn. failed to perform.

    Later I found that the 230grn. loads from a 3.75" barrel just don't get up to speed to expand reliably.

    I'm a relatively skinny guy so I carry the short barrel stuff most of the time; G30, G23, Kahr 40...I've found that velocity and lighter bullets are what works for me.
  4. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Well-Known Member

    Right now Speer Gold Dots in both .45 and 9mm.

    Why? Three reasons.

    Reliability, Accuracy and Stopping Power.

    Good SHooting
  5. keyhole

    keyhole Well-Known Member

    Issued for court security

    Off duty, Hydra-shok.
  6. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Whatever's close to hand when I load the gun... ;)
  7. Snorkel Bob

    Snorkel Bob Well-Known Member

    Cor-Bon 155's in my 40 cal
    I like th hot little moads and they shoot great for me
  8. sm

    sm member

    Another one whom loads with "whatever's close when I load the gun". ;)

    FWIW all defensive loads I carry have been run a min of 500 rds in that particular firearm. They are reliable--everytime--in said gun, acccurate and I do practice with them. That's MY criteria for ammo choice in a defensive firearm. Shotguns: a min. of 250 rds.
  9. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    230 gr. hardball in a Government-sized 1911. I'm old skoo.
  10. Covey Rise

    Covey Rise Well-Known Member

    Any hollowpoint works for me

    I only use hollowpoints, and I like to use light and fast bullets, because if I ever have to use my gun in self defense, I don't want my bullet going through the bad guy and splattering some little girls head all over the place, nough said.

    That said, I currently carry in
    40. 135gr Corbons in my Steyr M40 pushing 1250 fps
    if I carry my 10mm 1911 I carry Hornady 180gr pushing 1200 fps, I think I'm going to switch to this new Double Tap Ammo Nosler HP 135gr pushing 1600 fps :evil: :fire:
  11. TheeBadOne

    TheeBadOne Well-Known Member

    .40 Glock 27= 135 gr Corbon (good street record)
    .45 ACP= 230 gr Hydra-shok. (accurate as heck, good street record)
  12. Fly Navy

    Fly Navy Well-Known Member

    .40 165 gr and 180 gr Ranger-T (have a mag of each) and 9mm 127gr +P+ Ranger-T. Why? Cause I found it at a good price and the street record is good.
  13. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    44 Mag = 240 gr jsp (if I'm carrying it I'm likely hunting) when I used it as a nightstand gun I loaded it with 240gr lead cowboy loads at 800fps.

    45 acp = 230 gr Hydra shock Big hollow point, not +p so it won't bust up my older Colts, same POI as ball ammo.

    9mm = 115 gr Winchester silver tip; fastest rated non +p on the market, former FBI load, feeds like ball ammo, same POI as my practice ammo.

    .357 = 158 gr sjhp on 6.4 grains of red dot. Even out of a snubby that's serious medicine. Been known to use the 158 gr hyrdashock as well. That red dot load will knock down a man sized steel popper with AUTHORITY at 35 feet from a 2 inch Colt revolver.

    .380 = 90gr Hydrashock or ball ammo. If you hit heavy bone with this load it will crater and create a superficial wound (seen it happen on a game animal)
  14. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    Corvey, I bet that 10mm will go right through the person you are shooting.

    I think picking hollowpoints for concern about overpenetration is a misguided proposition. Many will penetrate and keep going. One of the rules of safety is to not shoot if there is something behind your target. Hollowpoints don't change that.

    Plus, when you take into account that in most shootings, more misses occur than hits, then what you really need to be worried about is where those misses will end up. They will hit with full force, without being slowed down by the target.
  15. CrudeGT

    CrudeGT Well-Known Member

    Ruger P89 with 15 rounds of Hydra-Shok. I figure a 9mm is a relatively smaller round so I want a round that will stop someone with the least amount of trigger pulls. I wouldn't shoot to wound, so why would I pick ammo that won't kill...
  16. Jack19

    Jack19 Well-Known Member

    Federal's 9mm 124gr +P Expanding Full Metal Jacket round. It has extremely good expansion characteristics, doesn't get clogged up with clothing like some hollowpoints, and I've found it to be very accurate.

    Read about it here: Federal EFMJ

    and here: EFMJ
  17. newman32

    newman32 Well-Known Member

    What Jack19 said.
  18. Obiwan

    Obiwan Well-Known Member

  19. Kamicosmos

    Kamicosmos Well-Known Member

    SP101 loaded with the Federal Premium Defense 130 gr HydraShocks. (.357 Mag)
    Beretta 96fs has the 135 gr Fed Premium Defs too.

    The .357 load I think I will like. Haven't shot them yet. I would like a 165 grain version for the .40 though, so I've been considering picking up some CorBons or Gold Dots for it.

    Main reason I pick this load is for the low-flash powder. Originally I picked it for the 'don't want to use handloads for legal defense reasons'. That reason has been pretty much proven Not Viable here. So, only reason I don't go with handloads is mainly cause of the low flash factor.
  20. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    S&B FMJ in my CZ-70 and Walther PP.

    Remington Goldensabers. 230gr. in my 1911 and 165gr. CZ-40B.

    I chose those because the rounded nose feeds completely reliably. Other ammo I've tried have not fed 100% of the time for 200-300 rounds.

    Reliability is job 1 for my ammo. The best magic bullet in the world will do you no good if your gun won't feed every single round.

    You guys do function test your defensive ammo don't you?

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