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What ideal 10mm ammo for wood defence in WA state

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by saturno_v, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. saturno_v

    saturno_v Well-Known Member

    I usually carry either DT 180 gr. Nosler JHP or DT 200 gr. hardcast.

    However I feel that the 180 gr. may be too light and soft for Black Bear, even the small-medium ones.

    Conversely, I feel the that 200 gr. hardcast could be excessive for Cougars (straight pass-through) and a bit of expansion could be beneficial for making more damage.

    The propblem is that when you hike you never know what you could be facing.....is not that you have time to swap magazines!! :D

    Any suggestions for a better compromise??

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2010
  2. jcs271

    jcs271 Well-Known Member

    I carry my Glock 20 loaded with Double Tap 200gr as my constant woods gun around the ranch. I think the hardcast 200gr, with its deep, straight line penetration is about the perfect round for this gun. Lions are softer targets than bears but don't let anybody fool you into thinking they are so soft that they will fall over with any hit. In a field situation where a quick shot at any number of angles is possible you want the penetration and bone breaking ability of a hard bullet. You could always load a hollow point as your third shot but my first two would definately be deep penetraters suitable for any situation/angle.

    P.S. My son and I have hounds and tree 25-30 lions a winter.
  3. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    jcs271 is spot on with his advice.

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