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Why buy FMJ handgun bullets?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Armed012002, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Armed012002

    Armed012002 Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised to see the difference in prices between JHP vs. FMJ.

    .45 ACP per 1,000:

    Remington 230 gr. .45 caliber FMJ $164
    Winchester 230 gr. .45 caliber FMJ $174
    Hornady 230 gr. .45 caliber FMJ $188
    Hornady XTP 230 gr. .45 caliber JHP $198
    Remington Golden Saber 230 gr. .45 caliber JHP $206
    Speer Gold Dot 230 gr. .45 caliber JHP $300

    9mm per 1,000:

    Winchester 124 gr. 9mm FMJ $107
    Remington 124 gr. 9mm FMJ $118
    Hornady 124 gr. 9mm FMJ $132
    Remington Golden Saber 124 gr. $127
    Hornady XTP 124 gr. 9mm JHP $150
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr. 9mm JHP $205

    Based on MidwayUSA prices, for $10 to $30 more you can buy XTP or Golden Saber bullets.

    That's one to three cents more per bullet.

    Why buy FMJ bullets when you can reload JHP for roughly the same price?
  2. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    Some people are so cheap they would dig those FMJ's out of the berm and reuse them if they could.
  3. TriTone

    TriTone Well-Known Member

    Heck ya! Why not? hehe.

    Also, why buy the more expensive bullets when its just ammo for practicing? Or am I missing something? Spending the money on HPs is just a waste as far as I can tell.
  4. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    I got started reloading helping recover lead bullets when I was a kid. We called it using what we could afford. If we could shoot the same bullet two or three times we got to shoot two or three times as much.
  5. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Why shoot Gold Dots into a dirt berm, when you can shoot FMJ for 1/2 the price??

    I did HAVE to buy GDs for my Makarov, as thats all that was available at the time, but now lead is plentifull;)
  6. KosmicKrunch

    KosmicKrunch Well-Known Member

    simply for lead in air contamination at indoor ranges. Plus some finicky pistols do not ramp load well with soft tip or lead. Some department and military only allow FMJ as well, so best to train with what is allowed. Also leading of the barrel can be a concern when using lead at high pressures. Otherwise, it is simply a matter of choice and ecoonomy.
  7. Mxracer239y

    Mxracer239y Well-Known Member

    You are asking the wrong question: Why spend 1-3 cents more, when I could load FMJ for less?
  8. BacSi67

    BacSi67 Well-Known Member

    In NJ we have little choice. LOL
  9. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    A 10 percent savings is 10 percent more shooting. Hollow points don't expand well when shot through paper.
  10. Dodge DeBoulet

    Dodge DeBoulet Well-Known Member

    In my case, there are two reasons:

    • .45 230gr FMJ ball from Precision Delta is a helluva lot cheaper than what you've listed from other manufacturers above ($119 per 1K)
    • The weekly plate shoots at my range prohibit JHP due to their tendency for splashback on steel. And that's where most of my ammo dollar gets spent.
  11. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Frankly because I am cheap! :)
  12. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I try to keep the most inexpensive projectile that is = to what I will be shooting for SD and FMJ with the same propellant in same weight is close enough. Otherwise it would be all lead or plated lead for my firearms.:D
  13. ollifl

    ollifl Active Member

    I buy Prec. D. 9mm/FMJ @77.00/1000, delivered. Let's see, if I buy 5000 it comes to around 400.00, Rem GS @ Midway is 127.00/1000 + s/h=~630.00 so I can actually buy almost 3000 more from PD for the same money.
  14. Rollis R. Karvellis

    Rollis R. Karvellis Well-Known Member

    You make recovering fired rounds sound like a bad thing.
  15. Ditchtiger

    Ditchtiger Well-Known Member

    One to three cents more per bullet times a thousand is $10 to $30.
    And 1000 does not last me 1 month. Multiply that by 12 months and that 1 to 3 cents adds up.
  16. hydraulicman

    hydraulicman Well-Known Member

    wow I have to load up some nice hollow points now. Especially in 9mm
  17. hydraulicman

    hydraulicman Well-Known Member

    I always wonderd why people load hollow points that work like FMJ. Like montana gold. I hear they fly pretty well? If i'm loading JHP's i want some expansion.
  18. jdh

    jdh Well-Known Member

    Because some indoor ranges do not allow hollow point or lead bullets and require FMJ.
  19. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Why shoot any of them when cast bullets are half as much???
  20. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    Saving 3 cents a round on bullets pays for the primer. Besides, at plinking velocities most hollow-points do not expand reliably anyway. Paper and bowling pins do not care at all what they get shot with, and since they are not an immediate threat, the whole penetration vs expansion thingy is moot.

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