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Beretta "Jetfire" 950 ammunition...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Kentucky Rifle, Jul 17, 2003.

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  1. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

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    I like to carry my little Jetfire as a back-up. (Or a back-up to my back-up.)
    Sometimes, I think about the ammo. Right now my Jetfire is loaded with Fiocchi FMJ's. However, I've got a bunch of Hornady "XTP's". Both of these rounds shoot through a regular size sheet of plywood in my garage. Sometimes I wonder if I should keep it loaded with the FMJ's or switch to the XTP's. XTP's are a pretty good hollow point and penetration seems to be about the same~~What would you vote for?

    Thanks,
    KR
     
  2. pale horse

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    If you are a regular civilian and you are carrying 3 guns you may want to get a different job.
     
  3. clubsoda22

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    try rbcd ammo. For little calibers there's nothing better. Just a warning. It's expensive, like $40 for a box of 20 expensive.

    Anyway....3 guns?!?
     
  4. Nick96

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    I've heard two theories on .25's.

    There are those who contend that the velocity & energy of a .25 is so low that you are better off going with a FMJ for increased penetration.

    Then there are those that contend than the FMJ is more likely to glance of something hard (like bone). But, a jacketed hollow point is more likely to "bite" and transfer its energy when something hard is hit (causing some damage) rather than glancing off (and causing no significant damage).

    It's pretty much a given that reliable expansion &/or maximum penetration is iffy with any .25. But given that your own testing indicates that penetration of both is about the same - then it would seem the XTP's would be a better choice since there is some added bite and expansion potential with the hollow point.

    By the way, I carry the XTP's in mine.
     
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    Back when I had a Beretta 950bs I used Hornady XTP's in it. Reliability was just as good as with FMJ, so why not? Either it'll expand, or it won't and just act like a FMJ round anyway.
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    I load mine w/ the Hornady Custom 35 gr. JHP/XTP. They been quite managable & reliable.
     
  7. ruger357

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    Use XTP's in mine. I mean the one that was stolen from my house last Wednesday in a breakin.:fire: Have another on the way though. I pick it up Tuesday.:D
     
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    also have some kinda safe on the way? I mean, that would be nice, considering you got knocked off once and now some thug is packing your beretta.
     
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    Yes I do, plus an alarm.
     
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    Right after they came out, I checked out some xtps and the speer gold dot. the xtps did 975 from a beretta 950b and the speers did a bit better at 1050. both expanded when shot into grocery store beef. The end diameter was .31 with nice musrooms.

    I dont know whether they would be better than ball or not but some sources would give the nod to the jhps because fmj ball has a tendency to deflect off of curved surfaces such as bone.
     
  11. JFrame

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    I keep a Magsafe in the pipe, and the magazine loaded with Hornady XTPs. FWIW, Joe Zambone (R.I.P.) was very fond of the development he had done for the .25 acp (not so much for the .32's, as I recall).

    -- JFrame
     
  12. Kentucky Rifle

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    Thanks guys...

    I like the "MagSafe in the pipe and the magazine full of XTP's idea". That's what I'm gonna go do.
    I like my little INOX Jetfire. I've got walnut "EL" grps on it.
    RBCD desn't make .25ACP cartridges. If they did, that's what I'd be using. No doubt about it!

    KR
     
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