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Does anyone NOT use expensive hollowpoint ammo in their defensive handguns?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by bdjansen, Oct 4, 2007.

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  1. bdjansen

    bdjansen Member

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    Anyone just use FMJ or something else completely?
     
  2. mavracer

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    I don't think it makes that big of difference,I'm a placement guy.but what the heck I spend so much money on guns of course I want to spend money on premium SD ammo.

    I know you'll have many of our members chime in soon who use .45 ball and .38 wadcutters.
     
  3. motorep

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    .45 hardball. My pistol was built to run on it, that's what I use.
     
  4. Slugless

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    Sometimes uber$$$ hydroshocks, sometimes cheap hollowpoint, softpoint, sometimes ball. Depends on what's lying around when I reload the pistol. The less powerful the round, the more likely I am to make sure it's got good ammo. The .38 always gets hydroshocks, the 9mm usually does but sometimes just ball. The .45 has ball in it right now. Speedloaders & spare mags usually have ball.
     
  5. tasco 74

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    the only handgun i have is my model 27 and i'd use federal 158 gr. jsps for defense if i need to... i've shot these into wet clay and recovered them to check how the mushroomed.. they did very well thank you..
     
  6. M2 Carbine

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    In some guns I use factory HP and in some I use hand-loads, whichever is the best load I have on hand.

    At the price of factory ammo now days I don't plan on buying any for the foreseeable future.
     
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    I shy away from the expensive, hyped up, super duper mankiller ammo.

    Shot placement is King, penetration is Queen. Everything else is Angels dancing in the wind.
     
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    Federal HSTs are 16 dollars for a box of 50. That's what I use.
     
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    White Box hard ball
    It's what I practice with I don't want to have to wonder how different the performance is of ammo that is too expensive for me to practice with enough to know for sure
     
  10. Old Fuff

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    The Old Fuff got over being a super-bullet junkie decades ago after meeting people with real world experience who didn't lose any sleep over ammunition concerns. They had different opinions about guns and cartridges, but they all agreed about the importance of bullet placement. They were also excellent marksman, who could do what they did very quickly. :scrutiny: ;)
     
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    I shoot and carry .380's so I go with Fiocchi FMJ's. They're one of the hotter ball ammo and not priced too bad. Will be reloading soon.


    Kevin in Pa
     
  12. tnieto2004

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    Speer Gold dot for me.. Not too pricey ..
     
  13. 22-rimfire

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    I use 125 gr HP Remington 38spl +P's in my 442. I doubt I will every use the gun for self defense. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to carry the thing except when I am working in suspect areas. Do I feel better having access to it all the time, you bet. Must be the reason then.
     
  14. lesjones

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    I use premium brands JHPs, but more like $25 for 50 rather than $20 for 20. That way I can afford to practice with that ammo. I shoot Remington 158gr LSWCHP in .38 Special and 125gr semi-JHP in .357 (though I'm thinking about going to a heavier bullet there).
     
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    I'm worth the extra cost of CorBon or Gold Dot.

    Only expect to need it once in my life, so its not a big annual cost.
     
  16. savetheclaypigeons

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    I go with FMJ. It's not worth the extra $40 for the HP .50 bmg anymore
     
  17. Dan Forrester

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    Glock 17 and FiocchI 147 grain FMJ.

    Dan
     
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    Depends on what I want to accomplish, defense from two legged threats, or other.

    I typically carry a good JHP, I prefer the standard XTP.

    DoubleTap also makes good ammo and for the same price you get 50 instead of 20 rounds.
     
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    I keep JHP on hand for defense purposes, and practice mainly with FMJ. Whenever I rotate the JHP rounds out for newer ammo (every 8-12 months) I shoot the old stuff.

    Federal +p+ for defense
    WWB for practice
     
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    My initial response would be...How much is you life worth?

    But in all fairness I carry Golden Sabres on the recommendation of my HGP instructor.

    These are what my local sherrifs office carries...this way if I am forced to use it some idiot medic chasing lawyer cant say I was using Super duper armor piercing cop killer man stoppers. Nope I use the same thing the cops do.
     
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    Strictly hardball. My "Home Gun" is a 1911, and that's what it was designed to work with. Hollowpoints work fine too - but like others, I'm more for placement than bullet type.
     
  22. Geronimo45

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    For semis, I currently stick to hardball, as money is tight. Hardball from a decent manufacturer should function properly. HP rounds may not feed properly - and the high price of some of 'em preclude extensive trying-out to make sure they feed properly.
    For my revolver, now, I have what I think is supposed to be the latest & greatest Federal 158gr .357 hollowpoint load. Not from any particular reason, just because it was the only HP load I found that was somewhat reasonably priced (the Winchester or Remington JHPs were a pretty good price, but they were in bulk). Since bullet shape means nothing to a revolver, I don't have to worry about feeding issues.
     
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    I'm really surprised that no one's mentioned any of the JHP offerings in the WWB or Remington 100 round boxes.

    You can get 9mm, .40 and .45 ACP JHP's in WWB for a couple bucks more than you pay for ball. Same goes for Remington's 100 packs, I've bought 230 grain JHP's in .45, 125grain SJHP's in 357 and .38 Special +P and seen 9mm 115 grain JHP's cheaper than ball at times!

    You can pay the premium price for the hotshot bullet du jour if you want, but there are less expensive and almost as effective options out there.
     
  24. BigBlock

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    As far as I'm concerned, for humans, any old chunk o' lead will do.
     
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    I use cast bullets. Almost exclusively for pistols.
     
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