Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by InkEd, Oct 16, 2009.
Although my favorite ammo is the rounds I am about to set off......
Reminds me of the all wise question:
"Whats your favorite beer"
"The fifth one"
Factory defensive handgun ammo: CorBon DPX, Speer Gold Dot, Federal HST (whichever the particular gun shoots most accurately and reliably)
Factory rifle ammo: Military ball or Black Hills for EBRs (haven't tried others like hornady TAP or CorBon yet), Remington CoreLokt for deer (shoots most accurately in my 7mm-08) if I'm not using handloads.
But don't forget extreme shock! I hear their 9mm Destroyer of Worlds 88gr HP will drop Godzilla with a single COM hit
For basic plinking I either use my handloads or what ever is cheapest
For rifle I load my own for plinking and hunting, but if I had to buy factory it would be nosler custom or weatherby. Hornady is another good choice.
for cheap hunting factory loads (under $20) in rifles I like the federal power shok's since they seem to be the most consistent with their loads (after testing several different makers bottom end hunting bullets over my chrono and on paper)
foregot to mention .22 i like mini-mags (they can be had for $7 a box of 100 here locally) for my 10/22's and remmy cyclones for everything else (this stuff is actually in stock where i am at, but at $2 for a box of 50, but better than nothing).
shotguns, what ever is on sale, usually federal or winchester 100rd boxes in 6, 7, 7.5 or 8. for waterfowling I shoot what ever is cheapest and in quantity, luckily i am sitting on lots of winchester steel from a local kmart that was recently getting rid of their ammo they still had on shelves in the warehouse from the mid 90's and i walked out paying $3 a box of 25 (bought every case they had of it).
When it comes to pistol and rifle loads for practice I like Federal American Eagle. They're less expensive than most, clean burning, accurate, and I can reload them if I want. For rimfire cartridges I really like CCI.
Oh, and the .22's get whatever I can find, when I can find it.
150 gr Hornady Spire point
56 grains H380
I like shooting my Mossberg Plinkster, but the area I live is not quite "country" enough to touch off a full power .22lr. I do have plenty of room for plinking, and my backyard is plenty safe for it, but my neighbors would most likely get a but pissy about the noise.
The .22 CB shorts are nice and quiet out of my rifle, they are very accurate, and they have plenty of power for punching through all kinds of interesting reactive targets.
My favorite load for my .380 is Buffalo Bore's 100 grain +p hard cast wadcutters.
For my 38 SPLs I like 125gr. JHP Corbon rounds - 950fps and 251ftlbs out of a 1.875 inch (enough said).
For my 9mms I like Hornady XTP and 115gr Hornady critical defense rounds.
For my 45 ACPs I like Corbon/Glasser Pow'R Ball because my kimber ultra is picky with hollow points.
For my 44s I like 44 SPL 200gr Winchester Silvertips, 44 Mag Corbon Hunter 260gr BCHPs, and the Buffalo Bore 340gr +P+ power house rounds.
For Practice, Plinking, and Target Shooting:
Federal 36gr Plated round nose 22LR
38 SPL 158gr FMJ
9mm 115gr FMJ
45 ACP 230gr FMJ
44 SPL Cowboy
44 Mag 240gr SJSP
what i load myself, and or what is avaliable and or what is the cheapest. if everything was equal my handloads would be my favorite, and wwb would be my favorite factory.
It is a VERY BAD idea to carry your own handloads for self defense. Lawyers LOVE those!
Don't look at me! I voted for the American!"
They recommend not loading them past about 3.000 FPS as they may blow apart from centrifugal force, however I am pushing them at nearly 4,000 FPS. I have ALWAYS hit the target with a .22 round hole, yet a blade of grass in front of a woodchuck will cause the bullet to literally explode before it hits the woodchuck.
I have killed woodchucks that didn't have any sign of any bullet entrance at all, because the were basically hit with miniscule shrapnel at such high velocities.
I just thought, I should place one target about 24" behind a first target to see what hits the second target!
Otherwise, I too like any handloads I create. There is a real satisfaction in doing all the preparation, to finally seating the new bullet and crimping (I always crimp as a separate last step).
For SD Speer Gold Dots.
I personally disagree with this commonly stated opinion. While I personally don't carry my handloads for self defense, I'll emphatically state that this has nothing to do with lawyers. When the gun smoke clears, a shooting will need to be legally judged based on whether or not it was legally permissible for the person to have fired his/her weapon... not based on the type of ammo that was being used.
Handgun: .357 Magnum (preferably brass cased, but cheap...not sure what cheap is anymore) shooting a GP100 and a SP101.
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