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Opinions please - 225 gr. Speer for SD

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dandean316, Dec 11, 2003.

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  1. dandean316

    dandean316 Member

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    Anyone use the 225 gr Speer bullet that is jacketed, but has the hollow point lead tip exposed for self defense? I can’t think of the bullet number now, maybe 4479?

    I see these are for maximum penetration and expansion, so I was thinking they would work well for winter carry. With the BG having heavy clothes on, I thought a larger, better penetrating bullet would be better than the 185 gr JHP’s I’ve been using.

    Any opinions on this?


    I don't want to get into the "don't use handloads for SD" argument. Let's save that for another thread.:)
     
  2. popbang

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    I don't use the 225 grain Speer bullets as I believe they are too tough a bullet for seld defense. They are designed for hunting and to handle a fairly high velocity. I do carry 230 grain Gold Dots in .45 Colt. If you want something you can crimp look at the Remington Golden Sabers in 230 grain. Just a thought
     
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    I consider the 230g Golden Saber in either version as adequate; my personal 'SD' bullet is the non-bonded.
    It's also my advised choice.
     
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