Reading a recent article it was said that Starline brass is the best choice for self defense loads. Seeing how I have enough target loads now for the calibers I shoot most that will last me into another lifetime, I have decided to concentrate now more on loading and testing self defense loads for the 9mm and 45ACP. I've heard all the liability jazz about doing this and it's not of my concern. I'm looking at the time of if/when the crap really hits the fan, none of this would matter anyway. It was also quoted that the Starline brass has less volume (this is what I've read not tested), and loads that are already tried may need to be worked up again. So here's my question(s): 1. Have you tried Starline for this purpose; if so, what's your results or opinions about it? 2. What was your starting loads for 9mm or 45acp and what did you settle on for best results? 3. Which bullet(s) were best for SD loads (I just happen to have boot-loads of the Hornady XTP). 4. I'm looking for consistency and reliability across the board. As for SD loads that grace my magazines now, HST is my first go-to ammo. Although I do have some Golden Sabre, and Hornady Critical Duty. Sorry I haven't been a part of this forum for awhile guys, but I've been in some bad health for this past year and haven't really did much shooting during this time. I'm just now getting to the point where I can walk the stairs back to the basement where my reloading equipment is. Thanks in advance for your expertise and knowledge for these questions.