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Old 04-06-2014, 03:06 PM   #21
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Keep in mind that the high performance personal protection ammo is going to be expensive no matter what the caliber. The 9mm is probably the cheapest practice ammo in the major calibers however I have found reasonable prices on 380 hardball online. If you are worried about recoil, dont even think of one of the mini guns like the P3AT, LCP etc. Even though they are 380 they are miserable to shoot. The Sig P238 is a sweetheart to shoot in 380. Same with the Bersa 380's. The Sig 938 is the 9mm version but expensive. The S&W M&P Shield is fairly easy to shoot in 9mm and about $400. The XDs 9 is a little heavier than the Shield but a contender. For a little bigger the Ruger SR9c is a great shooter and also about $400. My wife and I each have one and we can share mags and ammo. If you are considering a 40, shoot one first. The recoil is snappy on a light weight pistol.

Agreed on the Ammo, except I have been Shooting the Fiocchi 92Gr. Expansion round, about half the price of the Remington Golden Sabers. it's the one SD/HD round that I can Shoot Across all of my 9MM's with no issue.


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.40 S&W fmj is only $1 or $2 more than 9mm at my Wal-Mart. I think .38 special is $5 or $6 more than 9mm. There's no .17hmr, .22lr, .22wmr, or .380. There's occasionally .25 and .32acp.
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Agreed on the Ammo, except I have been Shooting the Fiocchi 92Gr. Expansion round, about half the price of the Remington Golden Sabers. it's the one SD/HD round that I can Shoot Across all of my 9MM's with no issue.


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I will have to look into that one.

On 380 I only use XTP. The other HPs expand too quickly and dont penetrate enough. I would use hardball if I could not get XTP. I dont bother looking in stores for 380 and order it online.
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I just checked sportsmansguide.com: 9mm hardball, starting @ $13/50 rds., .38 spl., starting @ $16/50 rds. and .380 acp., starting @ $18/50 rds.

Don't let ammo pricing deter you or her from choosing the caliber she likes most.
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I have been getting 50 ct Speer Gold Dot 124 gr+p for around $30. You will get reamed most of the time buying boxes of 20/25 rounds. Recently I have been getting 40 cal ammo for about the same price as 9mm.

Folks, Walmart is not the cheapest/best place to get ammo. You always get the very cheapest ammo made for a fair price. Once the 22LR ammo is gone I am done with Walmart. The high rate pawn shop will match Walmart ammo prices for better ammo. I can get even better ammo prices for better ammo online.
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Look up a CZ-82. It's a fine pistol, uses 9x18 Makarov ammo ( cheaper than 380 ), and is a joy to shoot. Price is in the $300 range.

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I'd agree with 9mm or the 38 special suggestion. A 357 wheel gun would be nice. You can shoot affordable 38 specials most of the time and have a little 357 around for some training and self defense. Nice one versatile single gun option.

But 9's are common and so is the ammo. Go fondle some semi autos in 9mm and a few 357 wheel guns, and buy what feels good in your paw.


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Yeah, anytime I see 32ACP or 380 ACP it is way overpriced. I try to stay away from remanufactured ammo as much as possible, but I have bought some in different counts (50-200...)here and there. Bought some in a new caliber yesterday,45LC..


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I would say go to the range and rent a bunch of 380 and 9mm guns and go to town after that she will know what she wants!😃


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I can't speak for any other calibers,

but I fired standard 9mm FMJ target rounds

clean through a 50 gallon steel drum

the other day.

So much for any doubts about it's power

of penetration.
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