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Old 06-16-2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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How many really feel better having (safer - more confident watever) having high priced advertised "most potent SD round" in your handgun than - lets say a 230gr FMJ in your 45acp
Just courious- seems theres always somebody asking - "What the best SD ammo"?
I realize a JHP is much better for tearing up "stuff" but hey- I've fired a few FMJ's at folks (well, they were "little people" ) but had pretty good results
Again- just courious- I'm a firm believer in anything that builds self confidence
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:02 AM   #2
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I'm big beleiver in better ammo for SD work. I personally don't like hardball for defense. Saw a patient who shot himself with a .45 in the lower leg about a month ago. Nice little holes in and out. He was walking on it.

I like Gold Dot and Winchester SXTs because they have bonded jackets that don't like to separate.

In my .45s I do still like to stick with 230 gr, but something that will expand. I don't put a lot of faith in any handgun that doesn't say "Magnum" to do the job efficiently.

When my 9mm or .45 rounds will expand to close to .70 cal it makes me feel a little warmer inside.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:19 AM   #3
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Though I now carry hp ammo in my normal carry gun, I carried with wadcutter bullets for years. I always carry with the most accurate round for that particular gun. To me it makes more sense as there is a better chance I will want to shoot something other than a human with my carry gun. No matter what my target is I want the most accuracy.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:30 AM   #4
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I think about 95% of the ammo out there will perform like a champ, especially once you reduce it to JHPs/defense rounds.

I buy/carry Winchester Rangers for all calibers. I believe in the brand and they come in 50rd (as opposed to 20rds) boxes for under $30. That leaves room to have a little stash and plenty of "test cycling". But I'll buy any reputable ammo if the cost is right, and have the shelves to prove it. I've seen some tests demonstrating that Walmart WWB 45acp JHPs seem to perform about as well as any other tacticool round out there.

I don't carry FMJs unless I'm in the great outdoors. And for 9mm, I'm a little more picky about the specifics of weight, speed, etc. I'm a big fan of the Win Ranger 127gr +p+ in a fuller framed 9mm.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:33 AM   #5
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Ball ammo in semi-autos feeds -- reliabilty comes first, right? Well, when you are comfortable, a tapered flat-nose is probably best, like a Keith Semi-Wadcutter of hard lead. Penetrates, cuts, breaks, dumps energy...
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:42 AM   #6
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+p+ HP.

Confidence like having a 12" member.
I could make a list of a bunch of guns i have, or "have", or wish I had. Why would one feel compelled to provide that infornation freely? Do you feel the need to show off? Is it some immature game of oneupsmanship?

Why do you feel it necessary to list your guns?
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I believe in every advantage I can get

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Both of my pistols have Win PDX1s. 124+P JHP for the 9mm and 165 JHP for the 40sw. I buy all my ammo at Walmart.
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i thinks as long as you stick with any quality JHP ammo you will be good to go. some will perform better than others for sure, but i think as long as it feeds well, which IMO is more critical than whether brand "A" or brand "B" expands more than the other. if it doesn't feed and fire, then how much it expands or incapacitates is irrelevent.
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never had a gun that wouldnt feed any factory ammo I put in it....must suck
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