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Old 10-24-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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I've heard, and read that hollow points are the best choice for home defense ammunition. I've also heard a lot of negative things about using hollows. Such as failing to penetrate through thick clothing. My Sr40 holds 15+1, and I figure at least a couple of them should get through lol. I'd like to know your guys' opinions on preffered home defense ammo. Particularly about what grain I should be using in my .40

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I've heard, and read that hollow points are the best choice for home defense ammunition. I've also heard a lot of negative things about using hollows. Such as failing to penetrate through thick clothing. My Sr40 holds 15+1, and I figure at least a couple of them should get through lol. I'd like to know your guys' opinions on preffered home defense ammo. Particularly about what grain I should be using in my .40
most major brands of JHP ammo is going to perform pretty much the same with a few exceptions. when dealing with ammo for personal protection such as CC, or SD/HD usage, my main criteria is that whatever ammo i choose to use performs reliabily in my firearm, whether it be a pistol or a shotgun.

if the ammo fails to feed properly or has any type of problems, it's pretty much irrelevent in how well it penetrates, it's expansion or how accurate that ammo is. my ammo going bang and coming out the barrel, everytime the trigger is pulled, is of much more importance than anything else.
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I stagger hydra-shocks and flat tip fmj's for self defense. If for some reason the hollow doesn't penetrate the second shot will.
No ideal for in the home though.

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I have used Federal Hydra-Shoks for years as my self defense round. I know they have come out with newer, more flavor of the month ammo, but they've always worked well for me, and I've seen no reason to fix something that's not broken. And I can't imagine how thick ordinary clothing would be before they would fail to penetrate.

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IMHO .40 is perfectly good for home defense, to fight your way to a 12 ga.
Speer Gold Dot is reputed to be good ammo. The main thing is to have the ammo cycle the gun properly and hit the target. Don't panic and resort to the "spray-n-pray" method, take a half second longer and aim your shot(s). The old-time successful gunslingers, such as Hickock were not the fastest to draw and fire, but remained calm, took their time and aimed their shots while the BG's were firing shot after shot and missing.

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+1 on what Axxe55 just laid out.

Stick with major manufacturers' SD/HD JHP ammo. Federal, Hornady, Winchester, Remington & Speer are 5 names that you can trust.

This is an area where the newest, fanciest gizmo may not be your best choice.

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I prefered the heavier grain hollowpoints just because of the better penetration over a lighter round.

Just shoot a couple of boxes of whatever you choose to make sure they feed with no issues. Now that I am up here, I use nothing but softpoints.

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Thanks for the input

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Don't panic and resort to the "spray-n-pray" method, take a half second longer and aim your shot(s). The old-time successful gunslingers, such as Hickock were not the fastest to draw and fire, but remained calm, took their time and aimed their shots while the BG's were firing shot after shot and missing.
I completely agree. I'm in the army national guard, and one time in the field we were expending unshot 5.56 ammo. We were shooting at posters of bin laden on three round burst from the standing postion at about 25 meters or so. One of the younger privates wasn't taking the time to aim every time he brought his weapon up, and out of 210 rounds he probably hit roughly 50.
I always tell my friends how important aiming is, and how un realistic tv shows are. The people on the walking dead are probably the best marksman in the world lol
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I prefered the heavier grain hollowpoints just because of the better penetration over a lighter round.

Just shoot a couple of boxes of whatever you choose to make sure they feed with no issues. Now that I am up here, I use nothing but softpoints.

Ditto. Good advice Anna. I carry an HK USP .40 as a sidearm while hunting. I have taken down a 200 pound charging boar with a headshot using a .40 S&W magtech 180 grain hollow point round. I hit it with two rounds, but it dropped with the first shot. The round will take out both two and four legged pigs. As already said, run the chosen round through your mags to insure reliability.
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