First, welcome to the forum. Usually the new members stop in the Introduction section and let the members get to know them a bit.
Second, most hollow points are meant to work in a hydrostatic environment. Meaning, when they hit flesh (lots of water in the body) they open better than when shooting into dirt. A great way to test hollow points is to shoot them into wet phone books or newspaper. The last ones I tested were Winchester Bonded PDX1 230gr. I shot them into wet newspaper backed by wet catalogs. Excellent mushrooming. Others here have done the same with various makes and weights with good results.
If they don't mushroom after shooting into wet newspaper or similar media, I would not use them for defense ammo.
Skullcrusher, you are evil, sick, demented, twisted- and my hero!
Originally Posted by pandamonium
...without the Second, we cannot protect the rest!