Originally Posted by 6shootersandw
I just went out to my local guns shop and bought some hollow points. They only had one box of Federal .45 185 grains. I want 230 grain but that's all they had. They don't stock much of it because people think it's illegal in NJ.
The HP is only effective if it reliably feeds in YOUR gun. One box isn't enough to prove this to me. I suggest you find a shop that has at least a couple hundred rounds from the same lot. Test most of them for function using one or two magazines. If they work without fail keep the last 20 or so and load one of the tested magazines with them. Load a FMJ or white box JHP in the chamber for carry over the full mag of tested JHP. That way you don't ruin expensive ammo by constantly rechambering.
Because of the cost of testing I don't try any of the new whiz-bang JHP offerings once I've settled on a carry round.