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Old 09-16-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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What types of ammunition do you guys recommend for 9mm, .380 auto, .40, .45ACP and other cartridges that can be considered a "carry gun" even .410gauge if you have a handgun that fires it.

The only type of defensive ammunition I currently own is; 9mm +P JHP 115gr corban. I have not tried it yet at the range, but what would others recommend for Defensive "carry ammunition" All calibers are welcome.



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This is a bit like asking what's your favorite color. Basically any major brand of modern JHP ammo will serve in a defensive situation. Some folks do a lot of tests on wet phone books, ballistic gel, pic carcasses, and every brand/type has its loyal fans. Pick one that is available to you locally, shoot it through your guns, and if it functions well - choice made...



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I am carrying 185gr Gold dot Speers right now.

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What types of ammunition do you guys recommend for 9mm, .380 auto, .40, .45ACP and other cartridges that can be considered a "carry gun" even .410gauge if you have a handgun that fires it.

The only type of defensive ammunition I currently own is; 9mm +P JHP 115gr corban. I have not tried it yet at the range, but what would others recommend for Defensive "carry ammunition" All calibers are welcome.
Whatever you choose you should try it out in your CCW. Some guns are touchy about feeding hollow point ammo. Best to find that out at a range
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Whatever you choose you should try it out in your CCW. Some guns are touchy about feeding hollow point ammo. Best to find that out at a range
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This is a bit like asking what's your favorite color. Basically any major brand of modern JHP ammo will serve in a defensive situation.
I'm in total agreement with NGIB. It is important to go with major manufacturer's self defense ammo. All of the ammo makers are competing for our money and they all make good products. I have my preferences, as do others. For practice or plinking, go with the cheap stuff, but self defense ammo is no place to go cheap.
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I agree I have lots of spare 9mm and spare .45 ACP's laying around that are for plinking and then there is Corban and others for self defense that are not as available (some will be online and some wont be stored at any of the gun dealers at all/ close to me commercial re-sales ) So it's all about flavor and what taste the gun likes, as someone on the forum said, smaller polymer frame guns don't like HP ammo as much as a full size metal one would.

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as someone on the forum said, smaller polymer frame guns don't like HP ammo as much as a full size metal one would.
First, it's called Cor-Bon.

As far as the statement I quoted - totally no basis in fact. One of the pickiest guns with JHP ammo is actually a "full sized metal" one - a 1911. The smaller polymer autos were built specifically as self defense guns and as such reliability with JHP was built into the design. Now every gun won't like every brand so it's necessary for you to find what your gun digests reliably...
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I use black talons 180 gr in my S&W 40, and black talon 147 gr in my wifes 9mm. There hard to get mostly find them at gun shows 40 to 45 a box of 20.
Im still useing the ones i bought in the 90's



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