I would like to load up my own hunting ammo using the XTP bullets (they seem to be the most consistent and highly-praised performers). It sounds like 240gr is a good weight as it allows high enough velocities for expansion without punishing recoil and is heavy enough for reliable penetration. However, for shots inside 100 yards, could I load with a MV of 1200fps or even 1100fps and still get good results? I would like to keep recoil moderate (this is in a handgun). An 1150fps MV would keep the bullet over 1000fps to 100 yards. The relatively mellow velocity would be pleasant to shoot so I could get lots of practice in and not worry about any flinching on longer sessions. Would this be enough for reliable expansion with this bullet while maintaining good penetration? The Hornady webpage says the bullet is good between 700 and 1500fps MV, but what are your experiences? *edit* Found some discussions with people reporting reliable expansion out of .44 Specials down to about 850fps. Still, however, would I get reliable penetration? I'd imagine at least 18" or so of penetration would be desired (And it seems a well-expanded 240gr HP will penetrate about 25" at about 1350fps, according to Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing). Does that sound likely? The other option is hardcast bullets, but for every few people who swear by them, there is another who reports having to track for hundreds of yards due to the mere caliber-sized hole strait through. It seems like a non-expanding bullet would work (obviously), but might be a little less forgiving in regards to shot placement.