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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by James Park, Jan 25, 2011.
Is 10mm Auto in Glock 20 good self defense round compared to other rounds like .45ACP and 9mm?
It's particularly good against bears, is expensive to shoot, and has serious recoil. What is your experience with handguns?
ballistically superior to the popular semi auto chamberings.
Recoil is not so bad if your hands are big enough to properly hold that G20 grip. Factory ammo IS expensive. I roll my own at around $7-$8/50.
Ive shot ALOT of it, in numerous guns, but most in the G20. Took second place in SS SSP at the 2010 IDPA Wounded Warrior Gateway Classic with that Glock.
See if you can find the FBI ballistic tests before they went to the .40S&W.
Hollow points are better than ball for SD (ball will definitely over penetrate).
Flatter shooting, more recoil means longer recover time between shots.
When I used a Delta Elite for USPSA / IPSC, I reloaded to get the round down to required power factor.
The only thing I hate about the 10mm is the accelerated wear on the pistol.
Uncle Ted loves his ...thats enough for me .Defense,hunting ,expensive ...what more could you ask for!
I just bought a Dan Wesson 10mm with the idea of it being an all-around carry gun- bears, moose, criminal, etc. Needs some breaking in. I think the round might be a bit more than needed for 2 legged carnivores and could be a tad light for the larger 4 leggers. But it beats screaming for help.
I do find the Glock to be an ill-feeling contraption, or I'd have bought one of those for a lot less money.
It is not a good Self Defense round...It is a GREAT Self Defense round. 180 gr Speer Gold Dot hollow point going 1300 fps! That load is not for the faint of heart though. Recoil is snappy for mere mortals.
Not a thing wrong with the cartridge,( think .41 mag )however if your experience level requires you to ask it is probably not a good choice.
Ballistics are great!
I've never shot one, don't know anyone that owns one, I've never seen one at the gun club, and I think my local dealer 'watering hole' has maybe 2 for sale.
Just food for thought.
Robo, what kind of pistol do you carry? Do you use a recoil buffer? What weight recoil spring? I'm a 10mm newbie.
IMO, recoil buffers should not be used in any handgun used for self defense. I use a 20# in my C-BOB. Change the springs on a regular basis and maintain the handgun and it should last.
But, as with any other firearm purchase, buy the best quality piece you can afford.
S&W 1006 w/Sprinco recoil reducer. I believe the recoil spring is about 18#. The Sprinco has a captive secondary spring (think HK USP) that slows the slide for the last 1/2" or so of travel preventing battering of the frame. If I use subsonic ammo it will not lock the slide open after the last shot because the slide does not even reach the full stop position.
It is a large gun in an expensive caliber. If you are ok with those two things then you will be pleased with your Glock 20. The gun can handle the 10mm cartridge, and the cartridge is excellent for self defense.
Not a lot of 10mm rounds available either. Here in Central Florida only some of the gun shops have them. The only place I see them regularly is at the gun shows. Even then there is not a lot of the hollow point defense rounds available.
Yeah I'd love to have a 10mm too but I have not once seen ammo one the shelf at any local gunshop arround me. Then again they dont even have good 22-250 ammo eather.
While some of the more major brands are back ordered, there is still quite a bit of good ammo available here:
MidwayUSA: 10mm ammunition
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