Reloads or factory ammo in CC weapons?
I was listening to a well known gun expert and author on his weekly, gun oriented, radio talk show last weekend and one of the discussions involved using reloads or hand loads in a self-defense weapon. His recommendation was that anyone who owns a gun for protection should never load it with anything other than factory ammo unless you're practicing. His reasoning was that if you ever have to shoot someone, the police will check your bullets and if you are using reloads or make your own "custom" loads, most gun hating, liberal, anti 2nd amendment DA's and prosecutors are going to jump at the chance to put you away. His logic was the lawyers would say you loaded up your ammo to inflict the maximum damage, thereby causing needless and unnecessary pain, suffering and possible death to your "victim".
When was the last time anyone remembers this actually happening and just how often does this really happen, especially considering the hundreds of thousands of self-defense shootings that occur every year? You'd think with that many shootings happening, there would be cases in the news almost every day if it were a real concern. I could understand a possible problem in the old days when a self-defense load consisted of cutting an "X" in the nose of lead bullets or drilling them out and filling them with mercury, but most modern bullets used by hand loaders are almost identical to the ones used by high end and custom ammo makers these days. I'd think a prosecutor could find something better to nail you with - IF he really thinks there's a reason to prosecute - than trying to piece together the bits of your spent bullets and say you are trying to be the next Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson's vigilante character in the Death Wish series of movies).
My question is, (and this is just my personal opinion) why does this "urban myth" continue to hang around? It seems like just another better safe than sorry, kneejerk, overkill reaction to our lawsuit happy society.