This is a discussion on Target rounds VS Defensive rounds within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Crescentstar As much as it pains me to "waste" the money, I shoot a couple of boxes of my carry ammo to ...
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But I want to talk you into carrying the 125gr bullets instead. They'll have more oomph at extended ranges. Did you know that the 115gr Hornadys (FTX) only goes 1235fps with 389ft-lbs energy at muzzle. Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Ammunition :: Handgun :: Choose by Caliber :: 357 Sig :: 357 Sig 115 gr FTX® Critical Defense® which is less than 9mm+P ballistics. They're downloaded (probably for controllability) unless a typo. I put a heavier Wolff recoil spring (and steel guide rod) in my G32 and I wonder if those rounds would cycle reliably in it. I'm staying away from Hornady loadings.
Speer and Federal 125gr JHPs go 1350fps with 506ft-lb energy at muzzle out of a 4" barrel. Detail Page for Part # 23918, Federal Premium - Handgun Details
Want the most zip, get the Corbon 125gr JHP at 1425fps and 564ft-lbs at muzzle. 357 Sig 125gr CORBON Self-Defense JHP | COR®BON/Glaser Self Defense | Dakota Ammo.
They have a decent 115gr loading at 1500fps but study the ballistics and the 125gr does outperform at longer distances. Besides, I think the extra lead can always help.
I would not trust any ammo in an auto loader that I have not shot at a dozen of. Further I always carry a clean gun so test your carry ammo before you dirty up the gun at the range, as this is a test you might not want to repeat real often.
I have been doing some research and I'm thinking I'll go with either the Corbon or the Speer gold dot. They seem to have the best reviews. I tried some of the hornadys at night and got flash blinded for a few seconds. So I think they"re out. I guess I'll buy some of each and do some milk jug and wood tests and see if either is more accurate close up or way out and things like that.
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Fire enough of your defensive ammo to be sure it functions in your gun, shoots POA, and recoil is manageable. Otherwise, shoot target FMJ ammo. No reason to constantly shoot expensive HP ammo.
Once or twice a year I'll shoot my high dollar defensive rounds at a range session. I do this mainly to refresh my carry magazines with new PD ammo. This may mean only 2-3 magazines full 30-40 rounds depending, and I make every one of them count. Far as shooting similar target rounds that give similar felt recoil to PD rounds, I seem to think the 147gr FMJ is close to the 124gr+P I normally choose for 9mm. 40S&W doesn't have much choice in target ammo other than the 180gr, and I choose the 165gr for PD. I can't tell much difference in recoil between the two. 45ACP is about the same for me as well. 230gr range ammo and 185-230gr PD ammo. Things differ a bit more when you switch between long and short barrel pistols as well. Then again, things change when you shoot lighter pistols as opposed to heavier pistols.
You do want to try out a decent amount (20-30rds) of your choice in PD ammo and choose 2-4 different brands/loads for the first time so you know what works best in your pistol(s), and for you. If you carry, I think you owe it to yourself to be proficient with your chosen pistol and ammo. Do the best you can and be confident in what you do.