Please provide candid advice on .38cal, 9mm, and 45ACP ammo
A well written article on basic ballistics. I have 3 handguns--a Charter Arms Undercover .38 Special, a Glock 26 (extended grip +1) and a Glock 30 (standard magazine).
My initial gun purchase was the Glock 26--as a former copper, it was decent for concealed carry and off-duty. I purchased a Glock 30 for a bit more "knock down" at a crazy price but I find it to be a bit heavy for daily carry and more for home defense out outdoors wilderness encounters. I recently inherited at Charter Arms Undercover .38 SPL.
I had been using CorBon (115 or 124 gr) in my 9mm due to the ballistic "knock down" of that of a .357 round (per FBI testing standards). Currently, I do not have CorBon in either Glocks, rather Federal Personal Defense Hydrashock at 124/7? gr and 230 gr respectively.
With my newly acquired .38 SPL, what am I to use? Along with my 9mm and 45? I know each caliber has different "stopping" characteristics and the brand of ammo may not be best-suited for each handgun. I have read countless articles (from FBI-gathered "data" that there's little difference due to manufacturer competition--a bit on penetration depth and overall expansion size).
I am seeking advice on which ammo to best use for each caliber--manufacturer, type, and grain. I am more prone to carrying my Charter Arms .38SPL during the summer (wearing loosing elastic waistband shorts vs. jeans with a solid belt--more suited for the Glocks as a personal comfort). Furthermore, I need to consider the practicality of firepower vs firearm wight while wearing dress slacks (in an ankle holster). The FBI Ballistics testing suggests rounds as "meeting the standard" but are they adequately giving us the correct information on "stopping power" and "infliction of damage?" We all know the government will not publish data that equates to what federal agencies carry or give us the inside scoop for the upper hand. There are "bleeding rounds" out there which lack penetration but cause massive internal bleeding for trauma docs and as such are purely "deadly" since they can't stop the bleeding for shrapnel.
What I am asking is for best round in the summer attire and dress slacks for the .38SPL, the winter round for the 9mm and the home defense for the .45ACP.
Originally Posted by barstoolguru