Changing defensive ammo with the seasons!

Changing defensive ammo with the seasons!

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    Changing defensive ammo with the seasons!

    As the weather changes from the warmth of the summer and early fall to the colder months of late fall and winter; do you change your defensive carry ammo weights to heavier rounds?
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    Nope, nor do I change caliber. If it is good enough for the winter in NH it is good enough for summer in TX. Can't guess on the situation so you should use what you think will work best in YOUR your worst case scenario.
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    I voted yes, I typically carry 124 grain Speer Gold Dot HPs. I will go to a heavier 147 grain. Any suggestions?
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    If I ever carried one of my 9mm pistols I'd be toting it with 147 grain ammunition all the time.

    I always choose bullets on the heavy end of a weight range for any particular handgun cartridge regardless of the season.
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    Nope.

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    No, 180gr. Bonded Winchester .40 S&W all the time.

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    Nope .... don't think a toboggan or sunglasses would make that much difference....lol ... jk ... no, i just dont change, carry a heavy bullet year round....
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    When its been below zero for a few days, i sometimes switch to FMJ just to make sure. Cold bullet, ice on a jacket, not a good combo.

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    I don't (124 gr in 9mm and 230 gr in .45), but your post made me think about it. I live in Atlanta, so heavy winter clothing isn't an issue, though.
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    Sometimes in the winter I will go with three extra mags instead of two.
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    No, but then there's not much difference between winter and summer t-shirts here in S. Fl. But if my caliber of choice won't punch thru a winter coat, I'm carrying the wrong one.
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    No. I carry the same stuff all year 'round.
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    Carry the same ammo year round, but I only wear stainless after Easter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    {SNIP} But if my caliber of choice won't punch thru a winter coat, I'm carrying the wrong one.{/SNIP}
    This. Why carry a weak(er) round for part of the year?


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    I carry 147gr Fed HSTs (non +p) year-round. They just work.
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