Personal Defense Ammo Recommendations

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    I use Federal Hydrashok or Remington Golden Sabers for S.D. rounds except for 9mm, which I use Corbon 115gr. +P.
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    Federal HST, Winchester Ranger T-Series or a load with a Speer Gold Dot bullet are the best, IMHO.

    Check out Tactical Forums Home for more info. Below is their recommendations for Duty/Self Defense loads based on testing:

    Keeping in mind that handguns generally offer poor incapacitation potential, bullets with effective terminal performance are available in all of the most commonly used duty pistol calibers—pick the one that you shoot most accurately, that is most reliable in the type of pistol you choose, and best suits you likely engagement scenarios.

    The following loads all demonstrate outstanding terminal performance and can be considered acceptable for duty/self-defense use:

    9 mm:
    Barnes XPB 105 & 115 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Federal Tactical 124 gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Partition Gold 124 gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 127 gr +P+ JHP (RA9TA)
    Federal Tactical 135 gr +P JHP (LE9T5)
    Federal HST 147 gr JHP (P9HST2)
    Remington Golden Saber 147 gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    Speer Gold Dot 147 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 147 gr JHP (RA9T)

    .40 S&W:
    Barnes XPB 140 & 155 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP
    Federal Tactical 165 gr JHP (LE40T3)
    Winchester Ranger-T 165 gr JHP (RA40TA)
    Winchester Partition Gold 165 gr JHP (RA401P)
    Federal HST 180 gr JHP (P40HST1)
    Federal Tactical 180 gr JHP (LE40T1)
    Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB)
    Speer Gold Dot 180 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 180 gr JHP (RA40T)
    Winchester 180 gr bonded JHP (Q4355)

    .45 ACP:
    Barnes XPB 185 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Federal HST 230 gr +P JHP (P45HST1)
    Federal Tactical 230 gr JHP (LE45T1)
    Speer Gold Dot 230 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 230 gr JHP (RA45T)
    Winchester Ranger-T 230 gr +P JHP (RA45TP)

    Notes:
    -- Obviously, clone loads using the same bullet at the same velocity work equally well (ie. Black Hills ammo using Gold Dot bullets, Corbon loads using Barnes XPB bullets, etc…)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigEFan View Post
    The article was a very nice read. Thanks for posting.
    From his own article.
    A different brand high capacity 9mm pistol was chosen along with a 9mm submachine gun, .223 caliber select fire rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles. It was obvious that the roles assumed by such teams precluded the use of the department standard full metal jacketed ammunition. I put together a request for an exemption to their regulations, and was able to purchase and issue the appropriate hollow point offerings in the various caliber weapons we used.

    While we were equipped with specialized weapons denied the rest of the department, I made it perfectly clear to the team that we would certainly find ourselves in situations where we were out-gunned.

    Where was he that he would find themselves out gunned?

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    Barnes Bullets designed the copper bullet--which consistly expands and penetrates very well!
    You can get a FREE DVD called Bullet Myths from Barnes Bullets on this site- Barnes Bullets » Barnes Bullets - the future in bullet technology!

    Alway's A Marine

    P.S. These bullets will not fragment whether going thru heavy coats, etc.

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    Barnes DPX is all I will carry in a .45. For those weapons with a bit ore velocity I will,on occasion, stuff a few Hydra Shocks in the mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tns0038 View Post
    You might want to check this column out.

    Selecting the Duty Weapon--Is Caliber the Key?

    Man, I can't believe I never saw that before. That's a very impressive study and should be required reading for every one of those "Best defense round?" threads....................

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    I use mostly Federal Expanding Point FMJ, or Corbon Pow'rball, especially in my 9mm. I'm less concerned in the 45, since a 230 grn FMJ is a potent round, and any expanding bullet, especially at higher pressures, will do great. For the 9mm, I prefer in general +P with either a good hollow point, or the Expanding point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tns0038 View Post
    You might want to check this column out.

    Selecting the Duty Weapon--Is Caliber the Key?
    Here are some other articles I have found extremely helpful:

    Wound Ballistics, Ballistic Injury, Stopping Power, Gunshot Wounds

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Bulletin - October 2004 Issue


    And probably the most in-depth:

    http://www.firearmstactical.com/pdf/fbi-hwfe.pdf

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    I don't like magtec since i saw a glock explode with it in the range next to me. I like speer gold dot.

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    I prefer 165 gr Remington Golden Sabres & 180 gr Remington JHP .40 caliber neither are a SLOW LEAK
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