Wondering who switches up their defensive ammo

Wondering who switches up their defensive ammo

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    Wondering who switches up their defensive ammo

    Do any of you folks change your defensive ammo (brand/type) often? If so why, what, and when? Sometimes for no good reason I'll swap out some gold dots for dpx, mostly out of boredom..


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    It depends on a few variables, every range trip I shoot one mag of my carry rounds, if that's the last of that brand, so be it, I've got plenty more brands at home that I load the mag up when I get home.

    I generally prefer Rem. 230gr Golden Sabers, but I've Hydra Shocks and HSTs in the ammo box.

    There's no real rhyme or reason to it other than if I run out of "X", I'll use "Y" until I get more of "X"

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    I love DPX but... Federal HST has some great ballistics and it feeds more reliably in my 1911's so I switched. I rotate my SD ammo about every 3-4 months.
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    I've done it lately because I'm still learning about .45 ACP defense ammo. I don't like the recoil with +P, so I'm trying to decide between Federal HS 230 grain or Winchester SXT 230 grain.

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    I carry whatever is least expensive from any major brand so long as it is reliable & accurate.

    While I have preferences, I'm not picky.

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    When the weather turns cold I load up Cor-bon power ball rounds. In the spring I replace these with hollow points, Golden Sabre or STX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skystud1 View Post
    Do any of you folks change your defensive ammo (brand/type) often?
    Absolutely not. It's because my life will depend on the utter reliability of that ammo in that gun. If I were to switch, I'd have to go through the vetting process again, in order to prove that the ammo/gun was a good match. Seems a collossal waste of time, unless the new ammo is markedly improved (for the task) or the old ammo has a proven deficiency.
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    I shoot nothing but Cor-Bon power balls and change them out with fresh ammo every 6 months. The old rounds usually get shot in an IDPA match so I can shoot the defense ammo in a realistic situation.....
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    No.

    I spend a significant amt of time and effort to find a combination of round, weapon, and magazine that meets my defensive needs and is as close to 100% reliable as I can get it. Once I find it, I don't mess with it.

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    Same here. My load feeds in every 1911 I have (and even a baby Glock). I went through hundreds of dollars finding my favorite. It has tremendous ballistics and is a proven load. You couldn't make me change.
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    Depends on what the LGS has at the time.

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    I'm with you guys above, no change for me either.

    Carry ammo is exclusively Corbon DPX in .45 ACP and 9MM.
    Why? Because it works to a high degree and runs in every thing I've owned to date.
    HD ammo I keep two mags x8 of Federal JHP .45 just for said use.

    When I notice set back in a cartridge from being loaded multiple times I'll toss it in my ranges fire box but otherwise I don't rotate ammo because there is no reason to. It's not like this stuff goes bad or has an expiration date.

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    Don't change either.
    I used to carry Golden Sabres, but when I bought a new Les Baer, I began experimenting.
    (No particular reason, except that I get bored easily.)

    The Baer likes HSTs - so do the Colts. Plus I like the ballistics.
    HST for me.

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    I shoot 230 grn HST's in my 45,now my slinghot will use just about any rock i pick up.Besides i saw picks of the guy shot himself in the leg with HST's and the round stayed pretty much intact thru 2 entry and exits.very nasty wounds and had it been COM he'd probably be pushing up daisys

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    Quote Originally Posted by skystud1 View Post
    Do any of you folks change your defensive ammo (brand/type) often? If so why, what, and when? Sometimes for no good reason I'll swap out some gold dots for dpx, mostly out of boredom..
    i do the same thing w/speer gold dot and federal hydrashok
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