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    Personal Defense Ammo

    I have been reading numerous forums trying to decide on what to get
    for the following calibers

    .38 special
    .357 magnum
    .357 sig
    .45 ACP
    9 mm

    also ... any one have some good info on .22 LR ... not looking
    for self defense load here ... just looking for a good load for
    plinkin at the range

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    For defense rounds any high quality hollow point that will feed in your weapons.

    .22 for plinking. Any copper jacket bulk round.

    A hit with even a small caliber is better than a miss with a big caliber.
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    you forgot to mention .40. just curious?
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    Cor-Bon DPX, Winchester Ranger Talon, Federal Tactical Bonded, Federal HST or Speer Gold Dot.

    Go with either of those and you will never go wrong, unless for some reason the bullets won't feed in your weapon.

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    Choose a high quality name brand hollow point, and one priced were you can practice with the round making sure it feeds without any issues and is accurate.
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    I didnt mention .40 ... cause I dont have a gun in that caliber yet ....

    just to give everyone an idea of what I am looking at

    Ruger GP-100 -- .357 mag / .38 special
    Glock 33 -- .357 sig
    Glock 21SF -- .45 ACP
    H&K USP 45 -- .45 ACP


    these 2 were gifts from well intentioned person ...
    Kel-Tec P11 -- 9 mm ( read a few horror stories on this gun )
    Cobra Enterprises Patriot 9 -- 9 mm ( read horror stories all over the forums on this gun )

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    Black Hills HP
    HST
    Gold Dot
    all non +P
    .357 - 158 gr.
    .45 ACP - 230 gr.
    9mm - 124 gr.
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    I have the Glock 32, .357, all I carry is Speer gold dot's. Never had a single problem.
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    I use Hornady TAP 230 ga. JHP in my .45 XD and it feeds like butter

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    I like Federal EFMJ; 124gr for 9mm and 200gr for .45ACP are both available from the AmmoMan.
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    For my Kimber Ultra Carry II I use Federal Premium Hydra-Shok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtmpgh View Post
    I have been reading numerous forums trying to decide on what to get
    for the following calibers

    .38 special
    .357 magnum
    .45 ACP
    9 mm
    I can only tell you what I carry in these; others will have other ideas, and neither their favorites nor mine may prove best for you, of course!

    .38 Special +P--Remington Express 158-grain Lead Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point +P #R38S12

    .38 Special--Remington Express 158-grain Lead Semi-Wadcutter #R38S14

    .357 Magnum--Remington Golden Saber 125-grain Brass Jacketed Hollow Point #GS357MA OR Remington Express 125-grain Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point #R357M1

    .45 ACP--Federal Premium Personal Defense 165-grain Hydra-Shok Jacketed Hollow Point #PD45HS3H

    9mm--Federal Premium Personal Defense 135-grain Hydra-Shok Jacketed Hollow Point #PD9HS5H

    Links to Ammunition:

    Remington Handgun Ammunition

    Federal Premium Ballistics

    There are many other fine cartridges out there that may work better for you. Good luck with whatever you choose!

    Stay safe!

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    thanx everyone .... most likely what I will do is get a couple hundred rounds of everything that has been mentioned ... go to the range and see what works best

    just as I do when I make most of my purchases ... a lot of research and tire
    kicking so to speak

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    .38 special -- Remington Golden Saber +P 125 Grain -- 975 fps 264 ft/lbs.

    .357 magnum -- Remington Golden Saber 125 Grain -- 1220 fps 413 ft. lbs.

    .357 sig -- Don't shoot

    .45 ACP -- Remington Golden Saber 230 Grain -- 875 fps 391 ft/lbs

    9 mm -- Remington Golden Saber +P 124 Grain -- 1180 fps 384 ft. lbs.
    or -- Federal Premium Personal Defense Ammunition 124 Grain Hydra-Shok -- 1120 fps 345 ft/lb

    and a few not on your list

    32 ACP -- Cor-Bon Self-Defense Ammunition 60 Grain JHP -- 1050 FPS 147 ft/lbs.

    380 ACP -- Remington Golden Saber 102 Grain -- 940 fps 200 ft/lbs.

    40 S&W -- Remington Golden Saber 165 Grain -- 1150 fps 485 ft/lbs
    or -- Winchester Ranger 155 Grain JHP -- 1210 fps 502 ft/lbs.

    That pretty much sums up what I use but there are several good brands / loads out there today.

    Hoss

    ps -- all of the numbers given are the manufacturers numbers at the muzzle.
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    .380 = Corbon DPX 80 grain all copper Barnes deep penetrating hollowpoint. .357 = Reminton Goldensabre 125 grain brass jacket hollowpoint. .357 = Buffalo Bore 180 grain lead flat nose bullet if hiking somewhere there is a chance of encountering a cougar or a black bear.

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