How to choose SD ammo

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    Question How to choose SD ammo

    I am curious what criteria people use when they choose their SD ammo.
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    I just reasearch ammo reviews and ballistics online
    and look at muzzle energy, penetration, and expansion.
    Sometimes however I think some people go
    overboard trying to find the next best thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrioticRick View Post
    Today, it's pretty much whatever you can get.
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    First criteria for me is +P in any given caliber. Most of my practice ammo is not because of availability and price reasons.

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    It must feed in your weapon without a doubt. Now with some bullets being better than others you must know how to shoot and hit your target missing your target is not solving your problem.
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    Research ballistics and what has been street proven. then I test in my autos to make sure it will feed reliably, some practice in my revolvers, but not as much as they eat everything.

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    Assuming availability isnt a problem. My first criteria is dependability. It must shoot reliably in my gun, everytime. Second, I want a bullet with good penetration and consistent expansion. I use DPX rounds for SD in my .45's and 9mm's. I am still testing the .380 round.
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    If you don't have your own testing facility and most of us don't, look into the research of others who do.

    Pick out a few brands and types that will give you decent penetration and decent expansion from the barrel length you will be using.

    Buy a few boxes of each and make sure they function well in your pistol.

    Once you find one that fits the above, buy a lot of it (if you can) and once again run it through your pistol to be sure it is reliable.

    Practice with ammo that feels the same to you as far as recoil and point of impact and practice some more.

    Stick with it and until the next MIRACLE bullet is developed feel secure that your choice is fine as long as you give it a chance with proper shot placement.

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    I fully agree with bosco.

    I find a good defensive hollow point or expanding full metal jacket bullet (for a picky eater .45 I have) at a reasonable price (usually on the web), then I test for reliability and point of impact. If all works to my liking, I'll then buy at least 500 to use for carry. I shoot up my pistol or revolver's actual carry cartridges about once a month during one of my weekly range sessions. Hence, my actual carry cartridges get refreshed at least every month.

    I don't chase what is hawked as the latest and greatest in defensive ammo.

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    I look for depenability right at the top of the list.

    2nd is a round I can handle well for follow up shots.

    3rd is penetration. I like 12" of gel consitently.

    4th is a nice consistent mushroom with a tip that holds together.

    If a round meets these criteria, I stop there. Extra foot pounds of energy can only lead to the detriment of point number 2 above IMO.

    I use the 125 gr. DPX in my light weight J frames. It meets all of the above goals without beating me up.

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    Consult my Magic "8" Ball.

    Seriously--any premium SD load by a major manufacturer will work just as well as the next--provided you can put it on target. People just like to argue minutiae about "X" does better here...but "Y" does better here...twaddle.

    So: any premium SD load that works reliably and shoots accurately in my pistols in my hands is just fine & dandy by me. If I can find it in my local shops, bonus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    Consult my Magic "8" Ball.

    Seriously--any premium SD load by a major manufacturer will work just as well as the next--provided you can put it on target. People just like to argue minutiae about "X" does better here...but "Y" does better here...twaddle.

    So: any premium SD load that works reliably and shoots accurately in my pistols in my hands is just fine & dandy by me. If I can find it in my local shops, bonus!
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