Testing Defense Ammo Performance in Handgun
Would like the benefit of your experience. I've read recommendations which advise to cycle at least 200 rounds of chosen hollow point handgun ammo through a SD/HD semi-auto before trusting it to perform when needed. Wondering realistically what most folks actually do. I guess I'm looking more towards the civilian population here since LEOs are able to qualify with work-provided ammo. However I will hold great value in the opinions of the LEOs from the perspective of the civilian.
For your information the pistol in question for me is a Walther P99 9mm and I plan to use Speer Gold Dot +P 124 gr. as my SD/HD ammo. So far I've put 450 rounds through the piece breaking it in and getting to know it, with 35 of the rounds being the Speer GDs, and the rest being 115 and 124 grain WWB and UMC FMJ. I've had no failures of any kind through three range sessions with a cleaning in between each. Wondering if it's necessary to now run 150-200 rounds of GDs through it, knowing how it's performed thus far. The negatives I see to doing so are a) cost and b) wear and tear on the gun from the +P's. What say you? And thanks in advance.