An old thread, but there's something to be said for carrying the police round (now that departments are hip to the best ammo):... A friend on police swat in Washington state recommended the
Speer Gold Dot 40 Cal. 180gr. JHP. Washington St. uses this round that's fired out of their issued Glock 22. Claims they have many shootings per year and that this ammo round works very well....
The suggestion has often been made that you should find out what your local police agency carries for ammunition, and then load the same stuff into your concealed carry and defense guns. That way, any opposing lawyer painting you as a malicious sadist for using hollow nose “dum-dum” bullets would run up against your solid defense: you were carrying the same ammo as the cops he works with daily. Are they malicious sadists, too?
I didn’t come up with the idea, but I like it in theory. The “evil dum-dum bullet” argument does get used by prosecutors and plaintiffs’ lawyers alike, whether out of deception or cluelessness.