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For .45'er's out there; Normal carry = FMJ, HP's or Other?

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How many use hardball FMJ's as your normal carry round and how many use Hollowpoint or other?
 

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I use federal 230 +P HST,but have ranger talon 230 just in case I run out of the federal
 

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Well it looks like I am the first one to list OTHER. I carry Glasser Safety Slugs.
 

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Normally JHP BUT, since I am carrying a vintage old slabsides today...I have it stoked with "mil ball" since the barrel is original and is not throated.
 

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Cor-Bon 165 grain Pow-R-Balls......
 

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I did buy a box of Federal EFMJ but haven't tried them yet.
 

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Why do you ask?

Everything I've read says hollowpoints are the only way to go.
 

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Hollowpoint, because I care enough to send the very best.:smile:
 

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Federal 230s, BUT...if I lived up North, during the winter, I would switch to FMJ for penetration...
 

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I believe that the ONLY legit reason to carry FMJ rounds in your carry pistol is because your pistol will not reliably feed JHP rounds. Some may claim they want greater penetration with an FMJ -- but, studies show that FMJs will go through your target and continue onward toward perhaps a second target.

If I had a pistol that would not reliably feed JHPs, then I would not use that pistol as a carry piece.
 

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FMJ. If it's good enough for Clint Smith, it's good enough for me. I must be reading stuff that Nova isn't, because what I've read says .45 doesn't go fast enough (especially out of a short barrel) to make a HP expand.
 

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Typically carry 230gr. JHP's. Would not hesitate to carry FMJ in my 1911. The only FMJ round approved by my old LE department was 45acp. All other calibers req'd the use of JHP's. Sometimes my extra mag is loaded with FMJ.
 

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Well, here in Jersey you're not even allowed to own hollow points.
That keeps things pretty simple.
 

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FMJ. If it's good enough for Clint Smith, it's good enough for me. I must be reading stuff that Nova isn't, because what I've read says .45 doesn't go fast enough (especially out of a short barrel) to make a HP expand.
I'm willing to bet you've read this article before...

"In .45 caliber, the matured Federal Hydra-Shok design is something of a gold standard, and the Winchester SXT, Remington Golden Saber, and CCI Gold Dot also have delivered impressive performance in the field. These bullets reliably open up and get the job done. In .45 Auto, the 230-grain bullet at some 880 foot seconds has become standard in police work."

Choose your ammo...police style by Massad Ayoob Issue #93
 

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Speer Gold Dot 230 grainers or Winchester Rangers in the same weight. FMJ's offer way too much penetration and are a big time danger as they will penetrate a human and take out the next one behind them. Been many a cop killed or seriously injured by their fellow officers FMJ's going through the bad guy and hittting them.

Saw with my own eyes a 115 gr. WWB 9mm penetrate a whole house which included 4 walls, 2 hollow doors, a door jam and exit out the garage wall.
 

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230gr GoldDot but I've carried FMJ a quite a few times after shooting out of carry ammo. FMJ is fine, after finish up the GD's I have now FMJ will get the duty... ammo price are ridiculous.
 

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Currently 230 gr Golden Sabers, until my new supply of Fed HST comes off backorder.....

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