Originally Posted by Frogtop
Not to sidetrack the thread too much but the issue is more of civil liability than reliability. "You shot my baby boy with them high powered holler points exploding bullits that you made up rather than having a factory load like the cops use". Don't be confused by facts, juries are frequently lead by their emotions with the guidance of a smooth talking attorney trying to own everything that you do. This is after you have been cleared of criminal charges.
Yup. There's been a lot of different discussions about this in the past. It would be a good subject to search up in the Self-Defense forum as to the pros & cons of using handloads for SD use.
As for the Bersa Thunder... The half-dozen that I've shot have been reliable with pretty much any of the modern factory hollow-point loads.
My own Thunder really likes the 95gr LRN plinking/bunny load that I brewed up for my .380 Mak as well.
It is a very good little pistol, especiallu fopr the pricetag, but there are quite a few 9x19s in a similar size range that are cheaper to feed. But that's a whole nuther discussion too.