Bill, first off, discard the Hydra Shoks, Gold Dots, TAPs and the like from your list. Those are "serious," expanding rounds intended for self-defense and will always be expensive. It is always wise to put a few of the premium rounds through your carry piece to make sure they function reliably. Buy those for your carry gun, but for practice stick with the FMJs and TMJs. For what it might be worth to you, I have had extremely good luck with the Magtech rounds. They are loaded in Brazil and I've fired hundreds of them through my pistols in various calibers. I've never had one fail, nor do they produce excessive powder residue. Very good "bang" for the buck.