My carry load (opinions)

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by rmeron, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. Ursus

    Ursus New Member

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    Agree. In my Chief's Special I carry 110 grain Personal Defense Hydra Shoks.
  2. Not a bad round, Bear, but I've read some reports which say that the 110 Hyra Shok has a tendency to underpenetrate and fragment rather badly if the hit is not dead on the center of mass. It does seem reasonable though, that if a 115 grain slug generally works very well out of a 9mm with a 3.5 to 4 inch barrel, a slightly lighter bullet would work very well out of the shorter 2 inch barrel of a .38 snubbie.
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    I think any load in any caliber would work better if dead on the center of mass. So PRACTICE, PRACTICE....
  4. True, Bear, but unfortunately that sort of hit may not always be possible in a real world confrontation. I read somewhere that the 110 grain Federal was designed, in part, to be a relatively low-recoiling round specifically for civilian personal defense, and that some effectiveness was sacrificed to achieve that goal, mostly in terms of penetration. I don't know if that is really true or not, but I do know some local police officers who won't use it in their back-up .38 snubbies. These guys prefer either the old "Chicago" load of a 148 grain lead semi-wadcutter hollow point at +P pressures, or one of the newer commercial jacketed hollow point +P loads like the Speer 135 grain Gold Dot. Personally, I like the Speer loading and that is what I carry in my snubbies.
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    From a mod. 36 low recoil is what I was looking for. I think COMPROMISE is the key word. (I would rather carry 125 gr. Nyclads but I haven't find them here).
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