Your choice for Personal Defense bullet

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by LittlestoneAmmo, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. LittlestoneAmmo

    LittlestoneAmmo New Member

    16
    Oct 26, 2011
    I really wanted to start a poll and get folks to vote on their choice for a general, all around personal defense bullet from a handgun, but the polls have a max limit of 4 choices and there's obviously way more to choose from then that, sooooo, I'm going to just pose the question: What is your choice for a general purpose handgun defense bullet, regardless of who is loading it. This is about the bullet itself rather than the ammunition manufacturer. And we're talking about general, all around use, not special purpose applications. If you want to elaborate as to why your bullet is your choice, that would be great. Thanks much!
     
  2. Texxut

    Texxut Member

    325
    Feb 1, 2009
    Utah
    How about these 4 :
    Jacketed Hollow point
    FMJ
    Lead Round nose
    Lead Semi Wadcutter
     

  3. dad2thebone

    dad2thebone New Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    FMJ Is my choice first then hollow points. in 45
     
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  4. Airdale

    Airdale Active Member

    984
    Mar 31, 2009
    N.W. Arkansas
    I use Hornady XTPs (JHPs), in 9MM. Weight depends on barrel length. For my sub compacts 124 grn., full size 147 grn.
     
  5. terryu1

    terryu1 Armed Infidel

    Oct 16, 2009
    NE Pennsylvania
    Cor-Bon DPX .40 S&W 140 Grain Barnes XPB Hollow Point
     
  6. dbennett48

    dbennett48 New Member

    73
    Feb 4, 2010
    Ukiah, California
    Hornady 115 gr FTX.
     
  7. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    2 in the head of the bad guy ... any calibre or flavour two in the head will do from 99.99% of em

    if this means .40 or 45 or FMJ or hppj putting them where you want them will do more than a brand or type

    i vote for whatever you can use effectively
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
  8. dbach

    dbach Member

    243
    Jul 31, 2011
    Trinity, TX
    Berry's .40S&W 180 grain Hollow Point. I don't want to shoot anyone, but if I do, I don't want to chase him/her around to shoot them again.
     
  9. reynolds357

    reynolds357 Former Guest

    707
    Oct 24, 2011
    Georgia
    My choice would be high density.
     
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    My favorite SD bullet is whatever I can get to first. If the weapon I grab is loaded with 230 gr ball I certainly aint gonna complain.. Imma shoot!

    But, my preffered SD bullet based on my testing is hands down the .45 cal 185 gr Remington Goldensaber. Actually any of the Goldensabers as they all expand easily and fully, but I like the velocity of the 185s. Makes for an uglier impact cavity for the coroner to pick thru when examining the bad guy..
     
  11. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
  12. zant

    zant Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    S.Al
    Gold Dots at 950fps-.45......my fav 1911 shoots them like poop through a goose:)
     
  13. vytoland

    vytoland New Member

    617
    Oct 14, 2008
    Illinois
    148gr hard cast DEWC @ 825 fps. coming out of a S&W .38 special revovler.
     
  14. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    FMJ first? I'd much rather use a hard cast or HP first for self defense. Not trying to get your feathers up; but there is a ton of data out there that FMJ is NOT the best decision for PD when there are other options available.

    .327 Federal - loaded up with Hydra-shoks and speed loaders are filled with FN Hardcast.

    357 - Nothing but DEWC; nasty nasty nasty.

    45 - 200 and 230 gn XTP's I haven't decided which is better, but I know they'll both do the job. First two mags are XTP's, the next two are 200gn Hardcast.
     
  15. DidI

    DidI New Member

    61
    Nov 2, 2011
    Central Texas
    I know you said "hand gun".... with a bit of liberal application. My hand fits around my short barreled 12 gauge real well, and favorite fix'ns are high base #4 in chamber, and magazine full of double 0 buck.
    "Don't use lights and sirens to respond please, and bring multiple body bags and some mops" would be correct response.
    Friend sez: "better to tried by 12 than carried by 6"
    Bought that low cost 12 gauge the morning of my car being torched - short story . .neighbor felt he was the target, but the bad guy got confused by driveway situation and my car got lit up. Bought the gun, and installed yard lights, and have had no opportunity to use the 12 gauge.
     
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