Your choice for Personal Defense bullet

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

  1. LittlestoneAmmo

    LittlestoneAmmo New Member

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    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

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    How about these 4 :
    Jacketed Hollow point
    FMJ
    Lead Round nose
    Lead Semi Wadcutter
  3. dad2thebone

    dad2thebone New Member

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    FMJ Is my choice first then hollow points. in 45
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  4. Airdale

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    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 Supporting Member

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    Cor-Bon DPX .40 S&W 140 Grain Barnes XPB Hollow Point
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    dbennett48 New Member

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    Hornady 115 gr FTX.
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    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
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  8. dbach

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    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

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    My choice would be high density.
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    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

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    Speer GDHP
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    Gold Dots at 950fps-.45......my fav 1911 shoots them like poop through a goose:)
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    148gr hard cast DEWC @ 825 fps. coming out of a S&W .38 special revovler.
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    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

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    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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    And pray you never do. But remain prepared to do so without hesitation. I have killed many living things, no humans yet, but I pray ill never have to. But will if I need to.
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    There's data and then there's data. Because of .45 ACP's velocity penetration is an issue, and penetration to vital organs is the number one factor in stopping power; even more of a factor then temporary or permanent cavitation. Regardless of advances in HP design I'm not sure that many of them can match FMJ penetration. I'm not saying HP's are a bad choice, I just wouldn't rule out .45 FMJ as a good one also.
    Penetration isn't as much of an issue in magnum loads so HP's are a better choice. JMO.
  18. carver

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    I like any bullet that is big, and fast. My favorite is the: Speer Gold Dot .45 ACP 230 gr JHP 890fps. This bullet will get 12-13" of penetration, any more and you are running the risk of over penetration.
    Second choice is just as good the Remington Golden Saber .230gr. 870fps
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frFfF-hWpxk&feature=relmfu
  19. Caneman

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    carver, if you don't mind what powder/load are you using for GDHP .45 ACP?
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    I don't reload my carry ammo, I buy it new, off the shelf. I do reload for my pistols, and I use the Hornady XTP in 230gr for .45APC, loaded over 5grs. of AA#2, for around 800fps, and the .44's get a 240gr XTP over 6.5grs of AA#5, for around 730fps. These loads are for hunting, but if I need to use them in the home, they will work just fine.
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