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Old May 26, 2009, 10:40 AM   #1
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Self Defense Ammo

I just recently bought myself a glock 23 to carry and i was looking for a good personal protection ammo to use for it but there is so many out there i was just wondering if anyone would recommend a certain kind? Thanks
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Old May 26, 2009, 11:37 AM   #2
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180grain Federal HST,180 or 165 grain Winchester Ranger T or 180grain Speer Gold Dot.
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Old May 26, 2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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If you get 5 answers, you'll have 5 different suggestions. Check the ballistics reports on some top brands - Corbon, Winchester, Speer, Hornady, etc. When you find a round with the characteristics you like, get a box and see how your gun and you like it. Does it feed and eject reliably? Does it shoot to POA and are YOU accurate with it in YOUR weapon? If the answer to all is "yes", then go with it.

Personally, my favorites are:

.40 S&W - Corbon DPX,
140 gr.
1200 fps
448 ft.lbs

9mm - Corbon DPX +p
115 gr.
1250 fps
399 ft/lbs

.380 ACP - Corbon DPX
80 gr.
1050 fps
196 ft/lbs

.38 spcl. - Hornady Critical Defense +p
110 gr.
1270 fps
394 ft/lbs

My wife likes:

.32 ACP - Fiocchi XTP
60 gr.
133 ft/lbs

I'm always open to other suggestions with ballistics specs.

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Old May 26, 2009, 12:25 PM   #4
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While it's expensive, buy a few boxes of what you read works well and test them in your gun. Make sure they feed ok and shoot to point of aim. Ammo performs different in different guns.
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Old May 26, 2009, 12:54 PM   #5
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well I had a hydra shock 9mm that went through a wall, standard house wall and ended up on the floor perfectly intact. Also had a a speer gold dot 9mm +p through a seat in a car, and hit a peal pan in the back seat land on the floor and it was mangled if that means anything
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Old May 26, 2009, 03:57 PM   #6
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When I carried my G22 I used Black Talons, just liked the feed profile of the BTs. So, if I had my way it would probably be Winchester Rangers or maybe the new PDX stuff.

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Old May 26, 2009, 06:41 PM   #7
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There are several good JHPs made for the .40 S&W. Weights from 135 to 180 grains. As others have posted:

Corbon DPX, Federal HST, Winchester Ranger T & Silvertips, Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Sabers, and others.

I personaly use Winchester Ranger 155 gr. JHPs, but there are so many!

And of the above will do fine. Just get a AACK .22 unit for your 23 so you can shot alot.

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Old May 26, 2009, 06:42 PM   #8
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What ever you can find
I use golden saber,HST and critical defence
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Old May 26, 2009, 08:40 PM   #9
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I think its important to find out what your gun shoots well/ accurately. With the shortages today, whatever you can find that your gun likes. My P99 likes Speer Gold dots, and I bought alot of them before the ammo crisis hit.
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Old May 26, 2009, 09:39 PM   #10
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I have a glock 22 .40 cal i use either the 180 gr winchester ranger t series or federal 180 gr hst with no problem.
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being able to hit your target in a vital spot, while under stress, is much more important than what you shoot the target with.

I would guess that whatever is A: the most reliable in your gun, and B: the most accurate in your gun, would be the correct choice.

You might have to try several different brands, bullet weights and designs to find that 'best choice' item.
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In .40 I like the hornady TAP rounds.
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Old May 28, 2009, 05:44 PM   #13
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i personally carry and like the Federal HST. i like what i saw whern looking at reviews and its is very accurate inmy carry gun (XD .45). what ever you select, buy a few boxes and do some tests. the best ammo in the world wont do you any good if it jams in ur gun....
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Ammo choice

I go with Federal hydrashok .40 SW 135 grain 1190 fps reduced recoil load... packs a wallop and allows you a quick follow up... also accurate when practicing double taps. just make sure you can put at least 2 quickly into the vital zones and the ammo because less important
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Old June 5, 2009, 07:54 PM   #15
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I go with Federal hydrashok .40 SW 135 grain
The hydra shok is a well out dated bullet, especially in the 135 grain. Look at the Federal HST in a heavier round like the 180 grain.
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Best bullet:

Speer Gold Dot, Ranger "T" Series and Federal Hydra-Shok bullets are hard to beat.
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Old June 6, 2009, 02:45 PM   #17
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Self Defense Ammo

Used to carry Federal Hydro's, now all have Cor-Bon DPX. All is 9MM, 40S&W and .45ACP. More than one gun in each caliber.
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