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best choices for self defense ammo

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by The Dude, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. The Dude

    The Dude The 206, WA Member

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  2. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good stuff. It will take awhile, for a change, to read and digest. Thanks!
     
  3. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    I use 3 of the recommended loads: Speer Gold Dot 135gr +P in my S&W 638, Hornady TAP 75 Gr. T2 in 5.56 in the Colt LE 6920, and Federal 230 gr. HST in .45.

    Now if I could only be attacked by blocks of gelatin wrapped in denim I'll be all set. (just joking, very good article and good post.)

    Additional reading for 5.56 ammo fans:
    Here is a good thread about the TAP 5.56 some of which was quoted in the first piece

    Dr Gary Roberts article for the real nuts...
     
  4. The Dude

    The Dude The 206, WA Member

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    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Now THAT was funny, nicely done.


    Really funny!
     
  6. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Kent?? I thought they all lived in Bonney Lake?? Wait, those are the flannel-wrapped gelatin. :laugh:
     
  7. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    The best laugh I've had in weeks.
     
  8. mobil1

    mobil1 Northwest Active Member

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    I use Winchester Black Talons, which should be nearly identical to the Ranger SXT. As for why Im still using black talons, its because my father was law enforcement and had a bunch stock piled for training back when he carried a 9mm. It was short lived, and they soon switched to .40 S&W. So of course when I discovered this munition depo in his garage, I pounced on the oppurtunity :D

    I really like all the Winchester Ranger SXT ammo, and have no reason to switch to Speer Gold dots, which would be my only second choice. I used to carry federal hydra shocks in the beginning when I was ill informed, but after reading test after test of multiple rounds failing to expand or fragmenting, I just couldnt carry it anymore.
     
  9. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'll be carrying HST in my 9mm and .45 when I get some money :)
     
  10. borrowedsig

    borrowedsig Lincoln, Nebraska Active Member

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    i carry gold dots in both my revolvers, unfortunately they are they smaller 125 grain +p's. Although im not that concerned about it. I understand preparing for the worst and such but honestly a small percentage of a chance that they wont expand doesnt concern me that much. If one out of 5 rounds doesnt expand and he is still coming then i have more to worry about than why i didnt buy a slightly heavier bullet. Very informative article though thank you. I have read most of this already and done alot of research about bullets and wound tracts and how each round compares to others because i find it interesting.


    Matt