heavier or lighter???

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  1. htxred

    htxred Active Member

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    so when it comes to self defense ammo, what do you prefer? heavier? lighter? +P??? +P+ ??

    i carry winchester ranger 115gr JHP +P+. i like the lighter weight since it screams through the air rather quickly. i think its somehwere around 1335fps or around that. i've heard argument of heavier 147gr for a better knock down power or some shit. never really understood it though. i mean i understand the concept but i never understood sacrificing speed for "power"
     


  2. phatcyclist

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    Knockdown power is a farce. No gun you can carry has knockdown power. Penetration is really more important for a defense weapon.
     
  3. Texas1911

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    Anything between 9mm and 10mm works about the same provided you have good shot placement. Below that, you start to get into issues with shallow penetration if you don't get perfect hits.

    People can argue all day and night about calibers and performance, but really it just comes down to shot placement. You could shoot someone with a 12# cannon firing depleted uranium solid shot and if it hits them in the hand they are still going to be able to kill you.
     
  4. htxred

    htxred Active Member

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    so.. what do you prefer and why. lol
     
  5. machinisttx

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    I carry a .357 magnum loaded with Remington 125 grain SJHP Magnum ammo. The cartridge and ammo choice have been proven to work by no small number of police agencies over the last....50 years or so.
     
  6. juwaba98

    juwaba98 Well-Known

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    Well placed shots.......... j/k I use Cor-Bon 185gr +P JHP in the sig and Cor-Bon 115gr +P JHP in the XD9 because they had the best performance in my guns IMO. Fast, accurate, and look like they would be damn painful. Pretty sure I'd think that if I was shot by a .22lr though.
     
  7. htxred

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    i been wanting to try some cor-bons but they are quite pricy.
     
  8. Texas1911

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    Federal Air Marshals and the Secret Service are two organizations that rely on immediate take downs, and have large budgets regarding firearm choice. They chose the .357 Sig cartridge, and I just so happen to like it as well.

    Good enough for the President, good enough for me.

    When you look at it the only downside is cost, and frankly are you going to trust your life to a lesser 9mm over $10?
     
  9. juwaba98

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    Are they? I didn't notice. I was merely buying every different type I could find in the gun shop to try out. I'll admit the outing was expensive but I never compared the individual costs line by line.

    Texas1911 said " When you look at it the only downside is cost, and frankly are you going to trust your life to a lesser 9mm over $10?"

    Those were my sentiments when searching for my SD ammo. The fact that both pistols liked the Cor-Bons was coincidence, I shot many different ones including the different weights within the brands. My play ammo on the other hand, if it'll feed it I'm gonna shoot it!:banger:
     
  10. phatcyclist

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    I do, but I shoot tons so that $10 a box adds up quite quickly. Heck, I carry a .32 ACP with me because the 9mm is too big, the .45 is too heavy, and the .22 is a .22.
     

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