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    What do you prefer? Do you buy into the hype of the million $$ super rounds? Do you just use plan hardball ammo?

    What is your flavor?

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    I use Winchester Ranger SXT® .40S&W 165gr HP (P/N: RA40TA).

    Mainly because of how they worked here: http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot10.htm
    You can check out some other HP's here: http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot13.htm

    That website is my favorite for "unofficial" ammo testing. It's really my go-to for real-world "not done in perfect lab settings" information. I'd suggest taking the time to browse through the whole site, lots of great articles and neat pictures!:celebrate

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    I love that site! I get on there a few times a week just to see what is new. I am seriously thinking about buying a little 38+p just for how I saw it perform with some Speer Gold dot. I found a few more reasons to buy one besides that...for some reason I just havent though.

    I cant ask without sharing...not fair.

    lets see. Speer Gold dot, Hornady TAP, Extreme shock Fangface, Hydrashock and some Tauras full copper hollowpoints(cant think of the name). I think that is it. I like to keep my options open...

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    I honestly use CCI Blazer in my .45 since I don't reload and it gives good accuracy; oh yeah, and it's cheap too!

    For my .22 I use either CCI mini-mag hp, or Remington high-velocity....both hollow point...cause if I have to use a .22, I need all the help I can get....

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    I carry Federal HST +p's in both my Glock 19 and 26. I figure ifI need something to save my/ my families livesI can spend a few extra bucks. I keep telling my wife "you cant put a price on self protection" It works ok for a few boxes of ammo, butI havent got it to work for more guns yet.

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    I have used CCI as well for my .22

    you are right, its nice AND its cheap

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    USN_MA1 wrote:
    What do you prefer? Do you buy into the hype of the million $$ super rounds? Do you just use plan hardball ammo?

    What is your flavor?

    I don't really buy the hype.

    The purpose of the ammunition is to punch a hole, and preferably 2 holes. (One in and one out)

    Statistically, in a gun fight, 8 out of 10 shots miss the intended target. to me this means that these missed shots are a lot more deadly than one that passes through the bad guy, so I really don't worry about "Over-penetration"

    Depending on what I am wearing and what time of year it is I either carry a 1911 A1 .45 or a .357 magnum Snubby.

    I have JHP's in both guns, but I buy what I can get reasonably.If they expand, GREAT, but if they don't I have enough power to do the job. Right now I have Winchester 230 grain JHP's in the .45 and Blazer Brass 158 grain JHP's the the .357.

    When I go camping I take the .357 with 158 grain FMJ for bears :whatNot to hunt them, just as protection if needed)

    I shoot what I practice with and what I can afford. (I have no desire to re-load)

    To each his own.




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    I use hydra-shok in my 9 and .38.
    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."

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    .357sig Double-Tap 147gr Gold-Dots. Pretty reasonable @ $25 per 50rd. Loaded hotter than all of the big-names, with some of the best projectiles on the market.

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    Have any of you tested your ammo? I dont mean on a person of course, but in any target practicing..shooting anything that would allow you to see what the bullet can really do?

    I know that box-o-truth is a good site to get an idea, but that havent done it all, know what I mean?

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    www.brassfetcher.com is a neat resource.

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    Haven't done any testing of my own, but I'd sure like to. I don't know how to get to any open-pit areas that are legal to shoot at. I've been to one out past Mt. Vernon, but can't recall how to get there.

    Oh, forgot to mention, I got a case of the Winchester Ranger ammo (500rds) for $175, shipped... that's $17.50 / 50rd box.
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    molonlabetn wrote:
    http://www.brassfetcher.com is a neat resource.
    that is pretty cool, nice add.

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    I have been saving milk jugs for a few months now and almost have enough to build my own box o truth. I will be testing very soon.

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    Wally World special .45ACP CCI Brass FMJ 230gr Ball for targets, Gold Dots or CORBON +P JHP's for carrying/home defense/zombies.

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    Good call BobCav, I was thinking that the original question was just about defense ammo, but they asked in general....

    Well, for target practice/plinking, I get a Wally World Winchester Whitebox 100rd .40S&W Value Pack for just under $23.
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    I often feed Blazer Brass from Wal-Mart through my .45 for plinking, thogh when I was able to get HSM hollowpoints for as cheap as the FMJ, I was using those for both plinking and carry (they expanded nicely in my tests. I think they were a misprinted price, though--$14 for 50)...the shop I got them from quit carrying the hollowpoints.

    I'll probably go back to Speer or Federal for my carry ammo, especially in my new .40 (Steyr M40). I'll just have to put a few dollars more into getting used to the ammo.

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    Drewesque wrote:
    I often feed Blazer Brass from Wal-Mart through my .45 for plinking, thogh when I was able to get HSM hollowpoints for as cheap as the FMJ, I was using those for both plinking and carry (they expanded nicely in my tests. I think they were a misprinted price, though--$14 for 50)...the shop I got them from quit carrying the hollowpoints.

    I'll probably go back to Speer or Federal for my carry ammo, especially in my new .40 (Steyr M40). I'll just have to put a few dollars more into getting used to the ammo.
    I also use Blazer brass for my 9mm from walmrt, 7.47 a box, can't be that. FMJ, some people scorn for that, but it is great range ammo, never a misfire through my sigma.

    I also would like to metion here that I have never had a problem obtaining ammo at walmart while oc'ing. (Schererville, IN)

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    USN_MA1 wrote:
    Have any of you tested your ammo? I dont mean on a person of course, but in any target practicing..shooting anything that would allow you to see what the bullet can really do?

    I know that box-o-truth is a good site to get an idea, but that havent done it all, know what I mean?
    I always test anything I carry before it goes out the door with me. I like to fire at least200 rounds so I can get a feel for the round. I have never done any ballistic testing, for that I rely on independant testing.
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    joeroket wrote:
    I always test anything I carry before it goes out the door with me. I like to fire at least200 rounds so I can get a feel for the round. I have never done any ballistic testing, for that I rely on independant testing.
    I hope you don't shop for ammo at WalMart!! lol..

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    BobCav wrote:
    joeroket wrote:
    I always test anything I carry before it goes out the door with me. I like to fire at least200 rounds so I can get a feel for the round. I have never done any ballistic testing, for that I rely on independant testing.
    I hope you don't shop for ammo at WalMart!! lol..
    that was a good laugh.

    Hijacking my own thread, anyone here hunt or "recreationally" shoot?

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    I shoot Wally World WWB .45 in both my Rock Islands for target practice. I carry Remington 185 gr. JHPs. After about 1000 rounds of hardball, both the M1911 GI and the Compact will even work with those nasty reloads at the range.

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    I use Federal Hydrashok 165. Have yet to actually shoot any of it off cause it's just too damn expensive for a box of 20. But I was told it is well at what it does. For practice I use Winchester 100 box from Wal-Mart. $18.77! woohoo!

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    G27 wrote:
    I use Federal Hydrashok 165. Have yet to actually shoot any of it off cause it's just too damn expensive for a box of 20. But I was told it is well at what it does. For practice I use Winchester 100 box from Wal-Mart. $18.77! woohoo!
    You should try a couple rounds of the Federal, just to get a feel for it. You also might want to see about some homemade ballistics tests. I accidentally picked up some 165s for a .45 with a 4 inch barrel...they're made for the shorter barrels, and kind of explode when fired out of a longer barrel...ymmv, of course, but I found that they didn't get good penetration and shredded on impact, leaving little bits of shrapnel in the one bottle they penetrated. The 230 grain Federals are fantastic, though.

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