What do you folks load in your carry guns? I like Federal Hydrashocks.
In the pieces that I rely upon to protect my life as well as the life of others, I have rather extensively, over a bunch of years determined the loads that work best and are most reliable for and in the guns that I choose to carry. Anybody who says they use the cheapest stuff they can find, to save money, doesn't place much value on their own life, IMO. This is what I have found works best in the pieces that I routinely carry, every piece is a bit different, you should determine what works best in YOUR chosen SD firearm:
a Steyr M-40 .40 S&W - Fiocci 140 gr. JHP - screamers (1320 fps)
a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 SPL - Triton Quick-Shok 240 gr. - also screamers (1050 fps)
a Charter Arms Police Bulldog Undercover 6 shot .38SPL - Federal hydrashock 110 gr
a Kel-Tec P3AT - summer: MagSafe 65 gr. Defenders; winter: Fiocci 95 gr. FMJ
Taurus M450Ti .45 Colt - 220 gr Winchester Silver tips or Hornady 255 gr XTP
EAA Witness in .45 ACP - CorBon "Flying Ashtrays" 200 gr. JHP (~1000 fps) , this is mostly my Home Defense/Night stand drawer combo.
A NOTE on AMMO choices:
Fiocci ammo is generally loaded right at the upper end of the SAAMI scales for most of the SD type ammo with correspondingly high muzzle velocities - and with a nicely rounded ogive - it all feeds reliably - and the price is somewhat lower - AND - it opens up nicely.
I think Fiocci ammo is grossly underrated!!! Just my humble opinion.
Coach, were you allowed to carry HPs when you were an active police officer, or did they tie your hands then, also?I'm limited by law NJ to use bullets that are not designed to expand upon impact. FMJ's, and all purpose lead bullets are the excepted norm in this unfair, unfortunate situation. For home defense I can use hollow points/expanding bullests , but not for carrying. It's a glitch in the law and I don't want to be the first test case.