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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by ldmtulsa, Oct 10, 2010.


  1. ldmtulsa

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    Need some personal defense ammo recommendations from the experts.

    S/W 38 Chief Special snub nose
    Dan Wesson 357 mag snub nose
    Glock 36
     

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  2. ross2004

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    Mark it zero!

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    From research I've done on .38 SPL, it seems that the short barrel version of Gold Dots are the most popular. Can't help you on the others.
     

  3. MURRAY

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    I would load DPX for all three or ranger talon or SPGD
     
  4. BurkGlocker

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    38 Special: Gold Dot Short Barrel or Winchester PDX1
    357 Mag: Its a .357, ANYTHING WOULD WORK! :tongueout:
    .45 ACP: Winchester Ranger T-Series and if you can find them, Federal HST

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  5. hotpig

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    Ranger 45 ammo is easier to find than the 45 HST. I have so much of the Ranger in stock that I have been tripping over it.
     
  6. CanyonMan

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    Glock 36..... :supergrin:



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  7. BurkGlocker

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    Yeah, hotpig, I missed a comma, it shouldve read Winchester Ranger T-Series, and if you can find them, Federal HST. Hopefully soon I can take some of the Ranger off your hands in quantity.

    Burk
     
  8. Erich1B

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    I load my S&W 642 with Hornady 158gr. JHP XTP.
     
  9. JBP55

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    Gold Dot, HST, Ranger T.
     
  10. Deputydave

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    .38 and/or .357 - The SB Gold Dot ammo has really received some excellent reviews in both of these calibers. Win PDX1 would also be a consideration. I spoke with one of their techs a couple of weeks ago about the function in a snubby. He stated that within 20 yards it would work great because, even with the velocity loss (about 100fps going from 4 to 2 inch barrel) it would still be within the window it was designed to expand at. The PDX1 is rated at 950fps out of a 4 inch test barrel, so approx. 850fps is really about the same as the GDSB ammo.

    .45 - Again, GDSB or the PDX1 stuff should be fine. Either gives you enough weight to be able to penetrate to vitals with reliabel expansion.
     
  11. Glolt20-91

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    Hornady's 125gr FTX is a comfortable shoot out of a snub nose and it doesn't clog up going through thick outer clothing.

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    Bob :cowboy:
     
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  12. Boxerglocker

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    I carry whatever the local LEO's carry, currently 200g GDHP in .45, 124g +P HST or 147g GDHP in 9mm.
     
  13. Patrick Murphy

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    For my .38 Smith snub-nose, I use CorBon Pow'R Ball.
     
  14. Jim S.

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    My 36 loves the Corbon 185g +P DPX.
    It told me so.
     
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