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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by unit1069, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. unit1069

    unit1069

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    I have a good supply of premium JHP self-defense ammo in bonded and non-bonded varieties.

    Now that cold weather is approaching I'm inclined to favor the bonded variety.

    My question is about clothing and not hard barrier penetration. Is a bonded bullet more likely to reliably overcome and expand in soft barriers (clothing) than the non-bonded variety?
     
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  2. M 7

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    It seems so.

    Seems like many of the more "recent" (typically less than ten years old) designs like the HST, PDX1, Ranger Bonded, Gold Dot, etc) are bonded JHPs- being more recent these should be more resistant to clogging. Since the FBI test protocols and the IWBA four layer denim seem to do a decent job of "separating the wheat from the chaff", I'd go with a bullet (bonded or unbonded) that passes those tests and load up with that.
     
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  3. attrapereves

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    Honestly, I don't think clothing makes that much of a difference, even the thickest of coats. Pick a good JHP from any of the major ammo manufacturers, and you should be good to go.
     
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  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Bonding will help it stay together, but I doubt if it has any real effect in initiating expansion. More a function of bullet design, speed / lead alloy composition.
     
  5. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    I am concerned about the layers of winter clothing clogging up my 9mm 115gr +p+ JHP bullets. I am thinking about carrying a .45 M1911A1 in the winter here in VT.