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+P and +P+ thoughts?


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I just wondering what all the rest of you here think.

 

I shoot only good quality standard pressure ammo. For my High Powers it is mostly Speer 124 grain stuff. Sometimes I use their 147 grain for a somewhat softer experience, which is also quite nice in my tiny Sig P938. I have never found a reason to shoot over pressure ammo, seeing no tactical advantage and an increased cost. Plus the extra flinch factor.

 

While I do not expect to settle this once and for all, and I am unlikely to be swayed, I am interested in what you, my esteemed IC colleagues, have to say on the subject.

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Back in the day we (DOE) carried +P+ 110 grain 38 specials in our Model 686 357 magnum revolvers. Rumors were "they didn't want us having magnums". The shock wave and muzzle blast was outrageous, especially on the indoor range. The 125 grain 357 load which was the one most recommended at that time was a lot easier to handle.

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Absolutely yes, in my carry revolvers. Generally I carry Winchester PDX1 .38 Special +P in my SP101 or 637 Airweight, though sometimes the Airweight gets 110 grain +P Critical Defense loads. If outdoors in areas with large critters, Buffalo Bore .38 Outdoorsman loads in my SP101.

 

I've never bothered searching out +P loads for autoloaders; my number one priority with semiautos is reliability.

 

Max

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Just MY personal and honest opinion - IF it makes you 'feel better', carry +P or +P+ or ++PP++ or just any hollow point, in truth any ammo that reliably goes 'bang' will serve you quite well in the EXTREMELY remote possibility that you would ever need to use your carry handgun in an actual self-defense scenario.

 

Also just MY personal opinion - shot placement FAR outweighs any ammo choice, including the power or caliber of said ammo. A well placed .22LR bullet creates a much greater terminal effect than a miss from a 50 BMG.

 

YOU only gotta keep YOU happy. What I choose to use keeps ME happy, and that suffices.

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I only use standard pressure 124 or 147 grain ammo (HST and Gold dots). Looking at most test results, seems like a negligible difference between standard pressure and +p for expansion and penetration. I prefer less recoil for faster follow up shots. As some have said, shot placement is more important than anything else.

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