A few months ago, I followed a link to some ballistic testing on Lucky Gunner's website. They've done a lot of great work, not just on testing a bunch of ammunition, but on presenting a lot of information in a format that's easy to grasp.
|This is lifted from the Lucky Gunner website, and they deserve all the credit.|
It looks much better in full size. I'm absolutely going to link to it, but not until the end of the post, because if I put it here, you'll wander off down that rabbit hole, and I won't see you again for days.
I remembered that page when I was getting ready to stock up on bullets. Yes, bullets — not ammo. I started reloading late last year, and I used all of my bullets. I was going to find a bunch of 115gr. bullets because I carry...wait a minute! There were a lot of good ammo on those tables, but I didn't look at any that weren't 115gr. because it would be harder to find practice ammo of the same weight. But if I'm going to load the ammo myself, and if I can order whichever weight of bullet I want, that opens up a lot of options for me. Instead of choosing defense ammo based on whether I can find practice ammo that will shoot the same, I can choose the defense ammo first, and then build practice ammo to match it!
So now I'm shopping for single boxes of a few loads I like based on consistency, penetration and expansion. When I find one I like, I'll get bullets in the same grain and find a "recipe" that will drive them at the same speed from my gun. I guess I'm going to have to get that chronograph sooner than I had planned.
So here's that link I promised you. If you've never been there, go, have fun, and you're welcome!