Another blog (referring to some forum discussion) brought up the choice of carrying some sort of jacketed hollow point (JHP) in your self defense conceal-carry semi-auto handgun, or selecting the feeding reliability of full metal jacketed rounds (FMJ).
Here is a picture to compare the two:
I shoot mostly FMJ rounds because they are cheaper. But sometimes the blasting ammo available is some form of jacketed hollow points and is as cheap as 'ball' ammo. They aren't price-premium variety like Federal Hydro-Shok, but they are hollow points. So I've shot hundreds of JHP rounds and thousands of FMJ rounds.
I've never had a feed problem with JHP that wasn't definitely attributed to the shooter. I did have one freakish eject stoppage malf that somehow jammed the spent casing in halfway out of the breech. That was with the .40, with FMJ.
I've never had the JHP rounds jam in feeding the Colt Pockethammerless, the Sig P229, or the 1911, because it was a hollow point round. One old gun, one modern gun, one old style but revamped modern feed ramp that differs from the old design. (I've even shot a wierd kind of truncated cone round in the 1911... no problems)
Perhaps 500 rounds or so is not a sufficiently large data set to get a good statistic.
Note I am not testing hollow points from the 70's or before. Every Jacketed Hollow Point round I've fired has been new factory manufacture. I understand that finding a box of older hollow point ammo might be a totally different, and perhaps frustrating, experience.
How often are your practice JHP rounds failing to feed in YOUR carry semi-auto?
Presuming identical failure rates ans eight between JHP and FMJ, is there any reason to carry FMJ for civilian CCW self-defense?
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