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      presonal protection ammo ?

      I have an 8 year old Taurus PT92 that I use for plinking and personal protection, I have fired maybe 1000 rounds of FMJ and 100 rounds of SJHP thru it and have never had a jam. I always keep it loaded with FMJ so as not to worry about a jam. My thinking is I would rather have to fire several times to get the job done as compared to always wondering if a jam might happen at just the wrong time with a SJHP ! Any thoughts on this ? Thanks, Ron

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      I owned a Taurus PT92 years ago and it ran 100% with everything I fed it, including JHPs. It's based on the Beretta 92 design, which is reliable with any reasonable ammo.

      I'd be concerned about overpenetration with 9mm ball, which digs pretty deeply in people, and frequently exits.

      The easy way to answer the reliability question is to buy 200 rounds of JHPs and shoot them. If you have no malfunctions - and I'd bet you don't - there's your answer. I understand that modern premium loads are expensive, but even the relatively affordable Winchester White Box JHPs are better than 9mm FMJ for defense.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
      I I understand that modern premium loads are expensive, but even the relatively affordable Winchester White Box JHPs are better than 9mm FMJ for defense.
      And even though they are a bit more pricey than WWB, it's a small price to pay to be sure that the gun will work properly with what you have loaded if the day ever comes that you need to use it for defense.

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      I agree with everything Mike said. You have to pick one you like and test it with at least 1 box. Normally it's recommended to do 200 or so rounds.

      Anyway, if you want specific recommendations about what JHP ammo is good here's what I like personally in order of prererence.

      Federal HST 124gr +P
      Speer Gold Dot 124gr +p
      Winchester Ranger T 127gr +p+
      Remington Golden Saber 124gr +p
      Cor-Bon DPX 115gr +p
      Federal HST 147gr
      Speer Gold Dot 147gr
      Remington Golden Saber 147gr


      What I'd do is pick one that looks good on paper and you can get reliably. Buy a box and try it, if it works good in your gun and you're comfortable with keeping it under control then use it.

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