Starting to stock up on 9mm ammo and wondering if I should stock up on FMJ or JHP for SHTF situations. I keep JHP loaded for everyday use, but I could get more FMJ for the money... opinions?
We constantly get this reminder but when you think about it isn't one to the head the correct choice when you pay for your own ammo (not funded by the gov), or TEOTWAWKI,you will never have a chance to resupply?Go with both but if you can only have one go with ball ammo. Ball ammo will generally give you better penetration and better accuracy albeit just a little tiny bit better accuracy. Once you have your rounds, practice close range shooting a lot and remember: "Two to the chest and one to the head brings the gunfight to a very quick end."
We constantly get this reminder but when you think about it isn't one to the head the correct choice when you pay for your own ammo (not funded by the gov), or TEOTWAWKI,you will never have a chance to resupply?
One shot one kill seems the way to go to me.
My thinking says three rounds to three different heads and you saved 6 rounds. Just thinking out loud here.
I'm not trying to start a debate here, but in a defensive situation, especially a SHTF situation, why not just go for 3, or 4, to the chest?
I understand the conserve ammo aspect of the argument, but again, in a SHTF situation and assuming you have a decent stockpile of ammo, I'm only going to be worried about conserving ammo AFTER I've burned through the first 1000rds of 9mm. If one has lived long enough to use 1000rds of pistol ammo, then either you are VERY good, VERY lucky, or the bad guys are really bad at what they are trying to do.
A pistol is a lousy choice for a primary SHTF defensive gun.
This is just me, but when I practice defensive shooting, I'm more concerned with putting 3-4 rounds center chest quickly. Head shots are harder than they seem, especially if you're shooting in a situation other than at the range. I like the theory of a high capacity magazine and putting enough lead in the air to get the job done, and quickly.
If you're shooting with a rifle, sure, conserve ammo. I'd rather have enough rifle ammo left to never have to resort to a pistol. But if the situation is bad enough that your rifle is no longer an option and you have to rely on a pistol, just blast the guy. Just my humble opinion.
Why not just hit 'em with a 12ga. or 5.56 at pistol range and forget the 9mm ball/.45 arguments altogether?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but in an ideal situation you never have to use your pistol.
Your pistol is only for when you run out of ammunition for your rifle, or you get caught with your pants down and can't reload your rifle fast enough.
If I had to rely on the 9mm, I'd rather have a 124gr. gold dot in there over just about anything else...but FMJ is better than nothing at all.
----But the key here is practice...if you hit them before they hit you you will probably win, no matter how fancy the round coming out of your gun is.----