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  1. #11
    handgonnetoter Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by kn1080 View Post
    Fellow second amendment supporters,

    Ive always been taught that the hydra-shock was the way to go... Now as I get older, Im beginning to wonder. Whats so special about the hydra shock? Is there anything that sets it apart from the other brands of personal defense ammo out there? Is there anything special about that little post in the middle? What is the post's actual purpose?

    What kind of personal defense ammo do you use and why? not caliber but type.
    I read an article about that at one time. It said the post helps direct pressure outwards, thus making the jacket mushroom out better. That is what that gun writer said anyway. I tend to like the Remington "Golden Sabre" type of ammo myself, especially in the 9mm rounds. Cor Bon makes some butt kickin' 9mm's too! God help me, I love all things guns and ammo too much!

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  3. Thank you friends for all of your imput. Id like to try something different and Im deciding what to switch to.
    Retired US Army Medic
    Proud Husband, Dad and Christian
    www.nationofshooters.com

  4. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by kn1080 View Post
    Thank you friends for all of your imput. Id like to try something different and Im deciding what to switch to.
    Well to change the subject a little,,,... I pray that you never have to use those rounds.

    I have been getting HSTs because I can find them. I don't like driving all over for ammo. Also I have this thing about supporting our local people. The LEO's in the area use them (Hydras) and some where I read It was wise to carry what the police use. Is that Prudent?
    Semper Fi

  5. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    Haven't seen this one before. Nice page.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

  6. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by ricbak View Post

    ... some where I read It was wise to carry what the police use. Is that Prudent?...
    I've heard this before too. The idea is that if you use what they use, it will be less likely that you will be accused of using too much fire power. With the litigious mindset of some parts of the nation, I can see the point. But, in the day and age of castle doctrines, I'm thinking that there is less significance to the idea.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

  7. #16
    Hydra-Shock is oldtechnology from the early 1990's.

    Bullet development has come a long way since.

    The newer HST and Gold-Dots are probably the best at this time.

    Of course, where you put it more important than anything in the bullet design.

    -Doc

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Bighouse Doc View Post
    Hydra-Shock is oldtechnology from the early 1990's.

    Bullet development has come a long way since.

    The newer HST and Gold-Dots are probably the best at this time.

    Of course, where you put it more important than anything in the bullet design.

    -Doc
    I am going to look into HST's and Gold-Dots. This is the kind of answer I was looking for.
    Retired US Army Medic
    Proud Husband, Dad and Christian
    www.nationofshooters.com

  9. #18
    wolfhunter Guest
    HydraShoks have been redesigned since the 90s and are still a top of the line defense choice

  10. #19
    I go with the Gold Dots, really only because that is what my best "gun buddy" uses.

    I think the article Iceman posted sums it up pretty well:
    It’s a dirty little secret which rarely sees the light of day in most “stopping power” debates, but ammunition choice plays a much smaller role in stopping an attacker than shot placement.

    Shot placement simply means putting the bullet(s) where the most damage will be done to the attacker. The primary target is what we call the thoracic triangle. The points of the triangle are the throat and two nipples. Shots to this area tend to make people FDGB (“fall down go boom”). Shots outside this area tend to have less immediate effects. Within reason, this is true regardless of caliber, ammunition, etc.

    Almost any popular defensive JHP load (Gold Dot, Hyrda-Shok, SXT, Golden Saber, etc.) in a major caliber will be effective if shot placement is good. More importantly, if shot placement is bad, a “more powerful” round won’t do you any good.
    What I take from that is this: Any of these premium brands will do. If you score inside that triangle, the difference between a perfect star-shaped, "gut shredding" mushroom with a .65" diameter and a less than perfect expansion with a .55" diameter is minimal. Either one is highly likely to drop the BG. Conversely, a hit outside that triangle (unless of course it's a head shot) isn't likely to stop him dead, regardless of which premium brand you use.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

  11. #20
    i use both hst's and gold dots in my .40 s&w. i also have hydra shock's in 135 grain. my main carry ammo tho is 155 hst or the gold dots in my full size. great ammo for the price, but a horandy critical defence round is also hard to beat in a subcompact

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