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Old 10-10-2016, 05:29 PM   #1
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Conceal and Carry FMJ?

Is it a bad idea to have solid bullets or full metal jacket loads rather than hollow points for conceal and carry? Is there ever a time when you would want to?
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Old 10-10-2016, 05:31 PM   #2
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I might carry solids in my .45 colt for wild game.

I always carry HPs for self defense.
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I carry JHP and can't think of a reason I would carry FMJ.
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Old 10-10-2016, 05:36 PM   #4
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FMJ are typically used in combat where if there is over penetration that is a good thing.

However in a SD, ccw situation that is not what you want. Unless you wanted to shoot through barriers (be careful here, lawyers love this kind of stuff), there is no reason to carry FMJ, JHP work much better, and will reduce the over penetration problem
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The 4th rule of firearms safety is to remember what is beyond your target. FMJ rounds are far more likely to over penetrate and cause unintended damage. You do not want that on your conscience nor do you want the legal consequences.
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Bad idea. No chance of expansion so smaller wound potential. High risk of over penetration which can be very bad for several reasons. Even in small calibers where expansion may be unreliable with HP I would still rather have it possible expand and if not will just act as a FMJ anyway. So might as well go with the round that may expand. But for 9mm and up definitely HP always.
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JHPs are engineered to expand inside bad guys, thereby enlarging the wound channel and transferring all of their energy to them.

FMJs may zip right on through, leaving a small wound channel, transferring little energy, and potentially striking things behind the bad guy that we don't want to hit.

I can't think of a good reason to carry FMJs in a defensive capacity.
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no, jhp's
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I only use FMJs for Target Practice.
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I believe in new Jersey or Delaware you are not allowed to even buy jhp bullets.
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The only reason to CC FMJ for self defense.......is if you are out of JHP.
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There are some new products that offer similar results of JHPs that are solid bullets. These are typically copper loads that are lighter than traditional FMJ, and are designed with cuts and ridges, sort of like a Phillips head screwdriver, designed to get equal results to JHPs. The only time I would carry a FMJ is if I had nothing else. Yes, they will work, but you're likely to over penetrate, which dumps the energy if the bullet in something other than your intended target, which could be another innocent person.
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There are some new products that offer similar results of JHPs that are solid bullets. These are typically copper loads that are lighter than traditional FMJ, and are designed with cuts and ridges, sort of like a Phillips head screwdriver, designed to get equal results to JHPs. The only time I would carry a FMJ is if I had nothing else. Yes, they will work, but you're likely to over penetrate, which dumps the energy if the bullet in something other than your intended target, which could be another innocent person.
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Don't sweat it. Carry what you shoot. There's a lot of static out there. Ammo companies love selling you tiny, overpriced, boxes of high performance stuff.
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I carry FMJ in my spare mag. If a carjacker was trying to break through your car door, it seems like you might have a better chance shooting through that door with FMJ.
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