The "good stuff" is readily available online at reasonable prices.jon_in_wv said:I live in WV and most of the local dealers won't sell hollow points because they think If you shoot someone they are going to get into trouble. That being said the only ammo I have available locally at a reasonable price is WWB 147gr JHP and UMC 115gr from Walmart. I can get Corbon DPX and Powr'ball but I'm not paying a dollar a shot. I practice quite a bit and I can't afford to do it with that kind of ammo. I feel much more confident if I can practice with the ammo I carry. The UMC is out because the muzzle flash and smoke of that ammo is fine for the range, but not so good for defense. The WWB 147gr (124 is not carried here for some reason) seems like a warm enough load and has very little smoke or muzzle flash. I can't seem to find much about it as far expansion, gelatin tests, and so on. Are any of you familiar with this ammo?
You can do whatever you want but there's very little difference in feel between my carry ammo and my practice ammo. So little that I don't see it as necessary to practice with my carry ammo. I don't expect that in a real shooting I'll fire off one round and then go, "Wow, what was that?" YMMV.