Defensive Ammo Suggestions for CCW

I just got a S&W 340PD for CC, and was looking for recommendations on what defensive ammo to carry in it.


Find out what your local law enforcement use and is usually a safe bet



Hornady, Speer or Gold Dot if you can find it in your local store. Otherwise any ammo with a higher grain count will be ok.


There are many topics on this subject already here. Also check You Tube. :+1:

Poll: Favorite Self-Defense Ammo

Selecting the correct defensive ammo

Defensive Ammo Suggestions for CCW

Tried and True Self Defense Ammo

Critical Defense Vs. Critical Duty ammo for EDC


I’m selling bullets cheap for $5 per, 9mm, $10 per 45 ACP. 8 will expand later as the shortage continues.

At least this is what it feels like when I actually find ammo to buy.


My recommendation is to buy whatever SD ammo you can find in a large enough quantity to fill all your magazines twice. Then go shoot half of it to verify how it works with your firearm. If it works good, carry it. It not, continue the search, maybe try to barter what you have left for something else to try.


Good sound advice from all 1st six quotes, but the best advice is like gary…h said getting some an shooting to see what works best for you and your firearm, mine is hornady critical defense!


Whatever you can find that feeds right now!


A horrible situation to be in as a new firearm owner with a CC and potentially no ammo to buy. I’m with @Gary_H, .

If this were normal times my go to is Hornady Crital Defense (115gr), as it has a smackerl less recoil than the Critical Duty (135gr).


Don’t get ripped off!
I’ll sell you 45ACP two for $19 :rofl:
Except I’m in CA and it’s not allowed :scream:

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Palmetto State Armory had 9mm FMJ last night. Not sure if they have any SD or not.

As for the recommemation on getting SD ammo that you can load all mags twice and then going to shoot half…I didn’t do that. I have mixed Federal HST, Syntech and Winchester. I have shot enough to know how they all perform. I have enough to load my mags a few times each.

Only JHP I’ve seen in awhile. I know NOTHING about it. It might suck, or not be the right load. Just wanted to post it here if you want to research it.

If I can, I carry Federal HST. My other option is Sig JHP. Though right now, I’d just carry a Hollow Point you can find. Just fire a few rounds and make sure it cycles in your gun (people recommend shooting a lot to ensure it cycles, this is actually good advice, but that’s probably not an option)


Palmetto State Armory has Winchester PDX 1 in stock on their site at 1.76 a round. I have never used it so I can’t say anything about it.

I know it is pricey…but at least it is something.

Making ammunition since 1825, a good basic ammo. :+1:

Sellier & Bellot is a firearms ammunition manufacturer situated in Vlašim, Czech Republic. It is a subsidiary of the Brazilian company CBC.

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Right now? Anything you can actually get your hands on :sweat_smile:


Never used it, but this is a thing (I’ve used V-Crown but not this), it is in stock, and it’s sig, same guys who sold a gun to the military that without anyone realizing it wasn’t drop safe :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes::man_shrugging:t2:. I’m just kidding though, I’d buy this if I really needed it.

Indeed. In the back of my self defense ammo safe I have some of the much reviled Winchester Silvertip 115gr 9mm. Not my first choice, but at the time I got it, it was all that I could find. It certainly beats having to throw the firearm at an attacker. :grin:

LOL…I have quite a bit of the Silvertip since that is pretty much what was available. I do have some Federal HST as well just not as much as the HST.

And yes it is way better than throwing the gun at them.

I also most of the issues with the Silver tip had been from earlier years but where supposed to be corrected.

Just keep in mind that if you cross state lines your choice may be illegal in some states like NJ,
Legal to possess but not carry
I’m not a police officer, are hollow points legal for me to possess?
Yes. They are legal for purchase and possess in your home or on land owned by you. They are legal to possess and use at a gun range. They are also legal to possess while traveling to and from such places. Ammunition lacking a hollow cavity at the tip, such as those with a polymer filling, are not considered to be hollow point ammunition. An example of this can be seen with the Hornady Critical Defense / Critical Duty, Cor-Bon PowRball / Glaser Safety Slug and Nosler Inc. Defense ammunition.

I highly recommend doing your own loading. Use silver bullets just to better be prepared. You never know. Might I add you should carry syringes filled with deadman’s blood. Dan and Sam would be proud.

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