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5 years 9 weeks ago, 12:57 AM

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I have heard I don't know how many times that it is a bad idea to use handloaded rounds for defense. I have even said it. But I started thinking about it and I wonder how bad it would really be in a civil suit. Why do we handload? Two primary reasons. One, economical reasons, as rolling our own is normally cheaper than buying factory new. The second reason is so we can experiment and tweak the loads to create a more accurate round. Creating a round that is more accurate than factory offerings seems to show a higher level of awareness of the responsibility of carry a weapon for defense than simply buying whatever Wal-mart sells. The next argument is, of course, being made out to be some sort of psycho who wants to blow people up by hot-loading ammo. My take on this issue; Why do we use +P ammo? We use it to ensure we have a high enough velocity for reliable expansion, thus achieving incapacitation of the threat with the fewest possible rounds. The other reason is to get that expansion to ensure we don't get overpenetration and have the bullet go through and hit someone else. So, we handload to get the most accurate load possible that will stop the threat as quickly as possible. It seems like a first-year law student could make this argument. I guess it's just a matter of someone being willing to bet their assets on the argument, huh?

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 1:02 AM

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runaway

keep playing with fire. I get your drift but you're obviously better off with factory loads in court (as they were designed to do the job), why take the chance when they work?. i was gonna say something else, but I drank too much tonight. I'll be here all week, be sure to tip your waitress

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 1:12 AM

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And if I buy a box of 124 gr Speer GDHP bullets from Midway and load them up, what is the difference? It is more of a hypothetical question I guess

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 1:26 AM

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honestly

nothing...

but you could make them a little more nasty if you wanted to...

I'm just looking at it from the prosecutors perspective, since that is who you'll be up against... proving yourself innocent

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 1:46 AM

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Using handloaded ammo for defense that is otherwise justified won't matter in a criminal court. It's the civil court when the scumbag's family files a wrongful death suit that it will matter.

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 4:38 AM

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wrongful death

my response will be,this ashole meth head tried to kick in my front door.i feared for the lives of myself and my family.that is why he/she recieved 8 loads of double ought buck and 550 grain slugs in a staggered load pattern fired thru my front door!i use factory ammo for my scatterguns!

5 years 9 weeks ago, 5:04 AM

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