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?
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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