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Old 03-26-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
 
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Default .25 acp hollow points?

What is your opinion on hollow points in such a small round? It doesn't seem like a great idea to me. I'm trying to decide on carry ammo for my gun and I just don't know if I'd trust making my tiny bullets tinier. Is a hollow point in that small caliber still effective? Would it not just blow the center out? The rounds are too expensive to buy a couple boxes just to run through and test them. That's why I'm asking your opinions. So what do you think?
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I really dont know this for sure but i would think with a round this small that it really wouldnt make to much of a difference to carry hollow points but i could be wrong.
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Default Re: .25 acp hollow points?

Honestly I don't think the round would be much smaller. I have a 380, the range rounds (FMJ) are small, the Speer Gold Dots I keep in it are smaller but I would rather have them then range rounds. They will ensure proper penetration.
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i agree with jerry and also the expansion of the round when it hits tissue and bone are the main advantages of causing more harm especially in a smaller round
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In 1992 I was in a bar called Colonial Gardens. As I stood at the bar, a woman walked up to my girlfriends aunt and shot her point blank in the neck with a .25 hollow point. She went home two days later , after a half hour of surgery they removed the slug from inside her throat. From what I heard the round never expanded and only went less than 2 inches into her neck. So I guess a .25 doesnt seem to have enough velocity to make a true hollow point effective. Im no ballistics expert, but a .25 seems to be anemic in the pocket pistol category.
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In 1992 I was in a bar called Colonial Gardens. As I stood at the bar, a woman walked up to my girlfriends aunt and shot her point blank in the neck with a .25 hollow point. She went home two days later , after a half hour of surgery they removed the slug from inside her throat. From what I heard the round never expanded and only went less than 2 inches into her neck. So I guess a .25 doesnt seem to have enough velocity to make a true hollow point effective. Im no ballistics expert, but a .25 seems to be anemic in the pocket pistol category.
For a defense round, I wouldn't want to go any smaller than .380, and then I'd prefer to use FMJ. Hollow points at those velocities and in the small masses available just won't perform properly. Over penetration really isn't too much of a problem in the .25 and .380 calibers. Being that these are auto-loaders and almost all hollow points are flat nosed (Winchester silver tips are a noteable exception), you also run the risk of a failure to feed unless the feedramps are well polished or worn in, & even then it can happen.
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