Originally Posted by C-grunt
One problem with having two different rounds is that most rifles won't zero the same with different ammo. Another problem would be that you wouldn't know what round you had loaded next. What if you were only able to get one shot off at a Taliban fighter crouching behind a truck bed and the round you fired didn't penetrate because it broke apart? That would suck.
Federal Tactical is a hollow point. It's what we use at work.
The reason why the rounds recommended are 55 grain is because that's also the weight of most training ammo. That way your training ammo and defense ammo will both shoot close enough to each other that it doesn't make a difference at training ranges.
Gotcha...so better to err on the side of penetrator than not...better to have it go through him than never hit. Along the same lines, how often would a bad guy actually make it through a hit when it just went through? I read about soldiers having to shoot guys multiple times, but is that more of a random thing? The way it sounds is that it happes a lot.
Regarding 55 grain...not considering the cost of the rounds, would it be better to practice and rely on a heavier round? (not planning on practicing with $1/round ammo, just wanting to understand the inner-workings of it all).