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The world of bullets is even more vast and expansive than the selection of firearms. Each ammunition is designed to perform a specific task from a specific firearm.
Pairing the best ammo for your desired goal will offer astounding results compared to simply relying on traditional full metal jacket rounds.
Some special types of ammo have unique effects or features. Here are a few examples of those special ammo types:
.22 Long Rifle Birdshot
The ever-popular 22LR ammo offers shooters an extremely affordable way to hunt very small game and practice shooting fundamentals.
The birdshot variety of the 22LR not only delivers a consistent enough shot pattern for you to hunt birds but also works wonders for unwanted pests and varmints.
Birdshot 22LR would make for an excellent survival round and is light enough to where you can carry a large amount of it without adding significant weight.
Combining this round with a Henry AR-7 survival rifle would be perfect to bring for an extended camping trip or hike.
Jacketed Hollow Point
The jacketed hollow point (JHP) is one of the most critical rounds for self-defense.
Nearly every police department in America uses some variation of this ammunition type for their duty weapons.
This works by utilizing a cavity in the tip of the bullet which expands rapidly once hitting a soft target.
JHPs provide massive benefits for both preventing overpenetration and increased stopping power against a deadly threat.
These are proven rounds and are your best bet for an effective concealed carry weapon.
Three excellent and widely used JHP rounds are the Federal HST, the Hornady Critical Defense, and the Speer Gold Dot.
Glaser Safety Slugs
Glaser safety slugs are a frangible handgun round designed to produce devastating damage.
Once the bullet hits its target, it breaks apart and causes many smaller wounds in all directions.
These essentially eliminate the risk of overpenetration if they hit their target, and they were even once used by air marshals to avoid puncturing the walls of an airplane.
They will produce very impressive results in ballistics gel and work extremely well out of J-frame revolvers.
An exotic round for this list, the Dragon’s Breath is an incendiary ammo for a 12 gauge shotgun.
When fired, the Dragon’s Breath shoots out magnesium sparks and flames up to a distance of around 100 feet. Some even claim it can reach 300 feet.
Its use is more for impressing and entertaining people and, sometimes, intimidating would-be criminals. The incendiary round can also be used as a distress signal similar to a flare.
However, in most states in America, the Dragon’s Breath is considered a fire hazard. Some states require an extra fee for using such a hazard; others outright ban it.
Lead-free ammunition is a recent development and directly targets the issue of lead exposure when target shooting.
These rounds do this by replacing the traditional lead projectile with a polymer one.
This results in eliminating lead-exposure while also reducing barrel fouling that occurs with lead-based ammunition.
Certain rounds, like the Ruger ARX, are an excellent example of lead-free ammunition specifically designed for self-defense.
The ARX does not rely on expansion like a traditional JHP but, instead, utilizes flutes along the sides of the projectile to produce a larger wound cavity.
Found Something Special?
With all these rounds to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. Research and experimentation will certainly lead you to the perfect round for your situation.
The advancements in modern ammunition are truly amazing. There is a round specifically designed for nearly every task. Modern ammunition performs incredibly well and should certainly be investigated by all shooters.
If you have ensured that your firearm can handle the, sometimes, higher pressures associated with these ammunition types, you will be amazed by the outcome.
Keeping up to date with new advancements in ammunition may also prove to be very useful. With the massive expansion of firearm ownership in the last few years, companies have been coming up with new ways to satisfy every niche.
If the past trends continue, we should expect to see even more amazing new rounds in the near future.
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