old school defensive ammo, the wadcutter. maybe not the first choice in modern day defensive ammo, but still maybe better than FMJ. has deep penetration and said to crush through bones instead of bouncing off like FMJ
I'm going to try and reload some 44mag with some wadcutters to duplicate the Buffalo Bore anti-personnel ammo
also going to load some 357's with the wadcutters
from Buffalo Bore's website. their 44mag anti-personnel ammo. hard cast lead wadcutters:
Anti-Personnel 44 Mag. Ammo
200 gr. Hard Cast Wadcutter @ 1,300 fps
20 Round Box
PRESS RELEASE FOR BUFFALO BORE 44 MAGNUM ANTI-PERSONNEL 200gr. HARD CAST WADCUTTER, LOW FLASH
This full profile wad cutter hard cast 44 magnum load was designed for the owners of 44 magnum firearms that choose to use those firearms for self-defense against humans. This load is specifically designed to permanently and quickly disable humans. The big flat wad cutter nose crushes living tissue, unlike mushroomed bullets that are slightly rounded on the nose and tend to slip and slide through living tissue. The crushing action of the flat nose keeps penetration straight and when penetration is straight, it is generally very deep—deep enough to obtain full penetration on the largest human from any angle. The hard cast nose will not deform at these velocities so the nose profile remains constant (flat, with a sharp shoulder) along with bullet path and terminal damage. Noted NYPD “stake out” officer Jim Cirillo used full profile wad cutters in his 38 SPL revolvers because they incapacitated his human targets with certainty. See our item 20D. (38 SPL) The light weight bullet at moderate velocity aids in low recoil for fast follow-up shots.
Unlike our other Anti-Personnel 44 magnum loads, this one utilizes a hard cast bullet, which will not mushroom and the resulting penetration is very deep. Expect at least 24 inches of straight-line penetration in mammalian tissue, thus allowing this load to also serve well for the small to medium sized game such as deer, black bear, and even elk. This hard cast construction keeps your bore from being substantially lead fouled even after hundreds of rounds.