A few years back when I worked in law enforcement, our issued duty ammo was Federal Hydra-Shok, first in .357 Magnum and later in .45ACP when we switched over to semi-automatics. It was a good, reliable round... and pretty standard at the time for LEOs. We would qualify with our firearms every six months, so we'd shoot our six month old Hydra-Shoks, then finish qualifying with FMJs. They would issue more Hydra-Shoks until our next qualification or until we had to use them in the line of duty. Until just recently, the gals and I also carried Federal Hydra-Shoks in all our handguns we use for personal defense.
Well, times and technology have since changed and about two years ago I started looking at all the new defensive cartridges on the market, reading dozens of magazine articles, and probably hundreds of internet reviews. We bought and tried various offerings from Hornady, Federal, Winchester, Corbon, Remington, and a couple of others which over time was not exactly an inexpensive undertaking. I think bonded bullet construction has proven it's worth and we decided on the Winchester Supreme Elite Bonded PDX1 for our defensive handgun use.
Now I have some friends that have some pretty strong opinions on carry ammo, but it always amazes me that so many folks I run into are carrying ammunition that they have never actually tried very much or even at all in their handgun. Folks practice with cheap FMJs, then load their expensive defensive rounds... often without checking feeding, reliability, or point of impact on the target in relation to point of aim, which is a concern with many fixed-sight defensive handguns.
We've put at least 100 rounds of PDX through every gun we have that we're using it in with good results as far as feeding, reliability, and hitting what we're aiming at. I even used 80 rounds of it as part of a Todd Green inspired 2,000 round torture test of a brand new Ruger SR9 (by the way, the SR9 functioned flawlessly with no cleaning or maintenance until round 3,619 when it had a stove-pipe). The gals and I are using the PDX ammo in .380ACP, 9mm+P, .38 Special+P, and .45ACP. We still shoot and replace our "carry" rounds every six months just to keep things fresh in the magazines, cylinders, and speed-loaders.
Now I realize that there are a lot of opinions, ballistic tests, articles, and videos on the various ammunition options for defensive carry, so with that in mind and out of curiosity... What defensive ammo are YOU carrying?