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10mm Ammo

The 10mm cartridge was designed in 1983 by Lieutenant Colonel John Dean “Jeff” Cooper who worked with various agencies including Norma, FBI, and Smith & Wesson. Cooper, a firearms expert, set out to replace the .45 ACP. In doing so, he created a round that has a better transfer of energy and flatter trajectory in a cartridge small enough to be used in a semi-automatic pistol. The 10mm is generally heavier than the 9mm with an average of 135-200 grains. Hollow points are the most common style.

After the 1986 Miami shootout in which two FBI special agents were killed and 5 were wounded, the agency reevaluated their need for a stronger caliber. The 10mm was tested and approved as standard issue for agents. However, during field trials, the ammo was found to have too much recoil for the average agent so the power had to be reduced. While the introduction of the .40 S&W heralded the end of the 10mm in many circles, it still remains popular today. It is still used by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), and other law enforcement agencies. Currently, the 10mm Auto is used mainly for hunting, personal and home defense, and tactical use.

10mm Self-Defense Ammo Review

Hornady Ammunition: Custom 180 Grain JHP

When it comes to finding the best self-defense ammo, Hornady stands at the front of the line. This 180 Grain JHP bullet is made for self-defense. It carries maximum power to stop threats as well as offering excellent penetration of the target.

Convenient and easy to reload, this round has been proven to fire clean for hundreds of rounds with zero failure. Additionally, the hollow point and heavier weight provide high impact energy transfer with remarkable expansion. It is also the most affordable on our list.

Specifications:

  • 1180 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 556 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Federal Ammunition: 180 Grain JHP

Iconic brand Federal Ammunition produces this 10mm round that’s fairly similar to Hornady. The velocity and muzzle energy are only slightly less and the price is comparable.

Specifications:

  • 1030 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 424 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Federal Ammunition: 180 Grain Hydra-SHOK JHP

Federal Premium is the company’s top seller, and with good reason. The 180 Grain Hydra-SHOK JHP was introduced in 1989 and has remained at the top of the list by many experts as the best 10mm ammo on the market. Rigorous testing has ensured that Hydra-SHOK loads perform consistently and accurately.

Specifications:

  • 1030 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 424 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Hornady Ammunition: Critical Duty 175 Grain FTX 

This round is noted as being the most reliable ammo on the market. Critical Duty is the first choice by many law enforcement officers and tactical professionals in addition to civilians who seek the best in personal protection.  It has two new features offered by Hornady: A Flex Tip that initiates consistent expansion, and an InterLock band which bonds the jacket and core together to prevent separation.

Specifications:

  • 1160 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 175 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 523 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

10mm Range Training Ammo Review

Prvi Partizan Ammunition: 170 Grain FPJ

Founded in 1928, Prvi Partizan is a Serbian company that supplies ammunition to the country’s law enforcement and military in addition to the general public across Europe and the U.S. Their 10mm cartridge is a flat point jacketed bullet, designed to leave clean holes in your targets. The company specializes in using easily reloadable brass casings which enhances its affordability.

Specifications:

  • 1115 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 170 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 469 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Remington Ammunition: 180 Grain MC

Coming in at about the same price as the Prvi Partizan round, Remington’s 180 grain 10mm ammo is ideal for the range, offering traditional Remington accuracy and affordability.

Specifications:

  • 1150 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 529 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

PMC Ammunition: 200 Grain FMJ-TC

This round is surprisingly affordable considering the extra weight. Be prepared for it to pack one serious punch!

Specifications:

  • 1050 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 200 Grain
  • FMJ-TC Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 490 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Federal Ammunition: 180 Grain FMJ

You can never go wrong with Federal Ammo. Slightly more expensive than other brands, this round performs consistently and accurately every time. A great range training ammo.

Specifications:

  • 1030 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 424 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

 


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