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Ammunition Options for Personal Defense

If you’ve invested time and effort in choosing the best firearm for your needs, now’s not the time to skimp on ammo. Once a bullet is fired, you are 100% reliant on its terminal performance to stop the threat.

It’s no wonder why you want the best you can get. Keep in mind that the ammo you keep in your personal defense gun will hopefully never need to be used, so purchasing the highest-quality defensive ammunition may be the least expensive investment you ever make. From handguns to rifles and shotguns, here are some favorite Winchester loads for common personal defense firearms: Ammunition Options for Personal Defense


Winchester’s Silvertip load in 9mm Luger gives you the Power to Defend® with a 115-grain jacketed hollow point that exits the muzzle with 383 foot-pounds (ft.-lbs.) of energy! With relatively low recoil compared to other pistol loads, this is a great choice for shooters of many skill levels to maintain the ability to deliver devastating results in a personal defense situation. The defense hollow point expands upon impact, which imparts all of that energy into its target.

For those who want the most performance from their personal defense pistol, Winchester’s Defender line of handgun ammo pulls no punches. Offered in a wide variety of the most popular pistol cartridges such as 9mm Luger, 38 Special +P, 40 S&W and 45 Auto, Defender ammunition is loaded with bonded core hollow point bullets that offer deep penetration and extremely reliable expansion. Winchester recently introduced a new 10mm Auto product in the Defender lineup featuring a 180-grain bonded bullet that delivers a whopping 614 ft.-lbs. of muzzle energy!



Using rifles for personal defense is a fast-growing trend, especially among new gun owners. Rifles are relatively easy to aim since they are fired from the shoulder, and semi-auto carbine designs allow for fast follow-up shots in defensive situations. If a carbine is your personal defense arm of choice, make your ammo a force multiplier by choosing premium-controlled expansion bullets. Unlike your practice  full metal jacket ammo, rounds such as Winchester’s new Silvertip lineup of rifle ammunition offer accelerated expansion. With its large-diameter polymer Defense Tip™ and nickel-plated jacket, Silvertip rifle loads maximize terminal ballistics through a variety of firearm types. Available in 223 Rem., 300 Blackout and 308 Win., Silvertip rifle ammo is an optimal choice when loading up your rifle for personal defense.



Some folks prefer a handgun for its mobility, while others opt for a carbine. But plenty of personal defense experts prefer a traditional shotgun loaded with Winchester’s Double X® Buckshot that sends nine 00 Buck pellets at 1450 fps for devastating power. And if you can’t decide between buckshot or slugs, you don’t have to. Instead, choose the Defender 12-gauge combination load featuring a 1-ounce rifled slug and three 00 Buck pellets. It’s the best of both worlds.


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