I lean towards heavy bullets as they typically penetrate more then lighter bullets of similar cartridge loads.
That beind said I don' put too much thought into it...as long as it gets 12"+ penetration and expands somewhat reliably I'll shoot it. I usually go with whatever is cheap. I don't even bother looking at energy numbers, they don't mean anything for handgun rounds (no significant temp cavity at such low velocities).
So in short...heavy if I can find it. Otherwise whatever is around. I'm pretty sure I carried ball sometime last week.
I use CorBon PowRBall ammunition as the first few out of either my G17 or G21. They are very light.... 90 and 165 grain respectively.
I live in light-clothing, warm weather areas (Summer in Ohio and Winter in Florida). I am not concerned about penetrating more than thin cotton, etc. After the PowRBalls, I load the mags with 115 and 185 grain CorBons. If necessary, I have no problems with using 124 grain 9mm or 230 grain hardball. It's all about bullet placement and penetration.
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