I have a BHP made in 1976. It has the barrel with the hump. I am not sure if it will feed JHP, but I know it will feed FMC or FMJ. Is 14 rounds of this sufficient for Home defense? I am not concerned with wall penetration.
I have a 1911 9mm game gun that refuses hollow points, it runs Corbon Power ball's fine. Another reload only option is Speers softpoint which is a golddot with the hole filled with soft lead. According to Speer rep this bullet will expand at 9mm handgun speeds. I dunno if I was using it I would load it pretty high. I bet it would work well in full charge 38 super or 9X23 or carbine 9mm's. Back to your point. The most important thing in a defensive round is that it goes bang and then feeds another one which also goes bang. If that's what you have that's what you have. Practice getting center of mass hits. That being said there are newer hollow points designed for more reliable feeding might wanna try them. Personally I would rather err on the side of penetration than expansion, hence my preference for Hornady XTP's but dont get your hopes up they wouldnt work in my 1911 9mm. Another option used or nearly new MkIII barrels are all over ebay and other places. Just insure you are getting actual Belgium Browning barrel and not some third world crap clone barrel
Before you write off hollowpoint ammo, try some out. My unaltered '73-vintage HP does fine with almost everything I've shot in it, the one exception being the weird WWB 147gr flatnose.
Someone on here mentioned recently (Stephen I think) that later Mec-Gar magazines present the rounds at a slightly higher angle and feed hollowpoints better in old guns. I hope I'm remembering that correctly.
Hello. Also try some plain ol' Federal 115-gr. JHP. These have a nicely rounded ogive and feed well in some otherwise "hesitant" guns. I personally do not suggest 9mm FMJ for self-protection. It seems to perform waaaaaaay at the low end of "stopping power" (excepting for perfect hits) in angry, determined targets as well as overpenetrate with much "gusto." My primary concern is over the former rather than the latter.
"Old techology" to be sure, this 115-gr. standard pressure JHP feeds nicely in some guns that balk with other than ball. It averages around 1140 to 1170 ft/sec from my Hi Powers, depending upon the particular lot of ammunition. It is usually a "feed friendly" round.
Corbon's 100-gr. Pow'R Ball is a +P load having a light fast bullet with a huge hollow point that mimicks the profile of FMJ with the plug in place. It is advertised at 1475 ft/sec and averaged 1473 ft/sec from one of my Mk III pistols. It will probably do 12" penetration and not overpenetrate. I've seen some that did and others that didn't, but it gets enough that I'd sure prefer it to FMJ for home protection.