Hollow Point vs FMJ: A Comparison

Gun Basics

Full metal jacket (FMJ) and hollow point are two popular types of ammunition; with one better used for defensive situations and the other more of a practice round. Though seasoned shooters likely understand the difference between these types of bullets, it can be difficult to define the differences and best applications of both without experience.

You should own and use both hollow point and FMJ ammo, but you shouldn’t use them in the same situations. Hollow points are best suited for home and personal defense guns. In contrast, FMJ is great target ammo. Read on to get into the nitty-gritty of these two popular rounds.

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By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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