10mm Defense Ammo FAQ
Which is stronger 44 mag or 10mm?
.44 Magnum is about 22% more powerful than 10mm out of a pistol, and about 29% more powerful out of a 16" rifle barrel.
But which is better? A .44 Magnum revolver has around 20-30% more recoil than a semiauto 10mm pistol. If you have trouble with the recoil of a 10mm, how do you think you'll handle a .44 Magnum?
Remember: With pistols, shot placement matters most. A 10mm is powerful enough for nearly any bear or bear-like threat. What do you gain from even more power and recoil?
Is a 10mm more powerful than a 357 Magnum?
It depends. Out of a pistol, with full-power ammo, 10mm is about 5% more powerful than .357 Magnum. Out of a 16" rifle barrel, the .357 Magnum is 25% more powerful. Most .357 rounds have slower-burning gunpowder, and only realize their full potential out of a longer barrel.
Is a 10mm more powerful than a 45?
10mm is around 22% more powerful than .45 ACP.
What is the most powerful 10mm ammo?
It's a close call between Underwood Ammo and Buffalo Bore. They each make their 10mm at full power.
Will a 10mm kill a hog?
Absolutely. A 10mm packs more than enough power to punch through hog skin and bone to hit vitals.
Is a 10mm good for bear protection? Can a 10mm kill a Grizzly bear?
If you use the right ammo type, 10mm will absolutely stop bears, even Grizzlies. With good shot placement and hard-cast or solid-copper bullets, a 10mm bullet can take down a bear. There are documented cases of 10mm killing black, brown, and Grizzly bears.
Is 10mm a good self defense round?
When comparing defensive rounds, 10mm has more recoil, less ammo capacity, and more cost per round compared to 9mm.
What do you get in return? If you're firing Xtreme defenders or other fluid transfer monolithic (FTM) rounds, you get 20-40% more performance. With hollow points, however, 9mm expands to 90-95% of the diameter of 10mm, and penetrates to the FBI standard of 12-18 inches.
|Round||Avg. Penetration||Expanded Diameter|
|.10mm Buffalo Bore 155gr. Barnes TAC-XP||14.3"||0.79"|
|10mm Underwood 180gr. JHP||13.38"||0.74"|
|10mm Barnes 155 gr VOR-TX||12.5"||0.81"|
|9mm Winchester 147 gr Ranger T-Series||16.5"||0.74"|
|9mm Federal 150 gr Micro HST||17.3"||0.71"|
|9mm Black Hills 115gr. Barnes XP +P||13.76"||0.69"|
For reference, 9mm = 0.35", and a 10mm bullet is 0.40". How does the 9mm perform so well? It's the most popular handgun round, and that's brought tons of research into how to make 9mm hollow points the best they can be. Other rounds will always lag when it comes to hollow point performance.
That said, always remember: With pistols, shot placement matters most.
What is the best defensive 10mm round?
For stopping criminals, the best 10mm defensive round is the Underwood Xtreme Defender 100gr or 115gr (+P or +P+ optional), but if you can't get that, these are the runners-up:
- Buffalo Bore 155gr. Barnes TAC-XP
- Underwood 200gr. Nosler JHP
- Underwood 180gr. JHP
We only recommend the above rounds. For more info, see our Defensive Ammo Guide.
For stopping bears, the best 10mm defensive round is the Underwood Xtreme Penetrator 140gr (+P or +P+ optional), but if you can't get that, get the Buffalo Bore 10mm 220gr Hard Cast. If you use hollow points on bears, your bullets may deflect off their thick, tough bones. There are many documented cases!
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Compared to typical defense ammo, 10mm bear ammo favors penetration over expansion. Why? Big animals have thicker, tougher bones, and your ammo must pierce them to hit vitals.
There are documented cases of hollow-point rounds, including 10mm rounds, deflecting off of the skulls of bears. With these rounds, that won't happen so easily.
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How bad is 10mm recoil?
10mm recoils about 38% more than 9mm. You can reduce recoilwith a threaded barrel and compensator, and by mastering grip technique.
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Steel-cased ammo is usually cheaper than brass-cased ammo, but can cause jams. Only use steel-cased 10mm ammo for range practice. For more info, see our Practice Ammo Guide.
Brass-cased ammo usually costs more than steel-cased ammo, but is more reliable. Training classes often require brass-cased ammo.
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