Paul Harrell on ‘Why I Don’t Like “Hyper” Ammo’


Paul Harrell on ‘Why I Don’t Like “Hyper” Ammo’

While ‘hyper’ ammunition — that’s high-priced specialty defensive handgun ammo typically loaded to high velocity and/or with unusual bullets — might seem like a great idea, not everyone agrees. And when someone with the experience and knowledge of Paul Harrell speaks up on the subject, it makes sense to at least give him a fair listen.

After a couple minutes of intro, Paul gets into the seven reasons why he holds a general disdain for hyper-speed ammo.

  1. High cost
  2. Poor/varying accuracy
  3. Lack of reliability
  4. Lack of availability
  5. The “precious” factor
  6. Legendary status
  7. Its effect on how you’re perceived by police/criminal profiling

I won’t try to recap his points; you’re better off to listen to them yourself. Suffice it to say that I agree with him on this subject and I’ve seen most of these things myself. Although I have yet to learn of an actual legal case in which the type of ammo someone used was a factor in his or her being charged and/or convicted.


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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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