Handgun, rifle and shotgun ammunition have improved greatly over the last five decades. Today’s ammunition is optimized for performance over a broad variety of personal defense situations. So, whatever your needs, chances are there’s at least two or three loads for you to choose from. Click through to read a breakdown of the top 8 defensive loads available on the market.

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  • PRParker

    I am going to call B.S. What moron would recommend CCI shotshell loads as a defensive round? They are loaded with #12 shot and are intended for small rodents and snakes. Also, anyone else feel this article was an advertisement for Hornady Critical Defense?