Berry's Bullets "Hybrid Hollow Point" .45acp .40S&W


For those who dabble with the cartridges in .45acp & .40S&W, you might have encountered this odd looking bullet in the past few years. I had some of these in a .45GAP load from Double Tap ammo, and wasn’t sure what the bullet was until I came across it again today in an image from Berry’s Bullets. It is called the Hybrid Hollow Point (looks like an economy-grade Speer Gold Dot) and is offered in 185gr .45acp and 230gr .45acp, as well as a 180gr .40S&W. These came out over 3 years ago in early 2012, but I believe there is a gen-1 version, and a newer tweaked gen-2 version. The image on their website appears to be slightly different than what was out over a year ago, and looks more like a typical Gold Dot bullet.

It’s the sort of bullet you might see loaded by any of the small time manufacturers who don’t produce their own projectiles:

The first image below is what I think is the earlier version gen-1, and the 2nd image is what their website currently shows, and seems a little different with more exposed lead in the hollow point, and a more beveled opening:


The 9mm’s have been out for a while now also from Berry’s, but figured I would update this.

Rocky Mountain Reloading (RMR Bullets) also makes a somewhat similar projectile, aimed at the same market of budget-priced quasi-premium self defense loads with their “multi-purpose JHP”: These replace the previous more generic JHP they had before these came out just over a year ago, and the difference is shown below.

And then there is the Freeom Munitions “X-Def” line with it’s projectile that looks something between an XTP and a Gold Dot, also aiming for the same market segment: