5 Best 10mm Bear Ammo

When you’re heading into bear country, it’s always a smart idea to re-evaluate your self-defense equipment. Due to several noteworthy factors, the 10mm auto has become a widely used bear gun. Traditional high-caliber bear loads can have excessive recoil and offer a limited number of shots. The 10mm auto maintains a powerful blow while offering a more manageable recoil, improved accuracy, and higher round capacities.

There are many 10mm defense ammo choices on the market with different purposes. To take down a charging grizzly bear, one may want something like a cast bullet or solid copper that will offer greater penetration than something like a jacketed hollow point.

Self-defense in the great outdoors should be taken seriously and MidwayUSA is here to help with popular brands like Underwood, Winchester, HSM, and more. Here are our 5 Best 10mm Bear Ammo options.

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Hornady Custom 10mm Auto Ammo 180 Grain Hornady XTP Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 20

Hornady custom-grade ammunition from the factory. Every round of Hornady Custom ammunition is hand inspected before packaging to ensure the highest levels of quality control. Hornady Custom ammunition is manufactured to give shooters and hunters the advantage of hand-loaded accuracy in a factory load. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

 

Hornady XTP bullets were designed for hunting, self-defense, and law enforcement. One of the great things about the XTP bullet is reliable performance, it features controlled expansion where six serrations divide the bullet into six symmetrical sections. These sections weaken the jacket to allow controlled expansion at low velocities and ensures fragmentation does not occur at high velocities. The XTP bullet is really known for its stopping power. They were designed from the beginning to expand reliably at a variety of handgun velocities and deliver deep, terminal penetration with every shot. Most handgun bullets are designed to perform at a single factory-specified velocity where the XTP bullet is designed to offer controlled expansion over a range of velocities. Each XTP Bullet has a swaged core and drawn copper jacket to ensure uniform expansion and in-flight stability. Adding a cannelure to this bullet keeps the core and the jacket locked together while also allowing the cartridge case to tightly crimp, adding security at high velocities.

What Customers Are Saying

Great performance in wet ...

Great performance in wet phone books. The bullet expands and leaves sharp jacket "blades" that cause a lot of damage. Full power load - thanks Hornady! Accurate, clean. Only reason for a 4-star rating instead of a 5-star, is because of the flash, which is substantial. Great as a daytime round, which is what I use it for. If flash were suppressed, this would be the best 10mm defense round available. Overall darn good ammo.
- Charlie, 2/25/2010

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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Winchester Big Bore 10mm Auto Ammo 200 Grain Semi-Jacket Hollow Point Box of 20

Winchester Big Bore ammunition can be trusted to perform in personal defense situations and hunting applications.

 

Features

  • Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point Design controls and delays expansion
  • Achieves massive shock and produces lethal wound channels
  • Dependable in critical personal defense and hunting situations

 

What Customers Are Saying

Finally

Been waiting on someone to review this. It looks to be exactly what I have been waiting for a bullet designed to hunt that expands some and still penetrates. I got just that, I compared to my 200 grain xtp hand load through water filled milk jugs. Xtp at 1163 got into the 5th jug, Winchester big bore went through 5 and into the 6th and chronos 1191 through 6 inch KKM barrel
- Roadrunner, 6/29/2023

About Winchester

Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work, and a deep focus on its loyal Customers. Considered one of the world’s leading ammunition and firearms manufacturers, Winchester has built its reputation on delivering innovative products, providing top-shelf Customer service, and demonstrating industry leadership. Along with ammunition and firearms, Winchester offers many gun parts and accessories as well as tools, apparel, safes and storage, air guns, and more. We offer a huge selection of Winchester products, including the Model 70 Rifle, Super-X Ammunition, SX4 Shotgun, and AA Target Ammo. From our research and development efforts to our manufacturing processes, we understand the value of product quality and performance. With a reputation steeped in tradition, we have earned the moniker ‘The American Legend’ by delivering on our commitment to excellence in everything we do.

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HSM Bear 10mm Auto Ammo 200 Grain Flat Nose Box of 20

Developed as a load to protect hunters while hunting or traveling in bear country, this American made ammunition is sure to keep you safe with its extreme terminal performance and stopping power. HSM Bear Ammunition is loaded with high-quality, dependable components delivering drastically higher velocities when compared to standard loads. Trust HSM Bear loads for your protection from dangerous game. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

What Customers Are Saying

I will be buying this product again.

I think that this is one of the best "bear sprays" available. There are a lot of bears in the area that I hunt and fish, and now I feel a lot more comfortable having a good bear spray handy just in case.
- Portabote, 11/15/2019 Shop Now
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Winchester Silvertip Defense 10mm Auto Ammo 175 Grain Winchester Silvertip Jacketed Hollow Point

Winchester Silvertip has been trusted for decades when it matters most. Silvertip Defense ammunition offers the time-proven design with the Power to Defend. The jacketed hollow point design provides maximum stopping power for personal defense scenarios. The jacket profile of the Silvertip bullet ensures reliable functioning, precise accuracy and consistent expansion. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable brass cases.

What Customers Are Saying

I would buy this again

I reload however I do buy factory ammunition for self defense loads. This is very accurate in my 1911 and Glock 29. Have used it on coyote and wild hogs. Very good performance with good exit holes.
- Mr Baker, 8/28/2023

About Winchester

Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work, and a deep focus on its loyal Customers. Considered one of the world’s leading ammunition and firearms manufacturers, Winchester has built its reputation on delivering innovative products, providing top-shelf Customer service, and demonstrating industry leadership. Along with ammunition and firearms, Winchester offers many gun parts and accessories as well as tools, apparel, safes and storage, air guns, and more. We offer a huge selection of Winchester products, including the Model 70 Rifle, Super-X Ammunition, SX4 Shotgun, and AA Target Ammo. From our research and development efforts to our manufacturing processes, we understand the value of product quality and performance. With a reputation steeped in tradition, we have earned the moniker ‘The American Legend’ by delivering on our commitment to excellence in everything we do.

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Federal Premium Personal Defense 10mm Auto Ammo 200 Grain Federal HST Jacketed Hollow Point

Federal Premium Personal Defense HST Ammunition has been specially designed to deliver consistent, tremendous expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance. The specially designed hollow point will not plug while passing through a variety of barriers and the jacket and core hold together providing nearly 100% weight retention! This ammunition was engineered to meet or exceed ammunition testing protocols; these protocols put bullets through 10% ordinance gelatin, steel, wallboard, plywood, laminated automobile safety glass and gelatin covered in heavy clothing and measure how well the bullets penetrate, expand and hold together.

One of the great things about this ammunition are high quality features that make this ammunition perfect choice for self-defense ammunition. Each round of ammunition is loaded into a Federal Premium nickel plated brass case with waterproofing on the case mouth and primer. Every load has a consistent powder charge and reliable primer for consistent ignition. Every HST bullet features a tapered jacket profile for reliable feeding, a cannelure that locks the copper jacket to the lead core, patented co-aligned internal and external skiving and a deep tapered hollow point that will not clog. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable nickel-plated brass cases.

 

Features

  • Specially designed hollow point expands reliably through a variety of barriers
  • Expanded diameter and weight retention produce the desired penetration for personal defense situations without overpenetrating
  • Superior performance in FBI test protocol used by law enforcement officials to assess and select duty ammunition
  • Bullet nose profile, nickel-plated case and Federal's unique primer provide the ultimate in function and reliability in semi-automatic handguns

 

What Customers Are Saying

Finally in stock

Wet pack testing revealed very good penetration compared to Hydrashok. Less expansion in the end causes that plus the extra velocity. In a full size Rock Island recoil was barely noticeable. Not a hot loading but appropriate. I may carry this on my property but probably not when I travel in the truck. Hydrashok suits me for the urban carry. May use this for hunting because it is impressive.
- Vindicator, 1/1/2020

About Federal Premium

Federal Cartridge Company, as we know it today, started in 1922 when Charles Horn purchased Federal Cartridge and Machine out of receivership. Federal’s first products were shotshells, followed by rimfire in 1924. In 1976, Federal Premium was launched, combining boutique bullets with premium propellants and nickel-plated brass to create the “best of the best” in centerfire ammunition. Over a century later, MidwayUSA offers a complete spectrum of Federal ammunition, ranging from shotshell offerings like: Top-Gun, High Over All, Game Loads, Gold Medal Grand, and Prairie Storm; and centerfire rifle ammunition such as Fusion, Power-Shok, Gold Medal Match, Meat Eater; to centerfire pistol ammunition: HST, Punch, and American Eagle. Federal continues to manufacture rimfire ammo in the form of AutoMatch, Champion, and Game-shok. Federal supports handloaders with standard: small pistol, small rifle, large pistol, large rifle, 209 shotshell primers, and the Gold Medal-series match primers.

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