...whether it be a revolver, pistol, shotgun or rifle. I believe the great gun-writer Massad Ayoob in the late 1980's or early 1990's published a feature in a gun rag cautioning against this practice. It could get you into civil or criminal trouble in case you have to shoot a bad guy to stop him. Handloading/reloading might be perceived by juries as trying to make the gun more powerful and therefore more lethal on purpose. Even police officers can get into double dutch for using handloads on duty. Use only factory or issue ammunition for tactical or defensive purposes that is appropriate as manstopper. Yes, do target practice with reloads in your defensive/duty guns but don't load the gun with them for actual defensive or service carry. Be sure your guns also can safely, reasonably accurately and reliably handle and shoot the factory ammo for self-defense that you choose to carry regularly. Now, what if you are out deer hunting and you carry custom reloads in your rifle for both improved accuracy and humane shots to bring the animal down summarily? What if also while hunting you have to use that same rifle and reloads for self-defense because some bad person you encounter in the woods threatens your life? You could explain to the police and the jury that you carried the special loads to be an ethical hunter and the rifle and reloads were used on the spur of the moment because that was the only means at the time you had immediately available for your self protection. I would make it habit to carry a sidearm hunting like a .357 revolver with factory loads to both dispatch wounded big game if need be and/or use as a defense weapon against human aggressors if need be. A scoped rifle, or even an iron-sighted sporting rifle, might be too awkward to use in close-quarters combat anyway. Also, be sure if local game regs permit reloads for hunting.