I've had good luck with the bargain Federal Value Pack copper plated hollow points (500 rds under $20 at Walmart). These are probably technically too high a velocity at 1260 fps to meet Phoenix Arms' recommended "standard velocity" round but I've experienced none of the horror stories about cracking frames you hear about (in short, no high velocity). It's a fun gun to shoot, particularly with the 5" barrel. The multiple safeties and no last round hold open are what is most confounding until you develop a routine or mod the safeties. The recoil spring will start to go soft around 1k rounds and need replacing.