Good choice on the Gold Dots!!! And good to see someone sees the lightREad my comments under penetration....and leave us not to bask in ignorance too long...I want hollow points and agree with Deputy absolutely.
I use Remington 88 JHPs and also Speer Gold Dots...and prefer the latter.
Whoosh...missed my point completely"There is bone and clothing and people have blood flowing through them..."
That would seem to argue in the other direction since being impeded by bone or clothing, etc. would make the penetration even less (unless the clothing plugged up the JHP cavity or the bone deformed the HP so it acted like FMJ and penetrated further than it would ordinarily).
And it begs the question: if bullets do not reach vital organs, by what other process do they work with any moderate degree of reliability in deactivating an assailant?