Winchester Ranger ammo, both Bonded and "talon"
for under $1 a round. Along with Speer Gold Dot, HST,etc. The whole she-bang and you don't have to worry about their keeping a copy of your drivers license.
WInchester Ranger ammo has codes, anything with a "T" in it, such as RA9T,etc. is "Talon" ammo and a direct descendant of the Black Talon. I don't BELIEVE....Talon ammo is bonded. It's tough, but not bonded.
The PDX ammo is the same as the Winchester Ranger Bonded ammo line.
Really: I wouldn't worry about it
As long as it's Winchester Ranger, Speer Gold Dot, Federal HST/Hydra-shock, Remington Golden Saber,etc. Anything with it's own chunk of loyal followers, it's good.
For my calibers:
9mm. I went with Speer Gold Dot +P 124 grainers. I looked hard at Winchester Rangers, but decided the bonded Speer was just as good, and was a bit cheaper.
.357 Magnum. I've got generic Remington UMC 125 grainSemi-JHP's. That's the original "stopper", and what little testing I've done, it seems to expand reliably, accurate. It's a little "flashy", but that doesn't really bother me.
.40 S&W: I'm using Fiocchi 155 grain XTP's. Higher velocity than 180 grainers, and very tough. I was somewhat worried because some Fiocchi ammo is under-loaded, However when I shot my muledeer last fall, they half-expanded (One side expanded beautifully), and penetrated 36" of mule deer, one front shoulder to the opposite rear quarter and then vice versa, I'm happy enough with it.
.45 ACP. I WAS using Fiocchi 230 grain XTP's, however I didn't know how expansion would be at the lower velocities. I now use Speer +P 200 grain Gold Dots and Winchester Ranger T 230 grain. Both are okay, I wouldn't pick one over another. Both are good bullets.