The best 9 mm self defense load.


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Oregongundude
August 15, 2006, 09:41 AM
I'm looking for some opinions on the best 9 mm self defense load

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kokapelli
August 15, 2006, 09:46 AM
Is it for a short or long barrel?

Standard or +P?

MCgunner
August 15, 2006, 09:48 AM
Corbon +P 115 grain JHP

Mongo the Mutterer
August 15, 2006, 09:48 AM
Federal Hydra Shok

Aquila IQ

Speer Gold Dot

Oregongundude
August 15, 2006, 09:56 AM
I'm looking for the best self defense load out of the one's I listed in the Poll. It look like most of my selections are +P at least.

Thanks for your opinions in advance.

:)

kokapelli
August 15, 2006, 10:13 AM
Barrel length may be important.

It is my understanding that CorBon designed the DPX round specifically for short barrels and from some of the gelatin tests I have seen, the DPX 9mm round was exceptional out of a short barreled gun.

MR.G
August 15, 2006, 10:22 AM
I use the Federal 124 HST. I have never found a source that has the +P HST in stock. Streichers lists them, but not in stock.

Oregongundude
August 15, 2006, 11:15 AM
I would think for the barrels over 3 inches and above.

kokapelli
August 15, 2006, 11:22 AM
124gr +P Speer Gold Dot and CHECK THESE TESTS (http://www.stoppingpower.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6957&SearchTerms=dpx,/,gelatin) on the DPX.......

skers69
August 15, 2006, 12:21 PM
What ever you do make sure you test out at least 100 rounds of what ever ammo you choose for SD in you gun. I have found that my new cz 75 d pcr does not like hydra shocks (3 ftf out of 100) and ranger ammo (1 ftf out of 100). It does however love gold dot and hornady.

the naked prophet
August 15, 2006, 12:36 PM
You left out my favorite, DoubleTap 147 grain Gold Dots (9mm +P) at 1100-ish fps depending on barrel length.

kokapelli
August 15, 2006, 12:42 PM
"DoubleTap 147 grain Gold Dots (9mm +P) at 1100-ish fps"

A good round for defeating barriers, but I would be concerned about over penetration in a residential setting!

Chupacabra
August 15, 2006, 01:07 PM
You can't go wrong with any of the +P loadings offered by Remington, Speer, or Corbon. All push a 125grain bullet to right around 1200fps.

Personally, I like DoubleTap Ammo (http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/index.php). I use the 165gr Gold Dot load in my 40S&W USPc and plan on using the 124grain +P Gold Dot load in my Browning HP. It's slightly hotter than factory ammo but that's fine by me! Any extra velocity is welcome. :D

Ala Dan
August 15, 2006, 01:33 PM
Speer Gold Dot

das028
August 15, 2006, 01:43 PM
Close your eyes and take a pick!


Any reputable ammo manufacturer will do. Your best ammo is lots of ammo. Meaning, practice! Hit what you are aiming at.;)

Oregongundude
August 16, 2006, 01:06 AM
The winchester 127 grain JHP +P+ SXT are pushing about 1250 FPS and have a awesome "one stop rating by law enforcement."

Just thought I would mention it here :)

weregunner
August 16, 2006, 03:42 AM
I like the 135 gr hydra shoks.Or the 115 gr.standard loads in Winchester or Remington.+P is ok Find that I can recover quicker shot to shot with polymer Ruger.

1557
August 16, 2006, 01:00 PM
I voted for the RA9TA ranger,because I couldn't vote twice,and I have seen the results of this load on people first hand.

In truth,any of the loads mentioned are fine.These days,it's difficult to find a BAD load among the top brands. Some people are hung up on bullet weight,some on velocity. I like all the loads. A few cases of the RA9TA,and RA9t on hand,as well as one case of 147HST.

The Gold Dot is also as good as it gets.I base my choices on price,availabilty,speed of delivery. Your particular weapon may like one load better than the other.If that's the case,that's the load to go with.
Mine don't seem to have a preference,but my 9's are all Glocks.

kokapelli
August 16, 2006, 01:16 PM
"I base my choices on price,availabilty,speed of delivery. Your particular weapon may like one load better than the other.If that's the case,that's the load to go with."

Hmmm! That would probably make a FMJ the best round for you.

What's more avilable, lower priced and can be livered faster than FMJ rounds?

Personally, I am concerned with reliability, penetration and expansion. :)

1557
August 16, 2006, 01:34 PM
Obviously you didn't read the entire post and only chose one sentence that you could twist to your liking to enable you make some wise ass remark.

BsChoy
August 16, 2006, 02:39 PM
Easy fellas, we're all friends here....I picked the 127+p+ cuz I haven't read a review were it didn't penetrate or expand to al least .650 in diameter. The gold dot is a close 2nd as we carry that at work in the G22. I am comfortable with either.

orionengnr
August 16, 2006, 03:16 PM
Please familiarize yourself with the "search" function and the many many threads in existence.

Stephen A. Camp
August 16, 2006, 03:28 PM
Hello. I rarely refer folks to the search function, but there are plenty of 9mm vs. whatever threads or "which load is best in X caliber threads." Let's all make sure that if we continue this thread, we maintain courteous responses. For folks
who are tired of these endless threads on refried topics, I'd say just look elsewhere until they go away or wind up locked.

Thanks in advance.

Best.

Oregongundude
August 16, 2006, 03:29 PM
Anyway, I have my own opinion on what rounds I think are best.

:neener:

Stephen A. Camp
August 16, 2006, 03:36 PM
Hello. It appears that since the original poster now has gained some information and ideas, the thread has served its purpose.

Best.

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