115, 124, 127, 135, 147 grain


October 28, 2007, 05:58 PM
Of the rounds listed, which one would be the best for personal protection out of a sub compact 9mm????

Which would have better stopping power and expansion????

Please vote and explain why and where you got your information.

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October 28, 2007, 06:25 PM
The round can very depending on the gun and ammo. Ranger T-Series 147gr out of a G26 is pretty awsum. T-Series ammo is not as velocity Dependant as older ammo designs.

Gold Dot in order to keep up put out the SB line and Federal did the HST. The neat thing about new ammo designs is that all of the old rules are void. Great thing other than the SB is you can buy one box of ammo and it will work in all of your guns of that caliber.

October 28, 2007, 06:39 PM
So I take it you refuse to hear about the 115gr?

October 28, 2007, 06:43 PM
115 is still popular in full ,compact, and sub compact guns.

I would guess since three of the four weights listed are middle of the road weights, that must be what the poster prefers.

October 28, 2007, 08:02 PM
I voted 127 even though Im a fan of the heavier rounds. Out of a sub compact though, Im sceptical about them with their already fairly low MV. Out of smaller barrels I like the mid range weights to keep velocity up but still have some weight behind it. Truthfully though, I think any of the weights with a good bullet is going to serve you well.

Brian Williams
October 28, 2007, 09:37 PM
added 115 gr

October 28, 2007, 09:41 PM
Voted 115, but my heart belongs to the 100 gr.

October 28, 2007, 09:52 PM
I tend to like medium weight in 9mm so I choose 124 grain.

October 28, 2007, 10:17 PM
I voted 124 which I use in more guns but I use whichever will shoot POA I have a tauri 905 that loves 147s.I also wouldn't hesatate to use 115+p+

October 28, 2007, 11:45 PM
I'm a Winchester Ranger 127gr +P+ type of guy, so I obviously voted 127gr.

October 29, 2007, 12:15 AM
I voted 115 because it functions in my guns*...haven't tried enought 124 to have an opinion yet.

Cor-Bon 115 JHP, Wal-Mart 115 Ball, federal 9BP, and 9BPLE seem to function just dandy. I don't see any need to change.



There are a couple of 9X19s that I haven't fooled around with enough to get a preference. But for the Kahrs, BHPs, and Colt P-9, I'll stay with the 115s mentioned above.


October 29, 2007, 12:43 AM
if it feeds it, doesn't matter....

Ala Dan
October 29, 2007, 07:19 AM
124 grain seems too offer the best of both worlds, good penetration with a fair
amount of expansion~! :scrutiny: :cool: ;)

October 29, 2007, 07:33 AM
My two 9mm guns seem to prefer the 147's for accuracy. I really could not elaborate on penetration or expansion. I have yet to test that.


October 29, 2007, 11:15 AM
YES :what: I did and do want opinions on the 115 grain bullet chambered in 9mm.

Please give me your advise on these grains and which one to use

October 29, 2007, 12:16 PM
the 115 loads I'd recomend would be in no particular order corbon dpx,win ranger +p+ or fed 9bple +p+

October 29, 2007, 12:21 PM
I'm with ALA DAN. 124gr.

BTW, nice win by the VOL'S this weekend. ;)

October 29, 2007, 01:08 PM
i choose the 115gr, the +p+ varient is a great one. as well as the 124+p which is another great alternative. either one will serve you well.

Grandpa Shooter
October 29, 2007, 02:19 PM
Since you did not list what handgun you are wanting to use it in, I would have to say whichever one functions well in YOUR gun. I have played around with most of them in different guns and there is a major difference in what will feed reliably. The 115g that feeds in your gun is a lot better than one heavier that jams it up. Unless you have tons of money to test them all, you're never gonna know for sure.

October 29, 2007, 04:20 PM
I'd say the 124 +P
Gold Dot Short Barrel

I think they understand the subcompact expansion and velocities for their bullet the best.

if this was just my favorite 9mm weight for a full size or 4" gun, then I'd say differently: I'd say 115s in the summer with heavier for the winter, but for the short barrel, I really like the theory and research behind the GDSB.

October 29, 2007, 04:38 PM
Its what is reliable through your magazines and out of the ejection port.

Polls don't count.

I started with 115s and have seen no reason to change. That make/model (115 Federal 9BP, and 9BPLE) was suggested by an aquainence whose observaions I respect. And they were reliable through whatever I have tried them through..to date.

If there is a realistic perceived need for more mass, try a .357, 9X21, 9X23, .40, etc.

It is, I think, the platform, and what is reliable in it, not whats being advertised in the latest magazine article as new.


October 29, 2007, 05:05 PM
I voted 147gr. I carry it. The bigger the better!

October 29, 2007, 05:11 PM
Haven't had a whole lot of experience with each of these weights, but eventually I will. I think the heavier would be better.

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