I have a small cache of Winchester's Supreme 147 gr. SXT 9mm load, purchased for cheap when Gaylan's was bought out by Dick's. I believe it has recently been discontinued in favor of the new bonded civilian loads. I know that Winchester did not release in-house gelatin results since is was not an LE load.
What to people think about it for defensive use? How about short barrel (3.25") CCW?
Here is a link to a picture of the ammo-
Here is a link to testing results from Firearms Tactical-
They seem to offer modest expansion (0.46"-0.52") and deep penetration (16.6"-18"+).
I prefer (and carry in my "off-duty" Glock 17) the Hornady 147 gr. TAP "CQ" XTP JHP because it offers moderate expansion (~1.5x caliber) and deep penetration (14"-18") depending on the barrier encountered and would not hesitate to carry it since it is doing pretty much what *I* ask of CQSD duty ammunition but, YMMV.
Others who prefer a faster, more fragile/expansive bullet with somewhat shallower penetration probably won't like it at all.
If it's all that you can find for the meantime, don't lose any sleep over it and get something else (if you object to this particular load) when the opportunity presents itself.
July 21, 2009, 05:27 PM
Thanks to everybody for their responses! :)
I will do some of my own testing and see what I think.
andre73- You have a great youtube site! Outstanding work!
I was kind of surprised that the SXT's shed their jackets.
Just goes to show that one person's test can yield completely different results than the next guys...
July 21, 2009, 07:09 PM
Thanks! - I was also suprised that the jacket was shed on these.
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