Best regular load 9mm ammo for Personal/Home Defense


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gabs556
February 19, 2012, 05:32 PM
Hi folks,

Just looking for opinions as to what are the best regular load 9mm ammo out there for PD/HD.

Thanks!

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narcoden
February 19, 2012, 05:46 PM
I prefer Hornady critical defense in my glock 19 for my home defense.

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theicemanmpls
February 19, 2012, 06:03 PM
I carried this when I carried for a living. Can't tell you how it works other then it functioned in my G-17C just fine.

It is my understanding it has been used by the cops for years.

Here is a study posted on another site.

Take your pick.

Remember to run at least one box of your choice though your selected weapon.
Make sure it works.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258792

earlthegoat2
February 19, 2012, 06:03 PM
I would go for a 115 gr Gold Dot or similar. I would think a lighter bullet would be advantageous in the HD arena.

But maybe not.

I keep all my 9mms stoked with 124 gr standard pressure Gold Dots.

WvHiker
February 19, 2012, 06:09 PM
I like 124gr Remington Golden Sabres. They are easy to get and always feed, which is really the most important thing. Any modern hollowpoints from a reputable maker that feeds in your gun will probably be just fine. A lot of people agonize over ammo choice, but if you place 'em where you need to and shoot until the threat stops you'll be in good shape.

FMF Doc
February 19, 2012, 06:38 PM
depends what you are shooting it out of:
Ruger LC9- Remington Golden Sabre 124gr JHP
Glock 19- Speer Gold Dot 124gr+P
Glock 34 / CZ 75B- Remington Golden Sabre 147gr+P

Based on weight, size, recoil and barrel length and even individual firearm, the answer to this question changes. These have been my best results.

gabs556
February 19, 2012, 07:04 PM
Cool! Thanks for all your input, keep em coming.

Just wanna repeat that I'm NOT looking for + P or +P+ ammo. :)

Mykey
February 19, 2012, 07:08 PM
I like 124gr Remington Golden Sabres.

Ditto!, these bullets shoot great and accurate from my DB9.

JoeMal
February 19, 2012, 07:17 PM
Gold Dot 147gr. sit in my bedside G17

wlewisiii
February 19, 2012, 10:42 PM
Define "regular".

I have a Glock 19. I carry this:
http://www.sgammo.com/product/winchester/50rd-9mm-winchester-ranger-127gr-p-t-series-ra9ta

I refuse to pay rifle prices for handgun ammo & I especially refuse to buy the way overpriced 20 round boxes. Especially since you should run a box of carry ammo through every month. Yeah, I know, most people only shoot the cheapest they can buy or reload but if you're going to carry it, you need to stay current with it regularly. I used to carry a S&W 642 but stopped when I realized I wasn't shooting my carry load enough to be safe, much less proficient, with it. It was too painful. I put a box of the RA9TA through my Glock and actually enjoy it more than the cheap Federal I have.

Certaindeaf
February 19, 2012, 11:56 PM
I used to like the old Remington 115gr HP. It'd expand on a jackrabbit yet hold together hitting gravel. This has/(had?) about the best feed profile ever for a hollow point.
115gr Silvertips always seemed to expand well but wouldn't hold together as well as the Remington.

Winkman822
February 20, 2012, 08:54 AM
I've had great luck with the 147 gr. Remington Bonded Golden Saber, 124 gr. +P Remington Bonded Golden Saber,124 gr. Federal HST, 124 gr. Speer Gold Dot and 115 gr. +P Corbons. My personal favorite of the lot, however is the HST. All the others fed fired and ejected, but I found the performance with the HST to strike the best balance of accuracy, velocity, expansion, reliability, and mild recoil in my Springfield EMP. I've just now started to field different JHP rounds through my Sig Sauer P226 after 400 rounds of FMJ, but thus far it has done quite well with the 147 gr. Bonded Golden Sabers and the 124 gr. +P Bonded Golden Sabers.

briansmithwins
February 20, 2012, 10:52 AM
I've used these and have been happy with them:

Federal 9BPLE 115gr +P+
Gold Dots 124gr +P
Remington 9MM6 115gr +P
Corbon 115gr +P

I also use Corbon 100gr +P Powerball for problem guns that don't like to feed JHPs.

BSW

ATLDave
February 20, 2012, 10:57 AM
I've got my HD pistol loaded with Corbon 115 +P's. I figure light-for-caliber is preferable from the over-penetration perspective - I live in the city, so my house is close to many others. In the same vein, I have some 135gr Corbons for my 10mm, but that's not the primary weapon, since my wife can't reliably overcome the recoil spring to operate the slide.

NG VI
February 20, 2012, 01:16 PM
I personally like the 147 grain HST best, in either standard pressure or +P. Out of a full-size pistol, the standard pressure penetrates slightly better and the +P gets a hair more expansion, but in either flavor it and the current generation Ranger-T are the widest expanding bullets out there and still penetrate an acceptable distance reliably.

Also it's pretty much the ideal load for a shorter barreled pistol.

mljdeckard
February 20, 2012, 01:28 PM
If I still carried a 9mm (And my wife may start soon,) I would probably carry 147 gr HST, standard pressure.

Certaindeaf
February 20, 2012, 01:56 PM
What's the deal about non +P? They are designed for it easy..
When you might actually need to drop the hammer is about 1/1000000 or essentially never.
People generally accept that in motor racing, that motor should be just shy of fragged/exploded for any given race and hence be replaced and or rebuilt and it's really just a game, not life or death.
It's not like they're poison pills or anything.

mljdeckard
February 20, 2012, 02:13 PM
From what I have experienced, standard pressure has plenty of penetration. I don't want to beat up my gun with hotter loads if it isn't necessary.

SEE IT LIKE A NATIVE
February 20, 2012, 02:15 PM
I like the Rem golden sabre in any caliber ! I have used them in .357 mag , .45 acp and 9 mm ! they are all reasonable recoil , low flash and great bullet design ! They work ! I would prefer 147 grain in most guns except the really small subcompacts then I would go to 124 grain ! Kevin

Certaindeaf
February 20, 2012, 02:19 PM
From what I have experienced, standard pressure has plenty of penetration. I don't want to beat up my gun with hotter loads if it isn't necessary.
I wasn't talking about "beating up" guns, I was talking of stored/potential energy.

Vonderek
February 20, 2012, 04:20 PM
Just wanna repeat that I'm NOT looking for + P or +P+ ammo
124gr Gold Dots

golden
February 20, 2012, 06:03 PM
My concealed carry ammo is FEDERAL Hydro-Shok 124 grain jhp. This is one of the most accurate rounds I have every shot and has a very good street record.
I use +P+ Hydro-Shok at home because my house gun is a BERETTA 92D, not a compact, so recoil is not an issue.

As a second choice, I would go with the standard FEDERAL jhp round. It had a good record before the premium bullet and +P+ loads took over the LEO market. I have also found this to be an accurate load.

As a combo practice, carry load, I would go with the 100 round boxes of REMINGTON 115 jhp. This stuff is so inexpensive that I can use it as a practice ammo, plus it is among the most likely to feed rounds due to the bullet design.

Those are the choices I actually use for 9m.m. in my HD/CCW pistols.

Jim

Mikey Idaho
February 20, 2012, 07:24 PM
In all honesty as long as it feeds well in your handgun anything from a respected manufactor is fine. Personally I only use Hornady Critical Defense in my S&W M&P9 and Diamondback DB380, trust it with my life

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squarles67
February 20, 2012, 09:13 PM
http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ/index.htm#9mm

W.E.G.
February 20, 2012, 09:20 PM
I don't think there is ANY current-production 9mm hollow-point that is not an effective home defense load.

Whatever you settle on, run a couple boxes through your gun to make sure the gun likes it as much as you do.

bikerdoc
February 20, 2012, 09:25 PM
I don't think there is ANY current-production 9mm hollow-point that is not an effective home defense load.

Whatever you settle on, run a couple boxes through your gun to make sure the gun likes it as much as you do.


WEG beat me to it.

I also like 9mm Federay hydrahock.

ok642
February 28, 2012, 12:57 PM
I use Gold Dot 124+ P

Corbon DPX 115 +P

Winchester Ranger T 124+P

Federal HST

If you want a non plus P get the Gold Dot 124

Don't waste your money at the stores buying the 20 round boxes. Find a retailer that sells the 50 round boxes. I get mine at SG Ammo

Lee D
February 28, 2012, 01:15 PM
buy several different brands and use what your gun shoots best.

TarDevil
February 28, 2012, 03:55 PM
+1 for Gold Dot 124 g. When I can't find those, Golden Sabres, Winchester PDX1, or Federal HS. They're all good!

johnnydollar
February 29, 2012, 12:03 AM
I like Gold Dots and Rem. Golden Sabers in 124 grn, and Hornady Critical Defense in 115 grn.

Cowboybootnut
February 29, 2012, 04:28 PM
I go for the theory that heavy is better (147 JHP), especially in regular sized 9mms, like a Glock 17, CZ 75B, etc. For shorter barrels, I like 124+P JHP. I stay away from 115 JHP.

qcsmitty
February 29, 2012, 09:15 PM
If I still carried a 9mm (And my wife may start soon,) I would probably carry 147 gr HST, standard pressure.
This, Ranger T 147g or Winchester 147 g PDX1.

Nico Testosteros
February 29, 2012, 10:03 PM
The Sellier and Bellot 115gr JHP is pretty good. Maybe not the best, but pretty good in my opinion .

MikeNice
March 1, 2012, 12:30 AM
For me, I carry 147gr Winchester Ranger Bonded. They perform amazingly and always go bang. My CZ P-07 shoots very well with them.

My wife's Glock 26 prefers 115gr or 124gr. So, in her gun it is Golden Saber 124gr. I have tested them and they do very well. In tests run in a more scientific manner they have regularly achieved 12" of penetration and .6" of expanded diameter.

Autolycus
March 1, 2012, 01:09 AM
I like Speer Gold Dots. They work for me in my Glock 19. However they might not be the best for you. I would suggest firing a few different ammo types and see what works best for you.

Jath
March 1, 2012, 02:06 AM
The three best rounds in 9mm are all new(ish) rounds.

The first is Winchester Ranger T,
Then Hornady Critical Defense, (most reliable ammo on the market, will not jam in any gun)
Then Winchester PDX1,

Speer Gold Dot used to be the police standard, but there is better and more reliable rounds listed above.
Golden Sabre is a great round, but it's in the same boat as Gold Dot.

Jath
March 1, 2012, 02:15 AM
Oh, and as for heavier always being better, it's not true.

Physics lesson,

Energy remaining the same, a heavier slower round will penetrate more and cause a thinner wound channel. A lighter round will penetrate less and cause a wider wound channel.

The desired effect of a round in most situations is to penetrate to a desired depth and stop, leaving all it's energy in the target in the form of tissue damage.

A heavier round has more potential to fly through walls and hit innocent people, while a lighter round will have a higher probability of staying in the target, and causing more damage.

That being said, in general, lighter bullets tend to have more energy because pressure in the gun is relieved more quickly allowing for more powder. A heavier bullet stays in the barrel longer causing pressure to stay higher, meaning they have to reduce powder. The heavier bullets have less energy.

Heavy bullets do have their uses. Most are sub sonic making them quieter, and they can shoot through thicker people better. But lighter rounds are generally more effective, given the same caliber and round type.

Some of you "experts" may disagree with me, but I have been studying and researching this for a long time. A heavier weight or larger caliber does not necessarily equal better. You have to find the result of the equation.

Dr.Rob
March 1, 2012, 04:24 AM
Remington standard 115 jhp

Federal standard 115 gr jhp

Winchester std 115 gr jhp

These are the least expensive of the 9mm defense loads.

ditto for 124, 147.

They are all marked +p if they are +p.

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