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124gr vs 147gr 9mm

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by thump_rrr, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. thump_rrr

    thump_rrr Well-Known Member

    What are the advantages or disadvantages of one vs the other?
    They will be shot through an HK P30-L for target shooting IPSC production division.

    For some reason I can get the 147gr at a 10% savings over the 124gr.
  2. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I generally like the heavier bullet for target shooting with any handgun. Less perceived recoil and easier to get back on target. Add to that less propellant with the heavier bullet and I think that it is a winner all around. IF your handgun will shoot accurately with the heavier bullet that is. All of mine have but it is not unheard of to have problems IIRC. If you match the propellant speed and projectile weight there should be no problem with accuracy I would think as long as you can hit the required power factor if needed. I like the Missouri Bullet 147 grain in all my 9MM handguns for accuracy.
  3. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Since you are shooting production with minor power factor loads, if your match stages have metal poppers, heavier 147 gr bullet loads will knock them down even though they recoil lighter/shoot softer than 124 gr loads.

    This is from Atlanta Arms & Ammo match ammo page
    More comments on minor PF loads
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013
  4. thump_rrr

    thump_rrr Well-Known Member


    Zero brand are exactly what I'm looking to purchase.
    Hopefully there will be some left for me when I get there tomorrow.

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