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9mm 147 Grain: Yes or No?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bg226, Nov 25, 2009.


Do you use 9mm 147 grain for defense?

  1. Yes, I use 147 grain for defense.

    117 vote(s)
  2. No, I do not.

    116 vote(s)
  1. bg226

    bg226 Well-Known Member

    Do you use 147 grain for defense? Why or why not?
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2009
  2. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    I use 124 gr or 115 gr. Both in +P format.
  3. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    147 gr is the most accurate in my S&W, Taurus, and Beretta handguns. I realize that they don't generally expand as well as lighter bullets but I'm willing to give that up for the accuracy. If you're counting on violent bullet expansion to make up for poor marksmanship you're fooling yourself.
  4. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Well-Known Member

    124gr +P Speer Gold Dots for me.
  5. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

    Same goes for me.
  6. Kangspec

    Kangspec Well-Known Member

    i think best way is, find out by testing both gr's.

    according to many reviews, HST 147gr do better job than 124gr.
  7. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    It will get the job done if you hit the right spots.
  8. BushyGuy

    BushyGuy Well-Known Member

    i only use 147gr in my 9mm cuz the lighter bullets wont penetrate barriers as deep as a 147 gr JHP will . what if a self defense scenario requires to shoot thru barriers? 147gr is the best choice either Hydra-shoks ,Hornady 147 CQ TAP, RangersSXT, and Gold Dots.
  9. lions

    lions Well-Known Member

    No, I use 124gr. for defense. If I wanted heavier bullets I would choose a different caliber.
  10. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I haven't carried 9mm for some time, but if I did, I would use 147 gr, because I would be WISHING I had a bigger caliber. From what I understand, 147 gr bullets have come a long way since they were introduced.
  11. mp510

    mp510 Well-Known Member

    I carry 124 grain Guardian Golds.

    However, I do have some 147 grain FMJ for range use (because of velocity).
  12. sidheshooter

    sidheshooter Well-Known Member

    This is my understanding as well. Of course, the same can be said for the 115 and 124 loadings, so I'm taking my uprgraded designs in those weights instead.
  13. novalty

    novalty Well-Known Member

    I use standard pressure 124gr Remington Golden Sabers. The expansion is amazing. I'm sure there are probably some better out there, but I really do like the Golden Sabers.
  14. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    Remington Golden Saber or Speer Gold Dot both in 124 gr. in my bride's Glock 17 and daughter's Glock 19 Refresh the store bought ammo supply about every five years and at that time reassess terminal ballistics based on latest technology and trusted test sources.
  15. Shytheed Dumas

    Shytheed Dumas Well-Known Member

  16. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

    Yes! Federal HST. Better penetration and it does expand!
  17. Man With A Gun

    Man With A Gun Well-Known Member

    STAY AWAY FROM LOW VELOCITY ( Sub sonic ) 147 grain loads.

    This was an FBI mistake in thinking a heavy, slow slug would do the job.

    The NEW stuff is great in +P loadings.
  18. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    No. They don't function reliably in a CZ.

  19. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    It would be a good 124 Gr round for me, but I have never carried my EMP.......yet. :cool:
  20. wheel

    wheel Active Member

    Posted by Man_With_A_Gun:

    STAY AWAY FROM LOW VELOCITY ( Sub sonic ) 147 grain loads.
    This was an FBI mistake in thinking a heavy, slow slug would do the job.
    The NEW stuff is great in +P loadings.

    That is not completely accurate.
    The Federal HST 147gr (normal pressure, subsonic) is the best 9mm load available today. I used to use 124gr Gold Dots, but HST is newer technology and is superior. Countless tests (both amateur and professional) show it produces huge expansion (far better than others) with good penetration. They do offer a +P version, but it's not significantly better, if at all. And the .45 HST 230gr +P is equally impressive. Some links with results are below. In most of the pictures you can spot the HST round immediately, with the huge expanded petals. One shows it completely covering a nickel :eek:




    Last edited: Nov 26, 2009

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