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9mm Carry Ammo

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by lpsharp88, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. lpsharp88

    lpsharp88 Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna pick up a Glock 26 (hopefully tomorrow) and add it to the carry rotation (also carry a G23). I was wondering what you all use? +p or no, 115 gr, 124 gr, 147 gr? I know I need to figure out what works best in my gun, just wanting to know the pros and cons of the available options.
  2. dbp

    dbp Well-Known Member

    Have a G26 as well. I use Hornady Critical Duty 135gr for carry ammo and anything I can get my hands on at this point for practice (it shoots anything with no problems).
  3. Bigkrackers

    Bigkrackers Well-Known Member

    I just picked up my first Glock (19) and decided on Speer Gold Dot 115 gr. I like Gold Dot and have used it in my 1911 for a while.
  4. lpsharp88

    lpsharp88 Well-Known Member

    Thanks a lot. I had read about the newer 9mm Glocks having some hiccups (maybe just the G19, I forget), so I wasn't sure if hotter ammo would be required
  5. dbp

    dbp Well-Known Member

    Nah- mine is a Gen 4 and it eats anything. I've shot 115gr, 124gr, FMJ CCI, Federal, WWB, etc. and the 135gr Hornady JHP. Up to 800 rounds now and not a hiccup with any of it.
  6. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    I use Remington Golden Saber 124gr BJHP non-plus-p (GS9MMB) because I've convinced myself I hit best with it.

    Whether real or imagined is unimportant, that I believe it is what's important.
  7. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    ASYM Precision 115 SDX Solid Copper +P.
  8. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    I run Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel in my 26 - but it'll eat anything. The GDSB has less muzzle flash and supposed to be faster, as they use a faster burning powder.
  9. lashylash

    lashylash Member

    Federal HST in my G19.
  10. Torian

    Torian Well-Known Member

    For 9mm, my preferred load is the Ranger SXT 127 +p+ loads or Federal HST, neither of which are easy to get due to the baloney policies of only selling directly to LEOs.

    I also like the 115 grain +p+ underwood loads.
  11. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    You have to decide what you want your ammo to do under what conditions, and what information makes you think that any particular ammo is going to do what you want it to.

    I want a round to penetrate to at least 14" under different conditions - through a T-shirt, and through heavy clothing. I don't want ammo that penetrates more than 16"

    I would like it to expand to .65" or greater.

    I like Winchester's 147gr Ranger "T" Series RA9T


    It seems we do this every couple of weeks:






    I searched the number of times I've mentioned RA9T :D
  12. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    I have taken my R9 to the range and using 124gr TMJ Lawman, I am able to make really tight groups with the little pistol shooting at 7 yards.

    As soon as I switch to 147gr the shot group opens up by at least2 inches.

    I'm going to take it to the range again soon and start off shooting 147gr instead of finishing up with 147gr... maybe I wasn't shooting as well at the end of the session.

    But the difference in the size of the shot groups really bugs me... so far...
  13. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    Only one way to find out- gotta shoot it in your gun.

    As for specific loads- I've always favored "heavy-for-caliber" JHPs so I'd go with the 147 gr JHPs.
  14. lpsharp88

    lpsharp88 Well-Known Member

    I carry 180gr in my 23, so that's what I was kind of leaning towards. If it turns out that the lighter loads work better, would +p be advisable?
  15. 45Fan

    45Fan Well-Known Member

    When I owned a G26, I fed it the Fed 9BPLE load. It was accurate, and the gun handled it well. My current load is the Remington 124gr BJHP in the +P variety. The 9BPLE is just a bit hot for my Hi-Power, but the Remington load is warm without beating up my Browning.

    At this point, I think I would settle for what ever I could find, and worry bout the specifics when ammo starts filling back up the shelves around the country.
  16. WRGADog

    WRGADog Well-Known Member

    Winchester Ranger 147 grain JHP Bonded or Remington Golden Saber 147 grain JHP.
  17. Excalibur

    Excalibur Active Member

    Just my 2 cents.....I carry either Gold Dot Short Barrel or Corbon DPX. Both feed well and are accurate. Been told the DPX expands better but haven't shot anyone yet!
  18. Southside830

    Southside830 Well-Known Member

    Speer 115gr +p+ le gold dot. Devastating round.
  19. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    Winchester 115 grn fmj (flat nose) in my edc Browning BDM.
  20. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    While I don't carry a 9mm, if I did it'd be with 147gr ammo.

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