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9mm Defense rounds #2

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 9mmforMe, Nov 19, 2012.

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  1. 9mmforMe

    9mmforMe Well-Known Member

    Ok guys, lets continue the conversation on 9mm defense rounds. This time let's not have the bickering and nonsense that dominated the other "Defence" thread or I will shut it down long before the mods do.

    With that said...what say you?:D

    I gravitate toward 147gr HPs and they dont need to be premium stuff.

    What are your thoughts and do you have any experiments with pictures to show us your research?

    115? 124? 147?
  2. gbeecher

    gbeecher Well-Known Member

    Shot placement & penetration

    I personally feel that a heavier bullet weight is better, but I think that correct shot placement is #1 and penetration is vital. The 9mm Luger has had a long history of police, military and defensive use and is still regarded as more than adequate. Whatever works reliably in your firearm and is something you can shoot accurately will do! :)
  3. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I like, well ... all the "major" brands: Remington, Speer, Winchester, Cor-Bon, Federal and etc. At one time or another, all have been adequately tested (the respective factory, FBI and etc.) and found to about as good as you can expect. None are perfect, there is no magic bullet, shot placement is indeed king and frankly ammunition choice is little more than an educated guess at best.

    I go with the heavier bullet choices for SD: 124 grain for 9mm, 180 grain for 40 cal/10mm and 230 grain for 45 ACP generally although I do sometimes consider season and expected clothing and go with 150/155 for 10mm.
  4. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    If you like 9mm 147 gr. "not premium" JHPs, this might be of interest you-

    I tested this round in water (a valid tissue simulant) quite some time ago and the analysis below uses the recovery data to yield a prediction of the test bullet's performance in calibrated 10% ordnance gelatin.


    Here is the Schwartz bullet penetration model analysis for the test:

    WinchesterUSA 9mm 147 gr. JHP (USA9JHP2) v. four layers of 2 ounce cotton fabric

    Recovered Projectile Data:
    Average Recovered Diameter: 0.583 inch (1.645x caliber)
    Retained Mass: 147.6 grains
    Impact Velocity: 979.2 feet per second

    Predicted Performance:
    Penetration Depth (S) = 33.508 cm (13.192 inches)
    Permanent Wound Cavity Mass (MPC) = 49.163 grams (1.734 ounces)

    I think it did surprisingly well for "economy" ammo.
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  5. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    The "carry" 9s for me are a LC9 currently and a G26 on the way. I've boarded the SB bandwagon, and load with Speer GDSB. Accurate, controllable, reduced muzzle flash, engineered for short barrels. Factory version of what I would handload.

    There are many loads that will get the job done, but I have confidence in this one - and that's one less concern. Shot placement is key.
  6. 9mmforMe

    9mmforMe Well-Known Member


    Absolutely awesome! The 147gr WWB PP JHPs are my carry round (Ruger P95PR15). Good to know they perform well in your simulation. Thank you much, my friend.

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  7. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    I think we'll be OK on this thread because Defense was spelled correctly from the git go.
  8. hariph creek

    hariph creek Well-Known Member

    I think 'fences make good neighbors.
  9. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    Isn't it the earlier designs that had failures to expand or plugged up with demin?

    And aren't the non-premium rounds the older unimproved bullet designs?
  10. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    Sure. You are welcome!

    I can post water test results of the 115 gr WWB PP JHPs, too....if you are interested in them.
  11. frank c

    frank c Well-Known Member

    9mm federal 135 gr.tactical HP,winchester ranger 127 gr.+P.:fire:
  12. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Where you place the bullet on the target is far more important than which particular bullet it happens to be -- as long as its capable of achieving adequate penetration.

    I'll always carry the heaviest bullet for the caliber, which means if I carried a 9mm I'd carry 147gr ammo.
  13. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    124gr is not a heavier bullet choice - except that it's heavier than 105 - 115gr And 124gr is the common bullet weight for NATO 9mm ammunition - so I woudn't consider it on the heaver side of the spectrum.

    135gr - 147gr would be the heavier standard loadings in 9mm.
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  14. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    If a JHP fails to expand in water, it won't expand under any circumstances. Many of the standard JHP's will expand under ideal conditions, that being light clothing and a long enough barrel to achieve sufficient velocity.

    The a fore mentioned Winchester 147gr JHP USA ammo failed to expand after passing through the FBI protocol 4 layers of denim in this and an earlier test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptdL842BAqo&playnext=1&list=PLB56C838D41121C1A&feature=results_video

    There are many other 147 gr JHP's that will expand after passing through denim as well as other weights. Notably the more premium ammo like the Winchester Ranger, SXT's, PDX1, Federal HST, Remington Golden Sabers, and Speer Gold Dots perform better.

    Check out other 9mm tests by tnoudoors9 on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=winchester+9mm+tnoutdoors9&oq=winchester+9mm+tnoutdoors9&gs_l=youtube.3...26864.30760.0.32011.
  15. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    124gr HST/XTP

    Thought I would share a few pictures, both the HST and TAP CQ share the same 1150fps MV, but they are designed for different expansion ratios and therefore theoretically penetrate to different depths.

    MacPherson's numbers were calculated by 481. Both bullets passed the 4LD test w/o any problems.

    HST retained its weight;


    Exp 0.566"
    Penetration 12.9"

    The XTP bullet design has a reputation for penetration, let's see;



    Less expansion than the HST, 0.516",
    Deeper penetration, 14.9"

    FWIW, the 147gr XTP at 995fps;
    Exp 0.575",
    Pen 15.7"
  16. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    I am not so sure that I'd be so quick to condemn the performance of the WWB 147 gr. JHP in that case.

    One of the things that I noticed in this wetpack test


    was that the expansion cavity of the WWB was clogged with newsprint from the wetpack which means that the denim layers had to have been dislodged prior to the introduction of the the newsprint material into the cavity. An expansion cavity plugged with newsprint will also fail to upset and expand since the newsprint inhibits the hydraulic force that drives expansion and is one of the reasons that I test in water only.

    I couldn't help but notice that the round fired into water expanded almost as much as mine and wonder if tnoutdoors would've had the same results that I had, had he used a "water only" medium behind four layers of denim instead of the wetpack that was used in the test.
  17. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    Here is a test with the usa white box 147gr that showed better results after passing through denim and into ballistic gel. No actual bullet expansion measurement or chronograph results though.

  18. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    Just a blurb on the 4 denim "test" - a technicality, but it's not an FBI testing protocol. It is an engineering evaluation tool setup by Duncan MacPherson in an effort with the California Highway Patrol.


    It is different from the FBI heavy clothing test. The FBI Heavy Clothing Test Event is a gelatin block covered with four layers of clothing: one layer of cotton T-shirt material (48 threads per inch); one layer of cotton shirt material (80 threads per inch); a 10 ounce down comforter in a cambric shell cover (232 threads per inch); and one layer of 13 ounce cotton denim (50 threads per inch). The block is shot at ten feet, measured from the muzzle to the front of the block.

    But the 4-denim over a block, is a simple exercise that people can do - as oppossed to getting a T-shirt, 80-thread cotton shirt, peice of denim and a 10 ounce down comforter in a cambric shell cover (232 threads per inch). So it's developed into a standard that people like TNOUTDOORS9 use when they make their videos.
  19. otasan56

    otasan56 Well-Known Member

    I carry WW115gr JHP +p+ in my G17. 1400 FPS is a hot load.
  20. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    Because water cannot be compressed it can never be a legitimate medium for bullet testing, nor can it be compared to gelatin tests or to predict performance in living tissue.
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