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Best regular load 9mm ammo for Personal/Home Defense

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gabs556, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. gabs556

    gabs556 New Member

    Hi folks,

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

  2. narcoden

    narcoden Member

    I prefer Hornady critical defense in my glock 19 for my home defense.

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  3. theicemanmpls

    theicemanmpls Well-Known Member


    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.

  4. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. WvHiker

    WvHiker Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. FMF Doc

    FMF Doc Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. gabs556

    gabs556 New Member

    Cool! Thanks for all your input, keep em coming.

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

    Mykey Well-Known Member

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

    JoeMal Well-Known Member

    Gold Dot 147gr. sit in my bedside G17
  10. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    Define "regular".

    I have a Glock 19. I carry this:

    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.
  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    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.
  12. Winkman822

    Winkman822 Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    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.

  14. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    If I still carried a 9mm (And my wife may start soon,) I would probably carry 147 gr HST, standard pressure.
  17. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    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.
  18. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member

    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
  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I wasn't talking about "beating up" guns, I was talking of stored/potential energy.

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