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Very best home defense ammo for 9mm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by dcludwig, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. dcludwig

    dcludwig New Member

    Mar 10, 2005
    Okay, would like some input/opinions on what you think is the very best home defense ammo for my S & W model 59. I live alone in my house. What would you chose and why? My main goal would be to STOP the intruder, obviously. What do you think of "Extreme Shock Tactical Defense Rounds" or the "Strike Three Home Security Rounds" why or why not these?
  2. Pilot

    Pilot Mentor

    Dec 29, 2002
    I've heard good things about Federal Hydrashocks, 124 gr. +p, so that's what I use in a BHP for home defense. Many others swear by Cor-Bonsm which seem to have the highest velocity of the factory stuff.
  3. George S.

    George S. Participating Member

    Jan 11, 2004
    Western WA
    First, your choice has to absolutely work every time you pull the trigger. You should test, at the very minimum, 200 or more rounds of examples to insure that there are no failures of any kind. Some pistols like different bullet profiles and even loads.

    There are lots of opinions on which round is best for personal protection. My personal choice for my Ruger P89 is Remington Golden Saber in 147gr JHP. It's heavier and slower, but the pics of bullet expansion I had seen convinced me that it is better than the Federal Hydra-Shok in 135gr. FWIW, a lot of the pics I had seen in testing showed that the Federal HS round did not expand anywhere near as well as the Golden Saber or Gold Dot bullets in most calibers.

    There are others that should be good candidates including the Cor-Bon and Speer Gold Dots. One thing that you probably need to consider is missed shots. High velocity rounds can fly thru sheetrock and siding and can pass thru the neighbor's walls. That may not be a good thing to have happen.

    Some folks believe that a shotgun is the best form of in-house protection. Less chance of misses going outside and if you hit a BG at the COM, he will be stopped.
  4. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    In comparison, and on the subject of Federal's Hyra-Shok's if you can
    get ahold of some of the old 9m/m Secret Service Loads I would advise
    you too do so. I have about 12 rounds that was given to me by our PD
    rangemaster; and I use them for home D' in my Smith N' Wesson 6906.

    The standard Hydra-Shok in the 124 grain +P loading is a very good
    round its-self; as is its rival the Speer Gold Dot. Sorry, but I have NO
    experience with those particular makes you mentioned.
  5. Chupacabra

    Chupacabra Active Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Most of the premium brands should be fine for home defense. Golden Sabers, Gold Dots, Hydrashoks, Ranger SXTs...They are all good. Just find which one feeds 100% in your handgun and you are good to go.

    Personally, I avoid anything that has "X-Treme! or Extreme!" in the brand name, but that's just me. :neener:

    Right now I'm carrying 180grain Federal Hydrashoks in my USP40c, for no other reason than that's all the range had for sale at the time. It functions perfectly in my pistol and goes bang every time. I've also carried Remington Golden Sabers.

  6. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    The Democratic People's Republic of New Jersey
    I just picked up a box of Federal Premium Expanding Full Metal Jacket, they're a 124 Gr. 9mm+P with a flat nose tip on the bullet. I got these because where I live, hollow points are considered "Excessive Force" buy the state AG...... :banghead:
  7. TheEgg

    TheEgg Participating Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    I like 9mm (+P+) 124GR. FEDERAL P9HS3G. It works great in my Glocks and SIGs, very accurate.

    I think it will do. But any of the top premium rounds will work just as well, as long as we do our part.
  8. LoadedDrum

    LoadedDrum Active Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    I would like to second Tony's suggestion of Federal EFMJ's because of the reasons he stated and the fact that they are offered in standard bullet weights for optimal penetration and reliabilty. If you have a gun with a really short barrel something to consider would be the Corbon PowR Ball which is 100gr to keep the velocity up. It would be my thought for a Taurus 905 snubbie.
  9. texagun

    texagun Member

    Dec 19, 2003
    North Texas
    If you are worried about penetration thru thin walls and protecting those in other rooms in the house, you might consider MagSafe or Glaser Safety Slugs. They have excellent stopping power (except thru heavy clothing) and shouldn't penetrate normal wall material.
  10. Ohen Cepel

    Ohen Cepel Senior Member

    Feb 4, 2003
    Where they tell me to go
    I don't have experience with either of the rounds you mention.
    However, I think they are hype and way too expensive to shoot hundreds of round of to be sure it works well in your pistol.

    I like the 147hp in 9mm in the flavor of your choice. Buy a box from a couple of the big names, if it works well go back and buy several more boxes of it and keep shooting it to be sure that it's reliable. After 200 rds or so without an issue I would sleep better knowing that it will work. Some people would want more rds fired, personal preferance.
  11. jonnyc

    jonnyc Senior Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    SE Pennsylvania
    Ditto on the wall penetration issue. I have home mags loaded with 124 gr Nyclad HPs, but carry 124 gr +P Gold Dots. I guess the EMF thinggies would be good for the home also. Sure wish Federal hadn't discontinued the Nyclads, very hard to find now.
  12. MR.G

    MR.G Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I keep my S&W model 910S loaded with Winchester Personal Defense 115gr JHP. Keep several additional S&W 15 round magazines loaded with the same at home for the 910 and my KEL-TEC P-11. It costs less than half the price of what I used to buy, and I can afford to practice a lot with it. I pay about $10.00 for a box of 50 at Walmart. I have found it to be accurate and reliable in all of my guns.
  13. SlimeDog

    SlimeDog New Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    I've also found the White Box "Personal Defense" 115 grain JHP to be very accurate and completely reliable (several thousand rounds through a Glock 19 and a Walther P99 without any kind of failure).

    It also appears to work pretty well:


    Use the search feature here, too, and you'll find a fair amount of discussion on WWB 115g JHP and self defense ammo in general.

    I used to worry a lot about having the very "best" ammunition money could buy. In my old age, I just want something reasonably accurate, that always goes bang, and is cheap enough to practice with. Even the best .45 ACP load is underpowered for the job - folks tend to spend a lot of time worrying about things that can only change a handgun's effectiveness from "marginal" to "slightly less marginal." Your best bet is to make lots of good hits quickly (or use a 12 gauge). Don't fret about too much about whether to use 124g +P Gold Dots or 147g Rangers. Just practice a bunch so you can make good COM hits with whatever modern JHP load you decide on.

    Just my humble opinion.
  14. Joe D

    Joe D Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    What is important is how the ammo performs after it has passed through clothing. Many brands of ammo expand wonderfully in bare gelatin. Many fail when shot through clothes.
    Two that come to mind that perform well after passing through clothes are the 127 gr +P+ Ranger Talon and the 147 gr RT. The 147 gr load is much easier to shoot and very effective.
  15. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Senior Member

    Mar 20, 2003
    At The Range
    Another vote for 127 grain +P+ Ranger Talon, the 115 grain +P Cor-Bon would be another good one.

    Just my .02,
  16. Marshall

    Marshall Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    Oklahoma, Green Country
    I'm loaded with 147gr Federal Hydroshoks. But I like many others, Gold Dots, Rangers and even Speer Lawman believe it or not.
  17. BushyGuy

    BushyGuy Active Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    at the end of the world..
    no one mentioned Hornady Tap 124 gr ,i currently carry them in my 9mm i trust them th emost cuz they are hand inspected and they look promising to me i also have a box of 147 gr hydrashok and a box of 115 gr gdhp and a box of the 147 gr too i decide to put the hornady 124gr TAP cq i my gu and in my extra mag.
  18. Hostile Amish

    Hostile Amish member

    Jun 7, 2008
    I use TAP, used to use Hydrashocks but I prefer the TAP.
  19. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    In no particular order:

    Federal HST
    Speer Gold Dot (what I currently use)
    Winchester Ranger SXT
  20. gmh1013

    gmh1013 Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    Phoenix AZ
    124 grain Speer Gold Dots in SIGpro
    and 147 grain Federal's in Taurus PT917

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