Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bg226, Oct 2, 2010.
Ammunition manufacturers, always seeking the profits are inevitably going to market something "new and improved" tomorrow regardless of their praises and promises of their products today.
If you foster the "warm 'n fuzzies" through proficiency instead bullet performance (which is important only to a point, IMHO), you'll save yourself a lot of fretting and money.
The number of times I changed JHPs (design or weight) for a litany of different reasons, in retrospect, is rather embarrassing. These choices of mine included 115gr, 124gr, 127gr and 147gr, some standard pressure, others +P or +P+. In hindsight, I believe all of them would have served the role just fine if I did my part.
Again, this is only my opinion, but if it's a reputable JHP that works well in your pistol, buy it and be done with it.
In the end a quallity gun, good judgement/training and safe gun handling are probably far more important than ammo choice and probably worthy of more scrutiny...though in 9mm it pays to choose carefully more so than in many other calibers.
In my aluminum framed 3.25" 3913 I use 147 grain Ranger. Great penetration, and very accurate out of the shorter barrel. Not too rough on the light weight compact pistol either. TJ
What does the frame material have to do with it?
The Powerball has some interesting reports also blue tip Glasier.
The nine has been on the back shelf since I got my 27 Glock in .40
Now the Glock 30 is coming out since cold weather has started rolling in.
124gr +P Golden Sabers Bonded in Glock 19, Bersa UC, and Taurus 709
These loads seem to be reliable and accurate in the handguns.
I have not done any expansion tests.
Why? Cuz it what I had available. I'd rather have 115 gr than 0 gr ...
But if you ever shoot Barnes bullets in pistole or rifle there pretty impressive,
and impact and expand like a much heavier bullet.
I bought some federal hst to see how it shoots compared to my plinking rounds. I'd really prefer not to mess with my sights, because they are perfect for target rounds. The rangers shot extremely low compared to where I was aiming.
The 124 & 115 are so close I don't think it matters, but I'll take a little more velocity in hopes I get expansion or better expansion. At close range I think either is likely to pass through and through so sectional sensity may not be as important as a hunting bullet.
An interesting side note, I contacted Speer when I didn't get any expasion from their GDHP Short Barrel 124 gr. +P, and their bullet engineer said he thought denim/jugs "was a fair test." The sales rep also invited me to return the remaining ammo for evaluation and would replace it, including more to cover my shipping costs. Great people to deal with.
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