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9mm Carry Ammo

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

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  1. stumpers

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    I typically use either Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +p or 9mm Nato 124 gr by Winchester
     
  2. bill3424

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    Federal HST, 147gr
     
  3. TarDevil

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    I use Speer Gold Dots, 124 +P.

    I just shoot into gallon water jugs. I've tested the Gold Dots, PDX1, and Remington UMC. I'd carry PDX if I couldn't get Speer.
     
  4. 481

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    Can't go wrong with the PDXs or the Gold Dots. Icing on the cake is that they are bonded.
     
  5. meanmrmustard

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    Double Tap, 124 gr. Gold Dots topping their +P load.
     
  6. Dean1818

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    I did a backyard test with milkjugs filled with wet newspaper, and 4 layers of bluejeans on the first jug.

    I tested many types but the Corbon DPX outshined every other brand I tested
    With the exception of the HST. (it was close)

    Better penetration and better expansion

    Corbons are my carry choice in all my pistols
     
  7. rxspeed88

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    winchester pdx-1 124grn +p
     
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  8. Checkman

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    Federal 115 grain +P+ JHP in my 26. Federal HST 124 grain +P JHP in my 19 because that is what my department issues me.
     
  9. lpsharp88

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    I ended up getting a Beretta M9 (was on my list anyway) and got Hornady Critical Duty 135gr +p, was all that was available.
     
  10. danoam

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    I used to carry 124 gr Golden Sabres, now I carry either Federal HST or Speer Gold Dots, both 124 gr +P

    Sent from my Droid X2 using Tapatalk 2 when I should probably be doing something else.
     
  11. PabloJ

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    Found several packs of Federal law enforcement JHPs 'HST' at $29 per box of 50. Bought several boxes and that is what my revolver is loaded with. I think bullet weight is 124gr.
     
  12. Lj1941

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    Amazing

    It is incredible that I see so many preferring hotter +P & +P+ loads. I would prefer to try different loads and select which load worked best in my particular weapon. As most of us know- a faster, higher velocity load is usually not the best or the most accurate and in a SD load over-penetration is always a possibility/danger. Just my $.02 worth. Your mileage will vary.
     
  13. AnthonySmithXR

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    I love 124gr +p gold dot. There's also some +p+ Corbon stuff I've used. Wouldn't shoot that too often though.


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  14. MCMXI

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    Why do you think that faster = more penetration? Penetration is a function of expansion too which is a function of bullet design. I haven't done any backyard testing with milk jugs and phone books but I have done quite a bit with ballistic gelatin and it's convinced me that any of the top tier brands are more than adequate IF they function reliably in your particular firearm.

    I carry Remington Golden Saber 124gr bonded and non bonded for no other reason than they function flawlessly in my SIG P239, they're more than accurate enough and I get them at a very reasonable price.
     
  15. meanmrmustard

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    Huh?

    Where are you ascertaining that higher speed equates to deeper penetration?
     
  16. No4Mk1*

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    While +p is more likely to expand it will often not penetrate as deeply as standard pressure ammo. The increased expansion slows the projectile down faster.

    A similar situation exists with rifle rounds ex; A nosler partition can penetrate more if impact velocity is in the mid 2500fps range than >3000 (source nosler reloading handbook 4th ed)

    After studying ordnance gelatin results and the San Diego autopsy study i have chosen 147gr JHP as my load.
     
  17. AnthonySmithXR

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    I'm interested in these studies. Will you please point me to a source?


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  18. Dave Arff

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    Glock Gen 4 hickup has been reported to be one of two things in most cases.
    limp wrist, but in the Gen 4 they don't particularly like light LOADS. Shoot much better with a hotter round. But if you're having a problem with that you can contact Glock and they will send you a new spring free of charge.
     
  19. orionengnr

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    Lots of good 9mm loads these days.

    Every test I have seen shows the CorBon DPX (all-copper Barnes bullet) being exceptionally consistent in expansion regardless of the medium or intermediate material/barrier, so that is my choice (when I carry a 9mm). Only downside is that they are pricey and hard to find. (One of the previous posters mentions the ASYM Precision 115 SDX Solid Copper +P--a quick check show that it is the same bullet loaded into "somebody's" case using "some" powder. Probably just as good, but since I have never heard of ASYM, and CorBon has been around since IIRC the 80s...you know which way I'm going.)

    I would also trust the Ranger SXT, Federal HST, Gold Dot and most any modern JHP made by a first-tier manufacturer.

    Whether you choose 115, 124/127, 135 or 147, there are good choices in each weight. I like +p because a short barrel loses velocity, and the +p 'may" regain some of that.

    Just make sure to test and verify that your choice functions 110% reliably (some recommend 200 rounds)...then buy enough of it so you won't have to re-do the exercise six months from now.

    At the best of times, this is be a difficult and expensive proposition. These days, it is an almost impossible one, so it may be a matter of "what can you get?" and going with that for now.
     
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    Summary by smart people, including a Dr. Roberts, "DocGKR" on certain gun forums, listed with 22 years of Naval service performing combat trauma and wound ballistic research and currently DDS at a large west coast teaching hospital and Level I trauma center.

    http://www.ar15.com/ammo/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ/index.htm
     
  22. hank327

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    I like the Winchester Ranger T 127 grain +P+ or the Speer Gold Dot 124 grain +P best.
    For standard pressure 9mm, I like the old Federal Classic 115 grain JHP BP.
     
  23. arflattop

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    I'm a Hornady fan myself, the FTX bullets seem to make sense and the local PD uses them. Hornady's website seems to indicate that their Critical Defense line is formulated with shorter barreled defense weapons in mind, while their Criitical Duty line is for full sized duty weapons and shooting through barriers.

    That being said, I use Critical Duty 135gr +P in my Glock 19.

    I don't think you can go wrong with Hornady, gold dot, HST, etc. They're all gonna hurt.
     
  24. ldlfh7

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    Honestly any hollow point round will stop your attacker. Don't over think it. Get whatever you can find these days.
     
  25. AnthonySmithXR

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    Well, based on the data posted above, maybe not.


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