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Best Ammo for Glock 19?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MoBSix, Oct 5, 2010.

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  1. MoBSix

    MoBSix Member

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    After some research, I believe that I am going to buy a Glock 19 for concealed carry. The question now is, What is the best ammo for the shooting range? I am looking for good quality, but cheap, and easy on the weapon. Also, what would the best ammo for self/home defense and concealed carry? Price isn't an issue when it comes to my family's life, so what 2 choices would you suggest?
     
  2. lions

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    Best range ammo for Glock 19... just make sure it says 9mm and you're good.

    For SD ammo there is a thread going about it here.
     
  3. MoBSix

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    Thank you.

    I heard that +P ammo is bad for glocks, is this true?
     
  4. FatPants

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    Best range ammo for a 9mm glock?
    The cheapest stuff you can get your hands on.

    I carry 124gr Winchester Bonded Rangers, and Hornady Critical Defense 115gr in the 9mm's that I carry
     
  5. David E

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    My Glox don't mind +P

    You'd have to shoot 1000's and 1000's and 1000's of +P rds to prove different.......if then.

    Total non-issue.
     
  6. REAPER4206969

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    Glock's can safety fire any factory ammo. Even super hot, near P (Proof) level open bolt SMG only loads like Hirtenberger L7A1 (not recommended though.)
     
  7. MoBSix

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    I have been advised to get Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP for self defense. What website would be recommended to get these from?
     
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    That's an excellent load. You should be able to find it at most gun shops.
     
  9. MoBSix

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    I will definately buy it from a local gunstore if they have it, but if they don't, or it is too expensive, is there a website that sells them cheap or in bulk? I will be breaking in my new G19 as soon as I get it with about 200 or so rounds of cheap ammo, and then 100 or so of the Speer ammo to make sure there are no bugs in it.
     
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    Ammunitiontogo.com has 124 gr GDHPs. 500 for about 220 USD, IIRC. Be advised that they are not +P, but that is an amazing price.
     
  11. Sgt_R

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    That's my personal favorite 9mm SD round. I buy 'em at Ammunition To Go. They usually stock the 50/500 round boxes, but it looks like all they have are the 20/200 round boxes right now. Check back later.

    R
     
  12. MoBSix

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    When it says short barrel, does that matter for the G19?
     
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    Personally I carry 124gr Gold Dot +p ammo in all my glocks and 1911s. Its good stuff and it feeds fine in all my handguns.
     
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    It's a Glock. It'll eat whatever you want to feed it. +P? +P+? Whatever. It will not care, and it'll keep on chugging away until you're bored of shooting it
     
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    Just make sure that whatever you shoot has jacketed or all-copper bullets--as long as there is no exposed lead on the sides of the bullets, you should be alright.
     
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    Any name brand hollow point would be fine for SD ammo. I'd probably stoke it with +P fodder.

    As far as range ammo goes, my G17 and G26 both get a steady diet of Monarch 115 grain FMJ. 10 or 11 bucks a box is the going rate at Academy. It's not as cheap as it once was but I almost can't reload it at that price.
     
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    Anything in 9mm should do just fine :)
     
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    Manco is correct, lead bullets can be dangerous in polygonal barrels, be sure and use something jacketed.
     
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    funny, I have never had a problem with hardcast LEAD bullets
     
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    I suggest a +P load for the Glock 19. I have owned most of the 9mm Glocks. IME with several guns the G19s have been the most sensitive to "limp wristing". The +P ammo helps to prevent this problem if your grip is less than perfect under stress etc.

    Glocks were designed for the 124gr NATO load which is very similar to SAAMI +P.

    I use the 124gr +P Gold Dot in my G19s and G17s.
     
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    I've got a Glock 26 and I've fed it everything from Sellier & Belloit 124 grain round nose, to handloads using Berry's 124 grain hollow points and have never had a hic-cup. For a gun that costs less than $600, I'd consider it a best buy. Enjoy your gun and don't worry about what you feed it. There is one possible exception, I've never used Russian ammo with unloadable steel shells, so I can't speak for those.
     
  22. MoBSix

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    Thank you for the information!
     
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    Does anyone know a good site to buy the Glock 19 from?
     
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    Loads I've chrono'd out of my Gen 1 Glock 19 have statistically the same velocity (+/= 1/2 SD) of the same loads out of my Beretta 92 with longer barrel. A polygonal rifled barrel generally produces higher velocity than a conventionally rifled barrel of the same length. You are not giving any thing up vleocity wise with the barrel length of the 19.

    As for self defense ammo, there's not enough difference between any of the police loads or commercial premium loads of the type that are also sold to police departments to make any difference. Gold Dots, Golden Sabers, Hydra Shoks, HST's, PDX, Rangers, SXT's, Critical Defense, XTP's, and a host of others all work well. Right now my flavor choice is Ranger partitions in my 19 and other types in some of my other 9mm.s.

    Shop our local dealers, you have to go through one any way and saving $20 from an on line source will cost you another $30 to $50 for next day mail and the FFL transfer by one on the dealers. Visit a few stores, most that sell handguns will have a selection of Glocks.
     
  25. Sgt_R

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    Buy locally. New in box should run close to $500, used maybe $100-150 less. You probably won't find a significantly cheaper price anywhere online, and if you do, S&H + FFL fees are going to eat into your savings anyway.

    R
     
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