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Gold Dot 9mm defense load ???

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kmrcstintn, Nov 23, 2006.

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  1. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

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    My current load, Federal Tactical HST 124 grain +p (P9HST3) has become a hard find for me to reacquire. The pistol that the replacement load would be for is a Beretta 9000S with 3 1/2" barrel. I am contemplating Speer Gold Dot 115 grain non +p becasue of its ease to acquire and its bonded construction. The relative stats from Speer on the load look like this: from a 4" barrel, 1225 fps & 383 ft-lbs at the muzzle

    Since it is a shorter barrel load, I am shying away from the heavier loads since expansion is a concern...on the other hand, penetration is also a concern; with the bonded construction, will a 115 grain Gold Dot penetrate deep enough to do the job I need it to?

    BTW: I do not have access to the stuff necessary nor a range that will alllow any type of wetpack or gelatin testing, so please do not tell me to do my own testing...thank you?
     
  2. TOADMAN

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    Speer Gold Dot self defense ammo is top-shelf and will serve you well.. Speer makes 124grn+P short barrel self defense ammo (23611)..Just make sure that your pistol shoots the stuff with no worries prior to cc.. I like the 124grn+p Gold Dots (23617) from Speer and the 147grn+P Gold Dots from Georgia Arms. Don't really care for the 115 grn..
     
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    I, too, subscribe to the heavier bullet theory. It seems like the general population is gaining more and more pounds and I therefore shy away from the 115s. My full size pistol gets 147-gr +Ps but I don't feel bad about 124-gr +P either.

    The Gold Dots are impressive and I have heard very little if any problems with them getting excellent expansion and retained weight.
     
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    127 +P+ Rangers in my G19...works fine and hits hard
     
  6. kokapelli

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    The 124 gr +P Gold Dot for short barrels looks pretty good to me.

    This is from the stoppingpower.net forum.

    10% Ballistic Gelatin Tests for:
    Speer 9mm 124 gr +p GDHP Short Barrel

    Testing Platform:
    Glock 26

    Barrier:
    Four Layers of Denim

    TEST RESULTS:

    Penetration: 16.00”
    Recovered Weight: 125.5 gr.
    Expansion*: .536 cal.
    Velocity: 1212 fps


    The Speer website also indicates that this 9mm load produces more energy and a lot more velocity than the GoldDot round for short barrel 45 acp.
     
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