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Gold Dots - 9mm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Bobson, Nov 6, 2012.

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9mm Gold Dots... Which one?

Poll closed Dec 6, 2012.
  1. 115 grain

    6.5%
  2. 124 grain

    26.9%
  3. 124 grain +P

    51.1%
  4. 147 grain

    15.6%
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  1. Bobson

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    My local Sportsman's Warehouse, which is where I do most all of my gun-related shopping, stocks 9mm Gold Dots in 115gr, 124gr, 124gr +P, and 147gr. Oddly, the 124gr +P seems to be the one that's easiest for them to keep on the shelf. The others are sometimes sold out, but the +P never has been (that I've seen anyway).

    Is it just personal preference, or what? Which of the four are the best? Is the +P in the 124gr necessary? I would have thought that would be the most popular...

    So, assuming all four flavors function and cycle flawlessly in your G19, which would you pick? And why?

    ETA: Price is identical between them, if that matters.
     
  2. Jed Carter

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    With a handgun it is likely to need more than one round to stop a threat. For me control, speed of follow up shots on target is the deciding factor when selecting a defensive round. I voted for the 124 grain, but really it is a toss up with the 147 grain. I seem to have less muzzle rise from the 147 grain, but I have a bunch of the 124 grain standard pressure ammo. Just too much flash and bang from the +P stuff IMO.
     
  3. MikePaiN

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    I use Golden Sabers 124g(standard pressure) but they are available in the same weights and pressures as Gold Dots. My EDC is a Kel-Tec PF9. I feel in such a short barrel, small pistol the 124g is a good balance, +P rounds seem wasted adding a huge muzzle flash and flip. My main hand gun is a Glock 19, which will handle the +P much better but it shoots great with standard pressure 124g so I stick with those for all my SD/HD needs.
     
  4. bannockburn

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    I prefer the 124 grain Gold Dots as it performs well in my guns and I can usually find a good deal on it at the local gunshows.
     
  5. Devonai

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    I carry the 124 +P for each of my 9x19mm pistols, going back all the way to my first Beretta 92FS in 1997. While I haven't gone through nearly as much of it in training as I have a less expensive FMJ load, I've always experienced excellent results. In fact, you've reminded me that my carry ammo is getting kind of old; I should get a new box soon and blow off the older stuff.
     
  6. TarDevil

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    I use 124 gr +P in my SR9c. The gun has enough heft that recoil is negligible. Were I carrying one of the micros 9's, I wouldn't use +P
     
  7. sidheshooter

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    I chose 124, because it works well in my guns. When we are talking about GDHP, I suspect that they'll all work. 124 standard seems to shoot to point of aim, has fairly mild recoil and blast in my light and short 9mms, and allegedly penetrates slightly further than 124 +P.
     
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    Heavy-for-caliber bullets offer the best chance for deep penetration with expansion -the 147s also offer very gentle recoil which shortens recovery time between shots.

    Go with the 147s.

    No need for the +P+ stuff.
     
  9. NG VI

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    I picked 147, but I'd be happy with either standard pressure or +P 124 grain as well.

    In a smaller gun I'd be more inclined to go with the 147 or standard 124.
     
  10. jon86

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    With the speer gold dots, it really doesn't matter. I keep 115 grain standard pressure in the G17 mainly because it is my wife's bedside gun. Every one of these weights has performed well in tests. I would probably choose 124+p or 147 grain.
     
  11. psyopspec

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    I voted +P. Purely subjective reason: I get more speed, which means greater penetration and expansion for what I consider a negligible amount of gain in recoil.
     
  12. mdauben

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    124gr +P in either Gold Dot or HST is my load of choice for my 9mm.
     
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    I would run the 124+P but this its like deciding between a 15oz hammer and a 16oz hammer.
     
  14. Inebriated

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    147 grain. I carried that for a long time, until I couldn't find it.

    Now I carry 135 grain Hornady Critical Duty. I care more about penetration than expansion, but I also care more about innocent people. I feel that the heavier 9mm loads give me that balance between penetration and enough expansion to sufficiently slow the round.
     
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    I'm surprised to see the 124 gr doing better than 147 grain. I had assumed it would go 124 +P > 147 > 115 > 124. That said, I carry 147 grain over 124 +P, I'd just assumed that most people who wanted 124 would go for the +P just because.
     
  17. holdencm9

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    I liked the 124gr standard pressure out of my CW9. The +P was a little snappier, but not terrible. I have a box of each but currently am loaded with the standard pressure.
     
  18. Old Dog

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    I do roll with the 124 +Ps, as it's the duty issue in 9mm for my employer ... and since, when I choose to carry a full-size nine (over a .45) when I'm not at work, it simply seems logical to go with the same round. If price and/or availability was an issue, I'd be content with any of the other Gold Dot choices ... (although, to be honest, I do wonder about the 147-grain occasionally due to its history of abysmal performance when it was duty issue for a previous employer).
     
  19. P5 Guy

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    124+P

    Is what is in my home use pistol and the one I picked in your poll.
    Speer also makes a "ShortBarrel" load and I use that in my G26 when I can find them. When the "ShortBarrel" is not available the carry pistol gets the 124+P. A bit more recoil but hardly worth the mention.
     
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    Actually, more than 99.99 percent of cases involving the defensive use of a firearm, either no shots are fired, or none that are fired hit the suspect, and the threat still ceases, so this statement, as worded, is not accurate.
    But, if you're referring to cases of violent attacks against randomly-selected victims committed by perpetrators who soldier on despite actually being shot by their intended victims (fewer than ten such cases in the US each year), then, yes, a rifle or shotgun might have better impact power.

    That being said, I'd go with the 124-grain standard pressure in my PF9 because the sights seem to be regulated for that weight, and the continued use of +P ammunition is not recommended by the manufacturer of the gun. The extra performance offered by the round in so small a gun is likely negligible, also.
     
  21. Pukindog12

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    In my CW9s I carry Gold Dots 124 gr +P. If I could find GD 147 gr I'd carry them but I haven't found any around here.
     
  22. Skribs

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    Med, when I pick self defense ammo and platform, I'm picking it assuming I need an involuntary stop.
     
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    124gr
     
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    Whoops. Deleted.
     
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