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The best 9 mm self defense load.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Oregongundude, Aug 15, 2006.

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What's the best 9 mm self defense load

Poll closed Aug 20, 2006.
  1. Winchester ranger 127 grain JHP +P+ SXT

    28.0%
  2. Remmington golden Saber 124 grain JHP +p

    4.0%
  3. Frederal HST 124 grain JHP +P

    4.0%
  4. Con Bon 115 grain +P

    4.0%
  5. Winchester Ranger 147 grain JHP Subsonic

    10.0%
  6. Speer Gold Dot 124 Grain GDHP +P

    36.0%
  7. Federal 135 grain Hydra shock JHP

    14.0%
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  1. Oregongundude

    Oregongundude Member

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    I'm looking for some opinions on the best 9 mm self defense load
     
  2. kokapelli

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    Is it for a short or long barrel?

    Standard or +P?
     
  3. MCgunner

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    Corbon +P 115 grain JHP
     
  4. Mongo the Mutterer

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    Federal Hydra Shok

    Aquila IQ

    Speer Gold Dot
     
  5. Oregongundude

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    I don't think it matters if it's a short, or long barrel.

    I'm looking for the best self defense load out of the one's I listed in the Poll. It look like most of my selections are +P at least.

    Thanks for your opinions in advance.

    :)
     
  6. kokapelli

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    Barrel length may be important.

    It is my understanding that CorBon designed the DPX round specifically for short barrels and from some of the gelatin tests I have seen, the DPX 9mm round was exceptional out of a short barreled gun.
     
  7. MR.G

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    I use the Federal 124 HST. I have never found a source that has the +P HST in stock. Streichers lists them, but not in stock.
     
  8. Oregongundude

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    OK fine, any barrel over 3 inches.

    I would think for the barrels over 3 inches and above.
     
  9. kokapelli

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    What ever you do make sure you test out at least 100 rounds of what ever ammo you choose for SD in you gun. I have found that my new cz 75 d pcr does not like hydra shocks (3 ftf out of 100) and ranger ammo (1 ftf out of 100). It does however love gold dot and hornady.
     
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  11. the naked prophet

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    You left out my favorite, DoubleTap 147 grain Gold Dots (9mm +P) at 1100-ish fps depending on barrel length.
     
  12. kokapelli

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    "DoubleTap 147 grain Gold Dots (9mm +P) at 1100-ish fps"

    A good round for defeating barriers, but I would be concerned about over penetration in a residential setting!
     
  13. Chupacabra

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    You can't go wrong with any of the +P loadings offered by Remington, Speer, or Corbon. All push a 125grain bullet to right around 1200fps.

    Personally, I like DoubleTap Ammo. I use the 165gr Gold Dot load in my 40S&W USPc and plan on using the 124grain +P Gold Dot load in my Browning HP. It's slightly hotter than factory ammo but that's fine by me! Any extra velocity is welcome. :D
     
  14. Ala Dan

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    Speer Gold Dot
     
  15. das028

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    Close your eyes and take a pick!


    Any reputable ammo manufacturer will do. Your best ammo is lots of ammo. Meaning, practice! Hit what you are aiming at.;)
     
  16. Oregongundude

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    The winchester Rangers are pushing about 1250 FPS.

    The winchester 127 grain JHP +P+ SXT are pushing about 1250 FPS and have a awesome "one stop rating by law enforcement."

    Just thought I would mention it here :)
     
  17. weregunner

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    I like the 135 gr hydra shoks.Or the 115 gr.standard loads in Winchester or Remington.+P is ok Find that I can recover quicker shot to shot with polymer Ruger.
     
  18. 1557

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    I voted for the RA9TA ranger,because I couldn't vote twice,and I have seen the results of this load on people first hand.

    In truth,any of the loads mentioned are fine.These days,it's difficult to find a BAD load among the top brands. Some people are hung up on bullet weight,some on velocity. I like all the loads. A few cases of the RA9TA,and RA9t on hand,as well as one case of 147HST.

    The Gold Dot is also as good as it gets.I base my choices on price,availabilty,speed of delivery. Your particular weapon may like one load better than the other.If that's the case,that's the load to go with.
    Mine don't seem to have a preference,but my 9's are all Glocks.
     
  19. kokapelli

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    "I base my choices on price,availabilty,speed of delivery. Your particular weapon may like one load better than the other.If that's the case,that's the load to go with."

    Hmmm! That would probably make a FMJ the best round for you.

    What's more avilable, lower priced and can be livered faster than FMJ rounds?

    Personally, I am concerned with reliability, penetration and expansion.
    :)
     
  20. 1557

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    Obviously you didn't read the entire post and only chose one sentence that you could twist to your liking to enable you make some wise ass remark.
     
  21. BsChoy

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    Easy fellas, we're all friends here....I picked the 127+p+ cuz I haven't read a review were it didn't penetrate or expand to al least .650 in diameter. The gold dot is a close 2nd as we carry that at work in the G22. I am comfortable with either.
     
  22. orionengnr

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    hey new guy...

    Please familiarize yourself with the "search" function and the many many threads in existence.
     
  23. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Moderator In Memoriam

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    Hello. I rarely refer folks to the search function, but there are plenty of 9mm vs. whatever threads or "which load is best in X caliber threads." Let's all make sure that if we continue this thread, we maintain courteous responses. For folks
    who are tired of these endless threads on refried topics, I'd say just look elsewhere until they go away or wind up locked.

    Thanks in advance.

    Best.
     
  24. Oregongundude

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    I will do that Onion.

    Anyway, I have my own opinion on what rounds I think are best.

    :neener:
     
  25. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Moderator In Memoriam

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    Hello. It appears that since the original poster now has gained some information and ideas, the thread has served its purpose.

    Best.
     
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