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Which 9x19mm Luger cartridge(s) to test against auto glass and gelatin?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Brass Fetcher, Nov 9, 2007.

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Which 9x19mm Luger cartridge(s) to test against auto glass and gelatin?

Poll closed Nov 16, 2007.
  1. 115gr FMJ

    10 vote(s)
    9.5%
  2. 124gr FMJ

    8 vote(s)
    7.6%
  3. 147gr FMJ

    5 vote(s)
    4.8%
  4. 115gr JHP (+P or standard)

    15 vote(s)
    14.3%
  5. 124gr JHP (+P or standard)

    38 vote(s)
    36.2%
  6. 147gr JHP (+P or standard)

    29 vote(s)
    27.6%
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  1. Brass Fetcher

    Brass Fetcher Member

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    The previous poll indicates that the 9x19mm Luger cartridge is the one that will be tested against an automobile windshield and a block of ballistic gelatin. Please let everyone know which cartridge(s) you would like to see put through this test.

    The test firearm will be a Glock 19 with 4.0" barrel length.
     
  2. Guitargod1985

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    NOOOOOOO!!!! I accidentally voted for 124 gr FMJ! I meant to vote for JHP.
     
  3. Gustav

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    Either 115 or 124 JHP as I think that is what most people carry.
     
  4. Kindrox

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    I vote for 147Gr FMJ/HP. Some people believe you could build build a 9MM proof house if you covered it in auto glass, and I figguer of all the 9MM rounds, 147 grain is the most likely to penetrate.

    So if you use 115/124 and they don't penetrate, the debate won't be settled because you did not test 147. If you do test 147 and they don't, the debate is settled.

    If you do test 147 and they do, at least we know one 9MM round that will.
     
  5. Anotherguy

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    147 Gr. JHP standard pressure.
     
  6. Hauptmann

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    124gr+P JHP. Preferably with Speer Gold Dots.
     
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  7. Kimber1911_06238

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    124 grain gold dots
     
  8. dao

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    124gr FMJ because it's my duty load, and because many shooting occurs whith bad guy inside a car ( and having rifles, so we need to shoot them before they shoot us ! ).
     
  9. Hauptmann

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    That sucks. I would think that Speer's Lawman TMJ loads would be better than say 9mm NATO or your other common FMJ loads for your needs. The Lawman bullet is essentially a Gold Dot without the hollow point, so the jacket is bonded to the lead core. If I were unable to carry JHP or SP, Speer Lawman would be my first choice since it is a bonded bullet.
     
  10. 1lostinspace

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    127 +P+ Winchester ranger T series.

    because that's what I carry.
     
  11. Brass Fetcher

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    It sounds like dao might be in the military, hence the 'lots of people with rifles in cars'?
     
  12. rbernie
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    147gr Winchester Personal Protection; the cheap stuff that nobody tests because it's not marketed as a premium bullet.
     
  13. GunNut

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    It's not a marketing issue, it's that it is NOT a premium bullet.

    I would second the Winchester Ranger 127gr +P+.

    Will you only be doing head on shots or will you all be trying some angles?
     
  14. Brass Fetcher

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    The windshield will be set at a 45 degree angle with respect to the plane of the table on which it will sit. This is the same as the FBI test #6, but without the 15 degree angle (with respect to vertical plane). I would do the 15deg offset, but this would be difficult because the windshield is curved, not flat. In order to get the shots on a flat piece of glass, the shots will be oriented along the vertical centerline of the window, where the glass is flat for several bullet diameters in either direction.
     
  15. Brass Fetcher

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    Special thanks to Glockman30 for contributing to the windshield tests. Remember - your donations keep the Brassfetcher whisk covered in partially dissolved gelatin powder and keeps the new tests coming! :)
     
  16. grimjaw

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    Go go gadget 147gr . . .
     
  17. MICHAEL T

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    115grCorbon DPX. Lets see how it stands up to ALL the rest no matter what weight.
     
  18. Brass Fetcher

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    It looks like 147gr +P or standard ammo is currently in the lead. But we also talked about testing 'cheap' FMJ and JHP ammo from Wal-Mart, etc.

    Lets start talking about a couple of 'common' rounds that can be included in the test, as well.
     
  19. Gun Slinger

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    Another vote for the 147 gr. JHP, specifically the Hornady XTP 147 JHP.

    If you want the toughest 147 gr. JHP for your test, the Hornady XTP as loaded in either the TAP-FPD or the TAP-CQ SD loadings (and their standard ammunition line, too) would be hard to beat not only for it's toughness, (because it typically expands well while holding together with good penetration in gelatin after passing through automotive glass, 0.55"-0.57" expansion/ 12.00" depth, as it was designed to satisfy the FBI testing protocols) but also for it's inherent accuracy, too.

    I think that the "heavy-for-caliber" bullets are the way to go in any caliber.

    As for the "common rounds' to compare it against, one of the most well-established is the Federal 9BP 115 gr. JHP at 1160 f.p.s. and would serve as an excellent 'benchmark'. Another that would be an excellent comparison load would be the Gold Dot 124 gr. JHP +P at 1220 f.p.s. That would give you two other excellent rounds of the other commonly utilzed bullet weights in 9mm to compare the 147 XTP against.

    G/S
     
  20. DMK

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    My sentiments exactly
     
  21. romma

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    I only shoot 115 gr. JHP, Beyond that, my carry piece gets too heavy for me to lug around.. :neener:
     
  22. esq_stu

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    DPX expands reliably in gelatin after going through 2 layers of 16-gauge steel. (stoppingpower.net) Why isn't it on your list?
     
  23. Brass Fetcher

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    What weight is the 9x19mm DPX?
     
  24. PPGMD

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    I would like to see what is probably the most common civilian SD ammo (at least around here) run against the window Speer Gold Dot 124gr.
     
  25. Brass Fetcher

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    OK... looks like the 124gr +P Gold Dot is the current favorite. Who likes the 124gr +P Golden Saber (non-LE)? That looks promising as well.
     
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