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Winchester 9mm Ranger 147gr. What's the use?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DustyVermonter, Sep 11, 2010.

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  1. DustyVermonter

    DustyVermonter Member

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    I found a pretty good deal on the Winchester Ranger 147gr FMJ and was wondering if it would be a good self defense round or if it was just practice ammo for the talons.

    I still plan on stocking up on it either way at $12.00 a box, I just didn't know what other's opinions on using heavy FMJ's for defensive purposes were. I love hardball ammo, especially in the .45 caliber.
     
  2. Lateck

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    That's a good deal.
    I personally use only JHP for SD ammo.
    So to me thats practice ammo or SHTF ammo.
    It will still kill something...

    Lateck,
     
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    No FMJ is good for SD use.

    Over-penetration and small wound channels compared to any decent JHP round.

    I would only use it for SD if I couldn't get anything else.

    rc
     
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    I wouldn't use it for SD either. What the 147gr slug does offer is additional bearing surface for the rifling. The most accurate factory 9mm round I have shot was a 147gr sub-sonic loading
     
  5. DustyVermonter

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    Additional bearing surface for the rifling???

    Sounds bad
     
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    Sounds like range ammo to me also.
     
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    All FMJ has about equal effectiveness as self defense ammo which generally isn't as good a a JHP. That being said though doesn't mean that FMJ is ineffective or non lethal, just that there are better choices. Personally I use solid bullets be they FMJ or lead for targets and JHP's for defense.

    147gr bullets in the 9mm are sub sonic usually just under 1,000 fps from the typical 4 to 5" pistol barrel. If you have a suppressed weapon you avoid the sonic boom or "crack sound" you get from a round traveling over 1,100 fps.

    If you shoot steel plate matches, the heavier bullet can help knocking down heavier plates.
     
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