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winchester white box jhp(9mm) for defense?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cajun47, Mar 25, 2007.

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  1. cajun47

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    are the expensive hollow point or powerball +p 9mm ammo really that much better? cause i have eight ruger 9mm mags(15 rounds) to fill up.
     
  2. Sistema1927

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    The 147 WWB and the 147 SXT both show up in the specifications as being 990 fps from a 4 barrel. The SXT are in nickel cases, the WWB in brass. The bullets have a similar profile, but the SXT are supposedly a "supreme" expansion design. Everything that I read says that both bullets have similar performance when it comes to penetration and expansion.

    50 rounds of the WWB cost much less than 20 rounds of the SXT. Guess what gets shot out of my Kahr PM9?
     
  3. the naked prophet

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    Shoot one in the dark, then ask the same question. You probably won't need to ask the question again, though.

    Also, the "high quality" high price JHP ammo is better designed. The WWB or Remington UMC ammo may or may not expand, and may or may not penetrate enough. In my experience, the WWB does not expand, and the UMC is a toss up. The only exception is the UMC .40 180 grain JHP. They work well, but with a huge ball of flame.

    In addition to that, the high quality stuff will have better QC, and should be sealed against moisture.
     
  4. C-grunt

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    The premium stuff is better. If you cant afford it, the WWB JHP is better than ball.
     
  5. alucard0822

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    If you are looking to dump 120 in a BG's direction it doesn't matter what you load em with:evil:

    Ball ammo is designed to keep it's shape and penetrate as deep as possible after it hits someone. It introduces both an entry and exit wound to speed bleedout, and will feed more reliably than almost anything else. It lacks energy transfer, knock down power and creates a wound diameter of .355 straight through, but is cheap to shoot.

    HP defense ammo is designed to dump all of it's energy into the target, and increase the wound channel diameter by 50% or so over the bore diameter increasing stopping power. It stays in the target and increases the time to bleed out. It also decreases penetration and may not feed as well as FMJ, and the premium price. Cheap HP's are similar, but something has to be given up in exchange for the price difference, could be QC, penetration, expansion or something cosmetic, like no nickel plated cases

    Ultimately practice, training and shot placement are more important than what type of bullet flies out of the pipe
     
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  6. CajunBass

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    I use the WWB 115 JHP in my 9mm's when I carry a 9.

    I figure the bad guy don't know what it is. :D
     
  7. fogdor

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    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com

    Run by one of this forum's mods, Stephen A. Camp has test fired Winchester White Box JHP and compares it with other, more modern designs. A wealth of good info for the 9mm owner.
     
  8. GJRugby

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    The 147 SXTs I use are dead-on accurate! They also cost close to $1.00 per round, so you better enjoy them! My local gun store only had two boxes last time I went in there, so I had to buy them both (only 20 rounds per box). I also like the "kick" associated with this round, more so than the Remington FMJ 115GR, which for me, are all over the place in terms of accuracy.

    But still, like was said before, the bad guy doesn't know. The first two in my mag are the 147 SXT then the rest are cheap 147 gr flatties.

    Cheers,
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  9. ARTiger

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    Rather than trying to scrimp on loading 8 mags with bargain defensive ammo, one 15 rounder with the best stuff I can afford would be the route I would travel. You can fing Win Ranger 127 grain SXT +P+ LE Only ammo on the net for $25-$30 a box for 50. That'll load 3 of your mags with what many feel is the best defensive 9mm round available.
     
  10. Donut

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    I keep two mags loaded with Federal HST of the 124 gr +P variety. If I need more than 20 rounds (thanks CA), well then I'm in serious trouble.

    You can get the HST for $20 per 50, so if you really feel the need to load up all 8 mags with the good stuff, You're only looking at $60, with two-mags worth left over in the box.

    Personally, I think you'd be fine with a couple mags with the "good stuff" and the rest with whatever makes a hole accurately.
     
  11. the naked prophet

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    The problem with more expensive ammo is that you have to put 100-200 through the gun to be sure they're reliable in that gun. That can be expensive.

    My favorite load is the 147 grain Gold Dot loaded by DoubleTap to over 1100 fps. It's also much cheaper than the Winchester SXT. www.doubletapammo.com
     
  12. loplop

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    I use it. Both the 147gr. and 115 gr., depending upon firearm.

    I don't believe in magic bullets. Only ones that go where I aim them. Since I shoot a lot with the WWB JHP, I'm confident that 1) my gun will work with it and 2) I will put it right where I want to.

    I figure that's pretty important. It looks very much like the STHP to me, and I'm comfortable with that performance for my civilian lifestyle.

    As far as night vision and flash suppressed powders... I have not "seen" the need for them, in handguns. However I posted a thread on this recently and there's some interesting info developing. It looks to me like handgun (or long gun) choice makes the big difference... In 9mm semiautos I'm not worried about flash.

    Here's that thread if someone is interested in participating.
     
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    Buy the best ammo that you can afford. If the cheaper WWB JHP's are all that you can afford then go for it.

    I prefer to purchase the highest quality self defense ammo possible, especially in 9mm's where I believe that I need them.

    Steve
     
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    147 gr WWB personal protection for practice and carry.
     
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  16. ARTiger

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    :rolleyes: Only one thing much worse than dumb questions . . . not asking them.

    Cajun: I would reiterate what I said previously and encourage loading a few mags with the best stuff your wallet will allow and not worry about having 8 mags of butt stompin' defense loads lying around.

    The factual info on Winchester USA 147gr. JHP is that it has a muzzle velocity of 990 feet per second and muzzle energy of 320 foot/pounds. The 115 grain load has a muzzle velocity of 1225 FPS and Muzzle energy of 383 ft/lbs. Those are more than acceptable numbers for 9mm personal defense ammunition of similar bullet weights.

    What's a question mark however is just how well the bullet they use in these loads will perform. Will it consistently expand well and also penetrate to terminal depths? Probably, but there is better bullet technology available (SXT, Gold Dot, Golden Saber, etc.)

    For that extremely rare time which may never even occur that you may need to use the gun to defend your life, the question would then be what's an acceptable cost for ammo then and there?
     
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    Back when ammolab.com existed they tested WWB 147 personal protection ammo in gelatin with denim cover. It did just fine in penetration and expansion.
     
  18. Donut

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    How much does WWB 9mm JHP go for at Wally World?
     
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    I use WWB JHP in my CZ SP-01 (currently my nightstand gun).

    I've practiced enough with it to know it's accurate out of my gun, and has never given me a failure.

    As for performance in the "real world"...I doubt anyone would want you to try it on them to find out how effective it is. :D
     
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    Would it be better to use 115 grain JHP rather than 147 grain ?

    With HP don't you want to achieve the most penetration you can get, because the projectile will lose a tremendous amount of energy when it hits the target due to expansion.

    More energy in the 115 rather than the 147.

    Any thoughts ?

    -HCrab
     
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    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=238601

    I asked this a few months ago. FWIW, I've settled on Golden Sabers for the nightstand mags and Hornady TAP FPD for my carry mags. Both are 124gr, non +P. Next time I cycle ammo through the mags, I might pick up some Double Tap. Great price, good rep.
     
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    Personally, I think "premium ammo" gives folks a false sense of security. No ammo's going to save you, buckaroo, your shot placement will.

    Or they use the "my life is worth it" line. Well, of COURSE your life is worth it, so travel with an armored division at all times!

    If the WWB ammo has been shown to not reliably expand, and do it's job, then I'd stay away. But all tests show it works well. Maybe not quite the numbers that the "premium ammo" puts up, but that's IMO nullified by the fact you can shoot it all the time if you want due to low cost... and the fact you'll score more precise hits with what you typically shoot.

    It's like the guy who shows up at the range with the Wilson Combat .45 but can't hit the broadside of a barn. Is he really better protected than the kid with the shagged out LEO-tradein Glock that can hit 5 tiny circle targets on one page?

    Now, if you want to shoot premium ammo as your practice ammo, do it! I personally am comfortable with the WWB.
     
  23. possum

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    wwb jhp's is a good trainning rd, ie if you want to practice in volume shooting a load that is similar to that of a rd that you will be carrying but don't want to pay the rm and a leg that it would cost you to do so! wwb jhp's would do the job better than a fmj, but it definetly isn't on par with the more expensive jhp's out there. i lokk at it like this, how much is your and your loved one's lives worth? a couple boxes of pricey self defense loads, or a few boxes of cheaper ammo that you might be compramising by using?
    IMHO:
    wwb jhp's better than fmj for sd/hd, but not as good as the premium stuff out there!
     
  24. tostada

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    The reason I would trust 9MM for defense is because modern premium ammo like Ranger +P+ and DPX exists which behaves more like a nicely expanding .357 than a 9MM. I've shot tons of WWB without problems, but I just don't know how confident I'd be with any bulk ammo for any legitimate use.

    I certainly don't believe in magic bullets. I would just use expensive ammo because it's definitely better. I would have no problem using cheap ammo as long as it wasn't the bulk stuff. I mean, when the bullets actually sound different from shot to shot, you know there's not a lot of quality control going on.

    In the end, there are plenty of people using a 32 and 380 for defense, and I'd rather have a WWB holopoint any day. Keeping around a clip of expensive 9MM doesn't cost much, though.
     
  25. sara bellum

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    Hello cajun47. Please tell me what you think about these articles regarding ammunition, trauma, bullets, and shock effect. They appear to say that shock effect and penetration play significant roles in disabling an attacker, while minimizing the efficacy of larger calibers and hollow point bullets:

    "All handgun wounds will combine the components of penetration, permanent cavity, and temporary cavity to a greater or lesser degree. Fragmentation, on the other hand, does not reliably occur in handgun wounds due to the relatively low velocities of handgun bullets...

    ...Since the highest handgun velocities generally do not exceed 1400-1500 feet per second (fps) at the muzzle, reliable fragmentation could only be achieved by constructing a bullet so frangible as to eliminate any reasonable penetration. Unfortunately, such a bullet will break up too fast to penetrate to vital organs..."

    http://www.thegunzone.com/quantico-wounding.html .

    I believe that the above article implies that hollow point and FMJ rounds cannot fragment sufficiently to cause incapacitating trauma in every instance. This would lead me to believe that hollow points offer no more performance than FMJ ball ammo.

    What are your thoughts after reading this article? Are there any other articles that support the view that hollow point ammunition performs any differently?
     
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