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HST vs Ranger

This is a discussion on HST vs Ranger within the The Ammo Can forums, part of the Armory Talk category; Which is a better penetrating and expanding round? If ranger, which ranger? 9mm 147gr 9mm 124gr+P 9mm 124gr+P Bonded...


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Old 08-22-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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HST vs Ranger

Which is a better penetrating and expanding round?

If ranger, which ranger?

9mm 147gr
9mm 124gr+P
9mm 124gr+P Bonded
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Old 08-22-2006, 11:20 PM   #2
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The following link contains information from the September 2002 Portland Wound Ballistics Workshop that contains information on Federal P9HST1 (124gr Tactical HST), Federal P9HST2 (147gr Tactical HST), Winchester RA9TA (127gr +P+ Ranger-T Series) and Winchester RA9TP (listed as 147gr, although I cannot find a matching Winchester catalog number) shot through a G17 and a MP5: http://le.atk.com/pdf/PortlandWoundBallisticReport1.pdf

You can view it at your leisure and draw your own conclusions. While it doesn't test the full matrix of either Federal's HST offerings or Winchester's Ranger offerings, it does offer partial comparisons under similar conditions.

(Source of round descriptions: http://le.atk.com/Interior.asp?secti...ol_tatical.asp and http://www.winchester.com/lawenforce...0-%20Final.pdf )
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Old 08-22-2006, 11:51 PM   #3
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The models tested from Winchester is not the Law Enforcement version of the Winchester Ranger. There IS a difference. The IWBA has tested all the rounds and the Ranger-T series is one that frequently scores extremely well.
The model numbers for the Ranger-T series are:
RA9T
RA9BA
RA9115HP
RA9124N
These are all marked as Law Enforcement specific rounds, a designation made by Winchester and these are not sold by Winchester to the public at large. The Winchester SXT you normally see on the store shelves is NOT the same stuff and is generally to be avoided.
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Old 08-23-2006, 04:09 PM   #4
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im narrowed down to the 147gr 9mm or the 124 +p 9mm

Leaning more toward the 147 gr
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:31 PM   #5
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I carry the 147 Rangers in the 9mm and 230 Rangers in .45ACP. Second choice would be Speers.
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im narrowed down to the 147gr 9mm or the 124 +p 9mm

Leaning more toward the 147 gr
I agree 100%.
Shoot both and let the gun decide (it may have a preference with accuracy and POA/POI).

Those are my top two picks.
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