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9mm bullet choice for SD Poll

This is a discussion on 9mm bullet choice for SD Poll within the The Polling Place forums, part of the Use and Training category; Originally Posted by KCub This may help...Good info with pictures....Keith http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/ammo-ca...ers-again.html Interesting link!! Thank you very much! ...Man I can't wait ot get these Hornady ...


View Poll Results: What is your 9mm Bullet Weight of choice for Self Defense
115gr 15 14.71%
124gr 55 53.92%
147gr 32 31.37%
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Old 03-29-2009, 01:57 PM   #21
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Interesting link!! Thank you very much! ...Man I can't wait ot get these Hornady Critical Defense rounds out of my night stand piece lol. I never did have any confidence in them but having something was better than nothing at the time being.
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:35 PM   #22
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Not sure which agencies are still using 115gr but FBI doesn't. Check the terminal ballistics area at m4 carbine, several LEO, and IWBA members post there, none of them recommend the 115gr.
Federal 9 mm +P+115 gr JHP18917291%0.71"13.9"
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:47 PM   #23
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Speer Gold Dot 9mm 124g +P hits at about 324 FP at 50yds.

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Hornady 9MM LUGER 115 GR FTX CRITICAL DEFENSE

They are supposed to penetrate clothing well and expand consistently.
I hope you're not shooting at someone with your pistol at 50 yards.
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:30 PM   #24
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After doing more research and looking at expanding rounds in the HST's and a few other top performers I've concluded that the 124gr and 147gr are about equal in expansion however the 147gr penetrates deeper as expected. I think for self defense the 124gr give the best expansion and a lesser chance of over pentration.

Now if I was a police officer I'd go 147gr for the barrier pentration....but I'm not a Cop so my main concern is expansion and adequate pentration without OVER penetration.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:24 AM   #25
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So all XDs can take +p right?
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Federal 9 mm +P+115 gr JHP18917291%0.71"13.9"
What's the source?
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:31 AM   #27
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StoppingPower.net Forums - Federal 9mm 115gr. +p+ 9BPLE - 10/05/2004

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And I know its still issued to my Local PD, and Border patrol in TX
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I havent crried a 9mm in quie sometime but Im about to start carrying my P6 and it will be loaded with 124 +P DoldDots.
Its good middle ground with penetration and energy.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:53 AM   #30
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Data at StoppingPower.net test doesn't follow IWBA or FBI protocol. No mention of gel calibration and temp. The way the expanded diameter is measured is incorrect. There should have been a 5 shot series. Looks like the round expanded once and acted like a FMJ with no expansion the other time. If the temp of the gel is too high, you will get over penetration when testing. With out mention of calibration there's no way of knowing what the actual penetration really is. It shows that 50% of the time the round did not expand in this test.



The "Stopping Power" is not anything I would consider scientific testing. More like M&S number games to me.

I have shot with some BP guys and I know they the are given this to practice but I never asked if it is what they carried.

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