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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; Diffrent guns, bottom one was shot from a keltec...


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 03-30-2009, 10:35 AM   #31
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Diffrent guns, bottom one was shot from a keltec
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:13 PM   #32
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Anyone have an opinion/information on the WWB 147gr JHP. Will they expand reliable? I have seen pics of them expanded and they appear to expand nicely. I'm just not sure about the reliability of them expanding through clothing and the such.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:02 PM   #33
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I carry the 124 non +p HST and Gold Dot.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:39 PM   #34
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Anyone have an opinion/information on the WWB 147gr JHP. Will they expand reliable? I have seen pics of them expanded and they appear to expand nicely. I'm just not sure about the reliability of them expanding through clothing and the such.
No they do not expand as reliably as quality HPs. Clothing tends to clog up the HP and keep them from expanding.
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No they do not expand as reliably as quality HPs. Clothing tends to clog up the HP and keep them from expanding.
What kind of testing have you done that showed this? Wet newspaper, gelatin, or water jugs?
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I got the information from posts by Dr. Gary Roberts, one of the nations top terminal ballistics experts. He uses calibrated 10% ballistics gel using the IWBA, or FBI protocols.

Check out firesarmstactiacl.com and m4carbine.net go to the terminal ballistics area on both.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:41 PM   #37
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First choice is the 127gr Ranger T-Series (RA9TA). My testing has shown great performance and very consistent expansion with high weight retention.
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I ordered some Georgia Arms Gold Dot 124gr +P last night for about $20.99 or so for a box of 50rnds. About the only place online that I could find rounds for a decent price / quality defense loads (Everyone is out of stock. My order is back logged). I think these will serve me well for any pucker factor type of situation.

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:44 PM   #39
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I'm trying to decide what grain round would best suit me in 9mm for my new xdm9. I have some 115gr Hornady Critical Defense rounds, however I'm going to get some Federal HST's in either 124gr +P or 147gr +P. I'm interested to see what the majority of people use for self defense in the 9mm.

Thank you for your vote and input.

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The 147 grain +p HST is an excellent choice. The 124 HSTalso does well but it is not as good against windshield glass. Otherwise both are very good. Don't care for the Hornady the bullet does not expand well in clothing. Its just a remarketed XTP bullet which is good for hunting but not so good for self defense.


That is a 124 grain 9mm HST on the left


The bottom left is a standard pressure 147 grain HST.

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The 147 grain +p HST is an excellent choice. The 124 HSTalso does well but it is not as good against windshield glass.

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As a non-LEO it's hard to see any legitimate SD situation where I would be shooting through auto glass.
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