Best 9mm Ammo

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  1. Docdds

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    I have a XDM 5.25 9mm.
    What are your thoughts on which Ammo for self defense? How about practice range? Price, on target, smell, cleanliness and for self defense, its stopping power.
     
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    Federal smells the best I have never tested any of your other requests.
     
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    There is no BEST. Below is a list. Pick anyone on the list, it's not in best to worst order so no the top one is not the best. Run a few mags full of your choice to make sure it functions well in your gun. No what functions we in other's guns does not guarantee that it will function in yours.
    For range. Anything that function well in YOUR gun. Wolf, Winchester white box, PMC, Monarch. What ever is cheapest.

    9 mm:
    Barnes XPB 115 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Federal Tactical 124 gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Federal HST 124 gr +P JHP (P9HST3)
    Remington Golden Saber 124 gr +P JHP bonded (GSB9MMD)
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr JHP
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP
    Winchester Partition Gold 124 gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Ranger Bonded 124 gr +P JHP (RA9BA)
    Winchester Ranger-T 127 gr +P+ JHP (RA9TA)
    Federal Tactical 135 gr +P JHP (LE9T5)
    Federal HST 147 gr JHP (P9HST2)
    Remington Golden Saber 147 gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    Speer Gold Dot 147 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 147 gr JHP (RA9T)
    Winchester 147 gr bonded JHP (RA9B/Q4364)
     
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    For range ammo I consistently use the Winchester White Box 115gr or the similar Remington brand (also 115 gr). I can get 100 rd boxes of the WWB at Walmart cheaply.

    For carry, I like the Hornaday Critical Defense ammo.

    Those are my preferences. Hope this helps.
     
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    Ouch. I already know what's coming...
     
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    One more point, my son bought the Wolf brand 500 round bulk 9mm for his XD and we found it to be functional but seemingly louder, dirtier, with more muzzle flash than the WWB I use. It may have been the box he got, but he was very happy to be done with that. He hasn't bought it since.
     
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    An here it is.

    Hornady CD is the worst choice. Stick to a good quality HP from the list I posted.
     
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    Second what Agalindo said.

    Both times.
     
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    I'll be even simpler.

    Gold Dot's or Ranger's. Found about everywhere and they work reliably. Especially at 147gr. No matter how magically the bullet performs, an accurate shot to the center of mass is still a requirement.
     
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    Ranger Ts or Bonded. Not just any Ranger.

    I generally tell people Gold Dots or Golden Sabers since you can't screw that up.
     
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    Uh oh, someone mentioned Hornady CD ammo - a red bandana to the bulls.
     
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    For range use in my Gen 4 G17 I run 115gr Blazer Aluminum or American Eagle FMJ. CCI Independence is also good range ammo. I for one also have no problem with using steel cased ammo. Clean the gun regularly and it shouldn't have any corrosion issues.

    My Glock is a HD gun and I keep it loaded with Speer Gold Dot 124gr+P JHPs. My gun feeds them reliably and groups well. Remington Golden Sabres are also a good load choice IMO.
     
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    If you buy Hornady, Buy Hornady Tap Or The Custom, both use the XTP bullet, go for the 124gr or 147 gr. It's been around for a while, penetrates well , but expands less than some of the newer designs that Agalindo listed.

    Can also be found in Black Hill ammo and Fiocchi Extrema ammo.

    I don't know the how good their new Critical Duty is , but the Critical Defense appears to be a bad choice, others here may/will have worst things to say about it.

    From personal experience, i tried the Critical Defense and it would hang up on the feed ramp on 2 of may handguns(red tip seems catch, this was a couple of years ago), no other ammo has ever done this.

    All FMJ ammo seems to work fine for me.
     
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    I used to carry Hornady CD in my 9mm and LCP until joining this forum. Didn't realize how pitiful this stuff was. Since then swapped to Speer GD. Thanks folks! :D
     
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    I use Speer Gold Dot 147+P in all my 9mm pistols. I have found that the 147 and 147+P has the best accuracy for me in my XDm and Glocks.

    I also found some ballistic gel test of the 147 weight bullet on line and they performed well even threw clothing.
     

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