Self Defense Ammo

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  1. sschrick

    sschrick XDTalk 500 Member

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    OK, so some questions about 124 gr. vs. 147 gr. in my XD9. Talking hollow points here for protection. Also, any comments on standard hollow point vs. the "+P" ammo. I see that Remington has 124 gr. Golden Saber hollow points for $15/box of 25 and the "+P" same load is $1/bullett. Looking for your feedback.

     
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    Any of these will work fine. Personally I use the 147gr Golden Sabers in my nightstand gun. Just make sure what ever you pick, to try in you gun before you depend on them.

    9 mm:
    Barnes XPB 105 & 115 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Federal Tactical 124 gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Partition Gold 124 gr JHP (RA91P)
    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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    dhunley1 XDTalk 1K Member

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    Try out as many as you can and go with what you shoot best.
     
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    Like the other said, try them out, see what works best/better with your specific pistol, in your hands. Just go down that list, and knock them out.

    My full-sized XDm9 as well as the 3.8 Compact will eat pretty much anything, without fail, but I like the Federal HST 147 gr. I also know that she'll eat the Speer GDHP 147 gr. just fine, so that's a backup (which my local shops reliably stock), in case I ever have trouble sourcing the former.

    On my Ruger SR9c, for some reason, I can't get the Cor-Bon DPX 115 gr. +P (Barnes bullet above, the first one on the list) to feed reliably.

    Test out your chosen round, on your SD/HD pistol(s). It's the only way to know, for sure.
     
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    The list in in no particular order. The barnes are not on top because the performed the best, actually the heaver bullets performed the best.
     
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    My XDM 9mm 3.8 loves the 147gr FMJ RA9147FMJ Winchester Ranger from sgammo.com
     
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    Any of the top lines will serve you well: Corbon, Speer, Winchester, Hornady, etc. I'm sure I missed someone's favorite.

    I'm not a fan of 147 gr. in short barrels. I believe it's hard to get the bullet up to a good velocity without some heavy recoil. I favor the 124 gr., but have carried Corbon's DPX 115 gr. I'm currently carrying 124 gr. JHP +p Speer Golt Dot, either the Personal Protection or the Short Barrel.

    The +p is well worth it. Extra velocity and not THAT much extra recoil.

    I'm not one to count costs when picking an SD ammo.

    Do a Google for ballistics tests and make your choice. Whatever you choose, run a hundred or so through your gun to test for reliability and POA.
     
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    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Actually winchester recommends the heaver bullet for shorter barrels.

     
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    Maybe that's true for Winchester's bullet design and load/type of powder. It's hard to beat Speer and Corbon's ballistics, though.
     
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    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    From what I've heard from Doc Roberts he's not all that impressed with Corbons.
     
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    Keltyke XDTalk 3K Member

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    Enlighten me, who is "Doc Roberts"? OTOH, since you will arbitrarily disagree with anything I say, "lindy", bye.
     
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    Doc Roberts is one of the nations top terminal ballistics experts.

     
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    ^ Indeed, that should be pointed out again, for anyone reading that list.

    "Go down the list" to try-out the different loads should not equate with thinking that the list is somehow in order of "rank" or other preference. "Going down the list" should simply be said to be a way of keeping track of which of those cartridges you've tried: in reality, a simple checklist would be just fine. :)
     
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    i am picking up my new in box xdm 9 compact saturday and purchased Hornady 115gr FTX hollow points. anyone shot them in there xd or xdm?

     

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