Self Defense Ammo

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  1. Feb 16, 2011 #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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    XDRoX

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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

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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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    agalindo

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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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    Keltyke

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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

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    Actually winchester recommends the heaver bullet for shorter barrels.

     
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    Keltyke

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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

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    From what I've heard from Doc Roberts he's not all that impressed with Corbons.
     

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