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What 9mm (factory) ammo would you carry and why?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by CanCanCase, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. CanCanCase

    CanCanCase Southern Oregon Coast Member

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    With all the talk lately about how a .40 or .45 is the caliber of choice, but with the right load and round, 9mm is a very viable caliber... what's your choice of 9mm round to carry and why?

    Primarily I'm looking for defensive rounds - I don't want to shoot through and through and risk not knowing the backstop/background. At the same time, the more crank-head stopping power the better.

    I've been carrying Hornady Critical Defense rounds lately, but averaged an FTF about every other mag with a variety of guns: Ruger, Kimber, Sig, Kahr, Glock... I'm happy with the guns, just not the ammo.

    The new Kimber Solo is being touted (in some circles) as "built to handle high pressure ammo"... I can't say as I've looked too hard, but I don't see all too many 9mm +P loads at Bi-Mart.

    SO.... for all you 9mm CCW folks: what brand/weight/style/load do you carry and why? If you carry something that's not your first choice, what's your "best option" and why isn't it in your mag right now? (Note: let's keep the discussion limited to factory loads for now. I'll research and bring up reloads & homebrew in the appropriate forums after I have my bench set up this summer...)

    -Case
     
  2. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    Speer gold dot 124gr +p.
     
  3. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Ditto! Lots of tests on many sites show it is best, though all big-name-brand defensive rounds are really good. Only Corbon DPX is better, but terribly expensive. Golden Saber +P 124gr is really good too. The Gold Dot is reasonably priced so that you can make sure that it functions in your gun..........................elsullo
     
  4. CanCanCase

    CanCanCase Southern Oregon Coast Member

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  5. AASLTsgt

    AASLTsgt TACOMA Member

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    I know Fiochhi goes against all the gun nazi's but in all my weapons it has been my go to fail safe also hornady TAP is amazing ammo. I have a PF 9 and a Ruger P95 both practically request by name. IMO CORBON does seem alot more comfortable to shoot but for me going from double action magnum's to auto pistols i still prefer FIOCHHI especially XTP JHP great ammo I notice that it feeds amazingly and a smoother recoil. I don't have much experience shooting gelatin but I do regularly do what i like to call the double armor test (one sheet covered in clothing material with a 4-6 inch space then another metal sheet) i've seen the best results actually from hornady CD and previously mentioned RANGER but personally ranger gives quite a kick and the occassional FTF FTE.
    Thus my choosing Fiocchi and hornady. Remember in a perfect world it takes only one shot but in our world to there is a difference between "stopping" an attacker and rendering them "harmless" which usually means more than one shot.
     
  6. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Here's what I currently use

    Cor Bon 115 grain +P and my handloaded copy of same

    Speer Gold Dot 124 grain

    Cor Bon DPX all copper bullet

    For the chamber a Magsafe disintegrating round

    The Rangers have been getting some bad reviews in actual shoots, I would not trust them, myself
     
  7. olydemon

    olydemon Olympia Active Member

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    Just curious, you just use one?
     
  8. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    Curious as to where the bad Ranger reviews are, havent seen or experienced anything but good....Something Im very happy with and most defianately would NOT want to get hit by.

    They are friggen NASTY
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    If you mean the magsafe yes.. I put it in there in case I am up close and get a chance for a headshot, say in a retail line and there's a stickup.. the extra velocity helps ensure it will not bounce off a skull. I do not trust a Magsafe to penetrate deep enough for general purpose use so the mags are filled with proven HPs
     
  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I don't have a link because they were in my old crashed computer but they were several cops relating dept shoots where the expansion was less than stellar after hitting intermediate barriers such as clothing, The Rangers were made to meet FBI requirements for good penetration over heavy duty expansion if I remember right
     
  11. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    in 9mm I like Black Talons,
    now re-named Winchester Ranger
     
  12. olydemon

    olydemon Olympia Active Member

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    Ok.. I see. Thanks for explaining....
     
  13. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I use gold dots for my larger guns and Winchester 115 gr Silvertips in my Rohrbaugh. Plenty of oomph.
     
  14. r1easy

    r1easy tacoma Member

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    I like to keep in both our Sig P239 and Glock Gen4 26 Winchester's Supreme Elite Bonded PDX1 +P 124 gr JHP. Never had a FTF or FTE..
     
  15. Abunai

    Abunai Puget Sound Area Member

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    I'm a big fan of Federal HST 124 +P's in both my Kahr PM9 and FN Hi Power. Very reliable, feed well, great track record.
     
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    DAPSRT Dallas, Or Active Member

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    In my experience Gold Dot is a preferable round for a standard carry bullet. The jacket is bonded to the core, which makes it hold together better after penetration of barriers such as auto glass and car doors. I've seen Ranger readily comes apart in these situations.
     
  17. Old Hick

    Old Hick Oregon Active Member

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    Top choice would be Federal HST, speer gold dots then winchester rangers in that order.

    I carry federal HST 165 gr. in my .40 xdm, my wife carries fed. HST 147 gr. in her glock 19, and the boy carries fed. HST 180 gr. in his glock 22.

    Here is a link that shows the difference between most top choices.

    http://le.atk.com/pdf/Butte_WBW_5_27_09.pdf

    LE - Wound Ballistics

    and a link to the video if you don't want to read. Click on pistol ammunition link to the right.

    LE - Wound Ballistic Videos


    Also, you can do what I have done in the past, go buy an old roast or two, then take them out to the woods and do your own ballistics test. You'll have to dig the bullet out, but the proof is in the pudding so to speak.


    Stay Safe.
     
  18. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Gladstone, OR Member

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    Federal HST 147 Grain ... Just plain DEADLY ... Plus, I get it at no cost.
     
  19. ORHunter79

    ORHunter79 ... Active Member

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    Winchester Supreme Elite Bonded PDX1, which was chosen by the FBI as their primary service round AND it's available at Wal-Mart. Is it the best, I don't know. Gold Dot and HST have great reputations. Figure if the Fed's chose it, they put it through their test and it performed well enough.

    Oh, and I've had zero FTF in my G26.
     
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  20. SKIPPER99

    SKIPPER99 Peck, Id Member

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    yep thats what I carry, statistically proven to be as reliable as there is